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The beginning of a new year is a natural time to take stock of the world we live in: what’s developed; what’s stalled; what’s been born; what’s died. This impulse to look at the immediate past and hope to catch a glimpse of what’s to come manifests itself in countless ways, but perhaps none were so prevalent this year than this stark assessment of the state of Brooklyn culture: It’s dead. The abrupt closing in...
How long ago did you first start to think that leaving Brooklyn was the best move for Galapagos? And what was the final straw that made you decide, OK, it’s time? When they came for the vulnerable in Greenwich Village, the Lower East Side, and the East Village I thought we’d be safe in little, tiny north Brooklyn, but then the market came for us. Arguably, New York City can no longer aggregate the most...
Though Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival has been going strong for nearly a decade as one of the largest festivals in the city, attracting more than 30,000 people each year, founder Wes Jackson revealed that the festival is feeling the pressure of the rising cost of real estate. “The performance spaces where we've been doing the fest are surrounded by the Brooklyn homes of the one percent,” Jackson explained. “They wield power sometimes overtly, sometimes covertly,...
Editors at Tin House, and husband and wife, Rob Spillman and Elissa Schappell are seasoned Brooklynites; plus, having lived in Park Slope for nearly 20 years, they’ve seen their fair share of transformations. We spoke with them about the changes they've seen in Brooklyn, and whether or not they're worried about the borough's cultural integrity. Elissa Schappell: “The problem isn’t so much that the neighborhoods are being gentrified it’s that the people who are moving in aren't...

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