Seems like everyone is having fun with the whole hipsters-hate-the-census meme – even NPR got into the act over the weekend. The funny thing is, “Williamsburg” as the City is defining it pretty much equals Hasidic South Williamsburg. Not that the hipsters are doing that well – the response rate for most of North Brooklyn just plain sucks.
(South) Williamsburg leads the race to the bottom at 31%.
Bushwick and Greenpoint? They’re hovering at about 40%.
Northside and Southside Williamsburg are at about 43% (just besting the Borough average).
And East Williamsburg? A gold star for 48%.
While hipsters aren’t necessarily the problem, there is a certain lack of civic thinking in foolishness like this quote from a clerk at Academy Records:
I guess it’s laziness and like, what’s the point? When it comes down to it, nobody wants to fill out like another form that’s just like getting sent to your house that really relatively has nothing to do with your life… I mean people would do if they got like five bucks.
UPDATE: I see FREE Williamsburg got here first, complete with map links, which show that the Southside and East Williamsburg are up over 50%.