Posted in NYC | style on September 21, 2012

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When you think of an outlet with its finger on the pulse of "what's next," it might not be Forbes Magazine. Nevertheless the rag has compiled its list of "hippest hipster neighborhoods" in the US, which lands Williamsburg Brooklyn at #3:

1. Silver Lake, Los Angeles
2. Mission District, San Francisco
3. Williamsburg, Brooklyn
4. Wicker Park, Chicago
5. Pearl District, Portland
6. H Street Corridor, Washington D.C.
7. East Austin, Austin
8. Capitol Hill, Seattle
9. The Uptown, Oakland
10. Warehouse District, New Orleans
Just as interesting, and hardly surprising, is the magazine's comments on the changing face of Williamsburg:
Williamsburg may have spawned the hipster craze, but the neighborhood is evolving in a direction that's far less hospitable to the patchily employed, fedora-wearing crowd. "The more successful neighborhoods like Williamsburg become in attracting people, the real estate prices go up and a lot of the urban pioneers end up moving on," says David Morley, a research associate with the American Planning Association, a nonprofit educational group for community developers.

Real estate prices in the north Brooklyn neighborhood have been steadily rising...his firm reports that Williamsburg rents in July were 23% higher than a year ago ... [and] the mean rent for a studio apartment in Williamsburg was $200 higher than for a comparable (albeit smaller) apartment in Manhattan's Greenwich Village

There you have it folks. The Williamsbur hipster apocalypse according to Forbes.

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Comments (71)

Portland is #5???

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 2:30 PM

SF before nyc? yeah right.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 2:30 PM

I really care about this.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 2:30 PM

Forbes is about 5 years behind. Not surprised though

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 2:32 PM

JEREMY LIN

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 2:33 PM

Forbes be damned, we all know what hood has the best hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 2:34 PM

the patchily employed, fedora-wearing crowd.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 2:36 PM

Who's cooler than Forbes?

Next I wanna hear Yahoo!News's picks for what's hot at ATP this year!

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 2:38 PM

Who's cooler than Forbes?


The Chick Pees!

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 2:39 PM

I can't believe East New York didn't make the list

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 2:44 PM

Lamestream media is always soooo last year.
In this case Forbes is soooo 2009, billyburg has almost completed its latest transition, this time its final one, into a stroller moms hood. Billyburg is the new Park Slope.

And Portland MUST be number one on the list!

Posted by ME | September 21, 2012 2:47 PM

^Not true, Park Slope has way better housing stock.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 2:48 PM

Those aren't "hipsters" in the above photo. They are "retards" and are quite offended by that "hipster" slur.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 2:49 PM

2:47 2009? Try 2003.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 2:52 PM

When will people stop making hipster/williamsburg jokes?

Williamsburg is full of financial services professionals and heiresses. You might as well be all "oh the east village and all those freaks and weirdos!"

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 2:53 PM

^I know. I wish the media would let us make the transition to rich guy shit in peace.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 2:56 PM

^Yea, maybe if they were talking about Bushwick that'd make more sense.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 2:57 PM

Does anyone know where all the poor people got shipped off to? Just curious.

Posted by non - New Yorker | September 21, 2012 2:59 PM

^North Florida I think.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 3:00 PM

East Austin is unbearable

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 3:02 PM

East Nashville blows anything in BK away.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 3:04 PM

East Flyover is East Flyover.

We don't care.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 3:05 PM

if my neighborhood ended up on one of these abysmal lists, i'd move post-haste.

Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2012 3:06 PM

Q: What's the funnest thing to do in East Nashville?

A: Look out the window of the plane.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 3:06 PM

No true hipster can afford to live in any of those neighborhoods...how did south beach slip off the top ten?

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 3:07 PM

^because it's made up nonsense?

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 3:08 PM

2:59 Brownsville, ENY, Canarsie, Soundview(BX), Hempstead (LI) Roosevelt (LI)

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 3:09 PM

3:04 explain yourself, I am genuinely interested

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 3:10 PM

Roosevelt, LI is the next hip neighborhood to gentrify.

Terrace Ave represent!

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 3:11 PM

3:06 We have a winner

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 3:13 PM

has this person ever been to the pearl district? this neighborhood is by far the most sanitized and polished district in the entire city - so hipsters are just fetal yuppies, waiting for their streetcars and rug shops? this is a damnation of hipsters and a clear illustration of the shear banality of these lists.

Posted by rj koscielniak | September 21, 2012 3:17 PM

What the fuck does Forbes know about fuckall?

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 3:17 PM

TERRRACE AAAAAAAAAAVE!

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 3:20 PM

No Detroit = irrelevant list

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 3:21 PM

^I think you are looking for the murder rate list.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 3:23 PM

how about Brownsville?

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 3:45 PM

The Pearl District in Portland? Ha! That's pretty funny. If any of you know "The Pearl", it is the least hipster of any Portland neighborhood. It's a haven for high class, boring yuppies and their Mercedes and PF Changs.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 3:51 PM

What is a hipster? Once that term is defined, this conversation may continue.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 3:54 PM

lulz, 3:51 equates PF Changs as somehow upscale.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 3:57 PM

Brooklyn is still bridge and tunnel. Move to the real borough.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 4:00 PM

3:54 - is that you, Professor Rock? How was Louis CK?

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 4:06 PM

Geocities lists Oakland over Williamsburg.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 4:13 PM

Hipster = any person in NYC who is not black and not visibly / audibly blue collar.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 4:23 PM

Nothing in Youngstown, OH? This list is BS.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 4:29 PM

I'm telling you, terrace ave Hempstead is the new bedford ave!

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 4:35 PM

Bushwick over WB anyday

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 4:38 PM

Bay Ridge is the new Williamsburg.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 4:42 PM

LA? makes sense consdering that's where the mass concentration of prissy bithchy people come from. Also the latent passive-agressive jealousy of NY comes into play as well.


"What a drag"
"_______ are soooooooo *insert ludicrous year here*"

^ typical Californiiiyyyyyaaaaahhhhh douchenozzle hipster commentary

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 4:52 PM

ditmas pahk!

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 6:20 PM

this is just some bumfuck list made by a bunch of squares so they can help yuppies develop their marketing plans for the next fiscal year

that being said, friends is still a shitty shitty band

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 6:31 PM

6:20, Cortelyou represent!

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 8:00 PM

6:30, Its the disdain for Friends that unites us all.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 8:01 PM

BV lobbed us a softball and this is the best we could come up with?

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 8:08 PM

I farted.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 8:40 PM

The new Williamsburg is wherever Frohawk lives.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 9:44 PM

^truth!

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 10:38 PM

so true my shitty ex-girlfriend lives in Williamsburg now, she's a big shot with a 90K gig and her Daddy's Car, she sings in shitty bands at Rockwood and she's got baby fever!

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 10:43 PM

The only thing I don't understand is how No Libs or Chinatown Philly aren't in the top 10???

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 10:48 PM

I ate a fried-ape sandwich with butter today. *SIGH*

Posted by Lil Harold II | September 21, 2012 11:04 PM

So stupid

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2012 11:41 PM

why do they bother with gentrification any more. some yuppie mom with divorce loot says, "I want to live, raise my children, and shop where the weirdoes hang out"? this does not make any sense. take your children somewhere they can be exposed to functioning people not coke doers. leave their neighborhoods to rot. they should gentrify the bronx instead.

Posted by cannibalistic bloodmouth | September 22, 2012 12:43 AM

well, basically, like, they don't? (kinda, sorta?)

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2012 6:15 AM

10:43, 90k is not enough to make someone a big shot. For 90k salary, you can just about afford to rent a studio by yourself in Billyburg.

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2012 7:00 AM

Everyone wants to know what the next cool thing is, and why not? Everyone wants to be liked and have friends and have fun, so let me tell you what the next cool thing is going to be. It's going to be a return to older days, simpler times. People will take stock of what is currently happening and cleanse themselves of it. The era focused on will be early 20th century America so style and dress will be of that era. The focus on electronics will dwindle - they will not disappear, but won't control us (it will be the opposite). It will start with cities closer to NY which fell apart after industry left (CT along the 95 corridor, Binghamton, etc). Some will go hard and turn to an Amish like existence but most will stick to urban areas. People bash hipsters, but they may end up being the saving angels of cities which have not fared so well in the post industrial age.

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2012 10:03 AM

^Huh?

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2012 11:24 AM

Isn't this the itinerary for the Pocket Full of Kryptonite 20th anniversary shows?

That would explain it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2012 3:16 PM

lol

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2012 3:20 PM

10:03. Nobody cool is turning Amish and moving to Binghamton.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2012 10:16 AM

s p i n d o c t o r s

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2012 10:51 AM

Washington DC?!?! sucks tits...no my bad. sucks the Man's balls. H St is shit. shouldn't be on this list in any way shape er form.

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2012 2:51 PM

hipster's are the best.

Posted by mike | July 17, 2013 4:01 PM

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