In the meantime, we visited Williamsburg, Brooklyn for the first time. It used to be full of all Orthodox Jewish people, but now it is all young hipsters. It was sort of jarring because it reminded me both of Harvard Square and parts of the old East Village, except, except..everyone was in their twenties. Their young twenties. I felt too old to be there! There were people selling their used clothes on every corner, kids bopping on the street or spilling out of apartments. Great shops, restaurants, bookstores, but the vibe was decidedly college. It was the first time I had ever visited a part of NYC where I felt, nice place to visit but I could not live here. I'm too old! Interestingly enough, the NY Times had a piece about Williamsburg, how it is considered terrible among the culture there to have to take money from your parents to afford the high rents there, but how else can starving artists pay $1500 to $3000 a month?
Of course vibes change. My beloved Soho is now bankers and models. Hoboken when we moved here was filled with artists and writers and we were all pioneers in a gritty city, but now it is gentrified. I love the restaurants and shops and cultural activities. I love the city buzz. What I don't love are the bankers and beefy jocks who like to drink too much on the weekend. I'm not fond of the too many posturing kids who are too timid to get thee to Manhattan but still want to hang out somewhere urban.
But that vibe, too, will pass.