Posted in music on January 22, 2011

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"Families are discovering that Williamsburg is much more than a playground for the postcollege, skinny-jeans set. The neighborhood has a few private preschools; several indoor play spaces; art, movement and music classes; and a number of children's stores, some of which were started by neighborhood parents. Many of the condo buildings rising all over the neighborhood feature playrooms, pools and other family-friendly amenities." [NY Times]

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Comments (80)

i heard Gerber is introducing their new line of hummus soon

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2011 5:33 PM

The end.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2011 5:34 PM

williamsburg has been baby friendly for a while. nothing new. the times is always out of touch. a boring story, makes me sleepy.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2011 5:38 PM

what an ugly baby. blheck

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2011 5:39 PM

if only the babies had beards and tattoos...

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2011 5:40 PM

My child doesn't get a cent of my trust fund but he already loves Best Coast.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2011 5:54 PM

Wow, what a shitload of reasons not to move to Brooklyn (as if I needed more).

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2011 6:15 PM

Williamsburg is OVER!!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2011 6:20 PM

well I'd rather hang out with real toddlers than twenty somethings acting like toddlers thats for sure... that being said I'm not why you want to raise a family there.. I doubt many parents would think of Williamsburg as place to spend more than a few years

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2011 6:37 PM

Ahh God just fucking shoot me already.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2011 6:47 PM

If you want semi-normal kids, don't raise them in NYC. That should be easy enough.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2011 6:58 PM

I dunno the whole watching rats run down the platform waiting for the train where you had to step over the drunk guy sleeping in a puddle to even get on the train kinda stuff is awesome for kids. Amirite?

Anyone who says NYC is good for kids is either delusional or very rich.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2011 7:13 PM

babies born in lustburg

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2011 7:14 PM

soooo moving back to the 'burbs once i get my gf preggers

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2011 7:35 PM

7:13....

anyone who exploits NYC stereotypes like that is either delusional or from Ohio.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2011 8:19 PM

no its true nyc is not good for kids. i was born and raised in manhattan and did not turn out that well. and my parents had money. there are exceptions of course but better to raise your kids somewhere with more space and less neurotic people.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2011 8:31 PM

niec moving !

Posted by دعم فني | January 22, 2011 8:42 PM

(8:19 here)

I was raised in south Brooklyn and turned out okay. I can see how Manhattan isn't great for kids, though, unless you isolate them on the Upper East Side and purchase a $5 million penthouse. There are plenty of great places to raise kids in NYC outside Manhattan.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2011 8:44 PM

yeah brooklyn kids were a little more chill i have to say

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2011 8:53 PM

Babies stink!
No really, did you ever smell one?
P.U.
Notforme.
Parents? God bless ya'.
One man's perfume is another man's fart.
Now, who wants to shit on me?

Posted by Bobby Fartknocker | January 22, 2011 9:39 PM

"7:13....
anyone who exploits NYC stereotypes like that is either delusional or from Ohio."

i dont know .. i'm not that person but there are tons of rants on the g train.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2011 10:11 PM

I wonder if the times writes articles like this just to get the internet all up in arms.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2011 10:26 PM

hey, what's wrong with Ohio? it's not that I like it or anything but I'm interested in where that slight came from...

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2011 11:09 PM

what happens when the kid says i wanna play in a sports team.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2011 11:33 PM

"In the mornin' sun, 'round seven o'clock
The parking lot fills around Toys-Я-Us
And my little girl, she will get away
Ride her bike down Toddler Hiway
Take your Close'n'Play
Toddler Hiway."

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | January 22, 2011 11:54 PM

Cleveland is wrong with Ohio.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 12:06 AM

The surrounding 'burbs are the only way to go, baby. North and West it is!

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 12:11 AM

my baby farts out wavves albums

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 1:03 AM

These babies are gonna to start a really cool lo-fi band.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 1:18 AM

21st Century Schizoid Man

Posted by anon | January 23, 2011 1:20 AM

its not all bad
so much extra pussy up in here

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 1:27 AM

The hummus is better in the "berg" then it is in the "burb"

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 1:48 AM

Alright all fine and dandy, we know queens is where its at

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 2:26 AM

If it gets the cliche hipsters out of BK i'm fine with it!

Posted by E | January 23, 2011 2:45 AM

yes, but what will get the cliche haters out Brooklyn Vegan's comment pages?

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 10:11 AM

Everything is wrong with Ohio.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 10:32 AM

Duane Reade

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 10:36 AM

Williamsburg was "over" long before your 21-year old, pedophile-mustachioed, American Apparelized, midwestern hipster ass ever moved here.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 10:43 AM

people. people who make more people, are the ugliest people in the world.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 10:53 AM

Everything is wrong with Ohio and Philly.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 11:02 AM

Anyone remember the old path over the Williamsburg bridge, the one with the stairs?

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 11:25 AM

>>I dunno the whole watching rats run down the platform waiting for the train where you had to step over the drunk guy sleeping in a puddle to even get on the train kinda stuff is awesome for kids. Amirite?
Anyone who says NYC is good for kids is either delusional or very rich.
Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2011 7:13 PM

>>

Anybody smell a provincial racist in our midst? Scared much of difference?


Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 11:34 AM

williamsburg? my god, I thought it was 2011 and nobody gave a fuck

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 11:35 AM

"people. people who make more people, are the ugliest people in the world." anonymous 10:53

tell that to your grandparents & parents "spawn of ugliness"

Posted by sean | January 23, 2011 12:36 PM

Abortions > breeding

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 1:43 PM

Is it true that the very moment you get off the train in Brooklyn they hand you a record contract?

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 1:44 PM

finally, a place for (white) children

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 2:17 PM

ARABIC SPAM ALERT

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 2:23 PM

I read on the interwebs that only stupid people are breeding these days

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 3:21 PM

Only a couple more years till that kid is snorting line of hummus off pita triangle.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 3:24 PM

@ 3:21
sometimes the plot to idiocracey keeps me awake at night.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 4:11 PM

Rich people suck no mater where they live. Apparently now that they want to live in Williamsburg this is somehow newsworthy?

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 4:36 PM

Whitestone, Queens is the new Williamsburg. Get with it, hipsters.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 4:54 PM

WHAT'S WRONG WITH OHIO? EXPLAIN

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 5:27 PM

Williamsburg never "started." It was a media creation by a few real estate companies. Several thousand poseurs got suckered. Life-long New Yorkers (NYC) would certainly never live there.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 5:54 PM

"once the hummus enters a neighborhood... The hummus eaters shall migrate there."

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 6:41 PM

Agreed with 1/22-6:15PM.

Also, what happened to Brooklyn? Seriously. I'd like to see some of these transplanted BKers run into Biohazard and Type O Negative (complete with the ghost of Peter Steele). You know, the bands who GREW UP in Brooklyn?

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 6:51 PM

I was born and raised in Williamsburg before I'd say 95% of people posting in this thread knew it even existed. It's funny reading all these comments from people who have a sad pre-conceived idea of the place, even if they live, lived or want to live there. Nowadays, I feel like a tourist in my own hometown, but 199 Grand Street will always be home.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 7:55 PM

I can only say that Williamsburg was such a great, gritty neighborhood before about 10 years ago. I used to love walking over from my apartment in the Lower East Side (before that neighborhood sucked, too) to the sedate, unhipsterized Bedford Ave. Someone above noted that no native NYers live in W'burg. I do not know anyone who would want to live around a bunch of fauxhemians who did not grow up in NY, and certainly will not be here for more than a few years. It feels like a tourist trap, since the people living there have not sense of past, and do not care about the neighborhood's future.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 8:57 PM

6:51 & I will be at L'amour

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 11:27 PM

Well said, 8:57pm. Unhipsterized Bedford was quiet, the kind of quiet you'd find in Connecticut or New Hampshire, though there were artists and interesting people already setting up shop in the mid 90's.. You're old school Williamsburg though if you remember that old blind man with his doberman on Bedford and, I believe, North 6th or 5th Street. There was an old, closed pet shop and he always sat out with his doberman, which as a kid always scared me. Hell, a lot of people don't even remember the Commodore.
Times have changed, that's for sure. Nothing new there. I feel so close, yet so far away from that place.

Sincerely,
7:55pm

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2011 12:26 AM

Very confused, can someone please tell me where I should move to?

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2011 9:23 AM

you are insane. williamsburg before the bohemian invasion was a ghost town frequented by really vividly violent crime.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2011 9:37 AM

yeah really, it was not an area you wanted to go to. there were artists living there but that's because rent was so cheap due to the fact that it was a place you'd likely get raped in.

what's funny is that the people who live there now dress and pretend to be like the artists who lived there in the 80's and early 90's, but it's hilarious because it's just an image. do you think any legitimate starving artist would ever dream of living there now? why would they? if you do, you're kidding yourself.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2011 9:51 AM

I have lived in Williamsburg since 1995. I have 2 children, and I'm not wealthy.

I understand the hatred towards wealthy people taking over the neighborhood, but to take it out on all people who have children, is beyond stupid. I get a lot of dirty looks when I walk around with my kids. Also, a lot of a-holes practically push my kid out of the way when they get on the bus or the train. These people should watch their step, because if you hurt someone's kid, it is very likely that they will hurt you worse.

As for the people who think it's wrong to raise your kids in NYC... I just laugh at you. We raise our kids in NYC in the hopes that they will turn out better than the suburban idiots who post here thinking they know it all. We prefer to not raise our kids on TV and Walmart. Not to mention, we work in this city, so why would we live somewhere else?

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2011 10:16 AM

"I can only say that Williamsburg was such a great, gritty neighborhood before about 10 years ago"

WB was already done ten years ago in 2001. Bedford was already a mess for years in 2001.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2011 10:50 AM

10:16, we have Roe v Wade for a reason. Use it. It's never too late to abort!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2011 10:53 AM

^------- if only your parents had

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2011 11:18 AM

Sorry, 11:18, but only the most selfish, empty and ego-crazed narcissists have children in NYC these days. There's zero reason to reproduce with the amount of overcrowding in the world and the grim resource-hogging of Americans in general. But by all means, continue to get knocked up or impregnante someone so that you can feel like looking into the existential void is a little more bearable.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2011 11:35 AM

sorry 11:35, but people who make comments stereotyping an entire class of people, show a lack of intelligence. Anyone who is going to make an effort to raise their children to be responsible, contributing members of society should if they choose to.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2011 11:50 AM

that's a cute ass kid haha.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2011 12:03 PM

Here's what I don't get about that article:

"We thought, if Williamsburg could mature into a neighborhood where kids can grow, then you’ve won."

... Kids have been "growing" (up) in Williamsburg since before the 1960's, since the 70's and in my case, since 80's. I think it's utter nonsense even writing something like that out when it's inaccurate. "Mature" into a neighborhood? Oh, you mean akin to the Upper East Side? Private schools galore and the prerequisite being a sense of wealth in the air? Is that what you mean by 'mature into'? Oh I get it now. Kids don't "grow" in a neighborhood unless it's a rich neighborhood. Got it.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2011 12:20 PM

Hummus is a fantastic food and helps a growing mind.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2011 12:29 PM

Children and babies in NYC are not the problem.
The lousy PBR crowd/NYC leeches (who did not grow up here); who move here for a few years and then leave; and who offer nothing to NYC aside from their over-inflated sense of worth - - - they are the problem.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2011 2:47 PM

True, the transient hipsters are the problem. They move from somewhere in the midwest, pay stupid money to live in some ghetto like Bushwick and then leave when things are tough. Rent stabilized rents used to be the way to go, but now with all the turnover, they are basically market rate.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2011 3:18 PM

Williamsburg died in 2001. There is not 1 native new yorker living there. No culture whatsoever.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2011 3:58 PM

born and raised in queens, considered moving to williamsburg around 2005 when i graduated college. this was before i really spent too much time in the burg, just went to a few good shows, bought some records and food. settled on living in astoria. thank god. i'll go to williamsburg for the occasional show, but to live there it would have to be rent free and in one of the less crowded spots.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2011 4:04 PM

queens is where it's at. brooklyn isn't cooking no more

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2011 11:09 PM

"Williamsburg died in 2001. There is not 1 native new yorker living there. No culture whatsoever."

There are a few original Williamsburg residents around, especially on the South Side, which is, however, a shadow of its former self. Havemeyer comes to mind.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2011 11:01 AM

still waiting to laugh at these hummus "jokes"

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2011 3:09 AM

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