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Monday, March 31, 2008

New York, San Francisco Swapping Hipsters Like Spit

Posted By on Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 8:00 AM


The New York Times had an article in Sunday's Fashion and Style section that described the trend of hipsters in the Bay Area moving to new digs in New York and vice versa. It starts out with the story of Eve Levine, a 34-year-old Bay Area defector who runs the lamentably named workshop 'Homebuying for Hipsters' and it just gets better from there. Apparently, "there is a young, earnest population that is beating a path between artsy, gentrifying neighborhoods in Brooklyn and their counterparts in the Bay Area, especially East Oakland and the area south of Market Street in San Francisco, or SoMa." Some dude named Richard Florida wrote a book called The Rise of the Creative Class which ranks San Francisco number one on what he's dubbed the "creativity index." New York ranked a lowly number nine. But that hasn't kept the kids from flitting from coast to coast. (click 'more')

Our very own AWOL East Coaster, Dave Eggers, gets a shout out for founding "826 Valencia, a children's writing workshop, in the gritty Mission District of San Francisco," a version of which has since been opened in Williamsburg. And in case the similarities between our gentrified neighborhoods and New York's still escape you, take into consideration the fact that we both boast boutiquey D.I.Y. stores full of "felted throw pillows." If you're still in need of convincing, behold the infographic: They had Walt Whitman! We had Gertrude Stein! They've got Brooklyn Lager! We've got Anchorsteam! But don't "blame the hipsters" laments the ever-diplomatic Mr.Florida, " they are searching for places that are real and authentic. Many are isolated, many are alone. They were looking to avoid Generica. They were turned off by areas that had the same stores, Starbucks, etc." New York and San Francisco: We've got all the same unique shit.(illustration from New York Times)-Andy Wright

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