Not that I wouldn’t take a decently priced Williamsburg apartment if it fell into my lap. Come on, you could rent an entire second apartment from the potential Airbnb profits alone. But I also probably wouldn’t tell people my apartment in say, Bed-Stuy or Fort Greene was some kind of offshoot of Williamsburg (or even that my actual apartment far out along the JMZ is in some way “East Williamsburg.”) This, I guess, is where Craigslist and I part ways.
And, I mean, I didn’t jump into a search of no-fee Craigslist apartments expecting not to have to sift through a bunch of totally preposterous garbage. It’s sort of what you get when you need to find a new apartment and aren’t in the position to throw money at the problem and hire a broker. What I didn’t really expect was that as I moved my search further into Bed-Stuy, people would still be trying their hardest to lay claim to some of that Williamsburg money. And also, to convince renters that Bed-Stuy doesn’t actually exist at all.