Following up on the pioneer watch, I just read one of the Times‘ pieces about the “new” Brooklyn, in which Jeff Vandam discusses the area not far from our place where hipsters have settled into loft apartments.
Vandam profiles Glen Bingham, who is (what else?) a singer in a rock band. Bingham tells Vandam: “I was like: ‘Right on! This is nothing! We can make it something!’ ” Then, later, Bingham says, “I guess we’re pioneers, but we’re not homesteaders, you know?…I didn’t move here to stay here and have it stay this way.”
At least Gideon Yago, talking to the appalling Toni Schlesinger, had the decency to say, “Oh, pioneers! Though I’m not sure I enjoy that term. There are people living here.” That’s what the other “pioneers” lack: a sense that there are people already here who might not want a Brooklyn Industries and a music scene.
But then here’s where I might be a hypocrite. When Vandam described the bar Kings County, I thought, “Maybe we should check that place out.” I’d love to see more hang-outs and restaurants in our area, but unlike Bingham and the other “pioneers,” I don’t want to completely change what’s here. We can have places here that we like without driving out all the places that are already here. Besides, does every street in Bushwick really need all the bars and galleries and boutiques that Williamsburg has?