Back from Whence they came
To be young is to believe wholeheartedly in certain rosy, soothing illusions—that age, infirmity and death will never come to call, that divorce and the suburbs are fates that only befall other people. And yet, we will all know illness, we will all die and many, though not all of us, will move to the suburbs.
Young families have been moving to the suburbs for as long as there have been young families and suburbs. That many of the young families moving to New York suburbs should be Brooklynites, and that many of them should fancy themselves “creative types” and that they, like their parents and grandparents before them, should believe themselves capable of bringing their superior sensibilities to the land of compromises and comfort should come as no surprise. See: Revolutionary Road.
And yet, the New York Times has seen fit to print yet another style section feature on the suburban exodus of Brooklynites called, what else, “Creating Hipsturbia.” After all, “Williamsburg on the Hudson” ran way back in August 2011.
THREE'S A TREND!
Scientology head honcho David Miscavige’s niece has a book deal for a tell-all about the organization. Tony Ortega, former editor-in-chief of The Village Voice, is trying to get a book deal about the subject (rather than just blogging about it at the alt-weekly). The Master is in theaters. There is ongoing interest in Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes (and a Vanity Fair cover story).
The Trouble with Aesthetics
Remember when people once liked practical things on their houses? Porches and overhangs and aluminum awnings and such?
Well Greenpoint, for one, has had it with aluminum awnings, reports The New York Times.
Those humble providers of shelter are so mid-century, and not Eames chairs/ skinny ties/ birth of the cool kind of mid-century, but smoking around children and eating TV dinners kind of mid-century.
Elizabeth Warren:why won’t she just leave conservatives alone? Why does she insist on keeping her campaign running, despite the fact that she’s revealed herself to be either part Native American or an opportunistic liar? (Follow-up question: Which of those two traits do Republicans find more disgusting?)
In an effort to squash the Massachusetts Senate candidate’s campaign, racist conservatives have taken to their new best friend, Twitter, to express their outrage over something other than the fact that Rue from Hunger Games was so not black in the books. Today’s trending hashtag? #ElizabethWarrenIndianNames. Hey, she started it!
Some of our “favorites” from the social networking hate-bubble, below.
Last week, The Brooklyn Paper made (largely unattributed) waves with a trend story on the “babyccino,” which is what some Brooklyn baristas are willing to call “steamed milk” if it keeps the borough’s powerful twee parent contingent happy. After being picked up by Daily Intel, the “espresso shots for tots” popped up in Read More
Another iPhone-y Trend Piece
On a charming August night, The Observer was sitting on our fire escape with two friends, having cigarettes, having beer. We had brought out an iPhone dock, a diminutive speaker machine that plays music right from a mobile device, at a decent, but not offensive-to-the-neighbors, volume.
Then, with a jerk of an arm, there came Read More
With a covered head the requirement of those working behind the counters of coffeeshops, there’s one question that begs to be asked: what’s the headgear that defines your inner barista?
There are options: the trilby, the baseball cap, the cloche, the kepi, the newsboy, the porkpie, the pageboy, the bowler, the beret, the Stetson, the Read More
Stephanie Seymour and Peter Brant went from calling each other all manner of nasty names to New York Post speculating that the housing market is tempting couples to forego the expensive divorce and work out their issues.
The Post brings us the flimsiest of flimsy trend stores with the obligatory two divorce lawyers and Read More