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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...
"As I see it, culture and creativity have a sort of synergistic relationship where one supports the other," says Leichtung, when asked about the current state of culture in Brooklyn. "Right now the cost of living is unbelievably high in Brooklyn, so much so that artists who do live in Brooklyn are having to prioritize financial gain as opposed to focusing on their craft. I've noticed a mass exodus of Brooklyners to the Midwest—specifically...
Why is Brooklyn a place where culture and arts seem to flourish? The same things that made Soho an attractive neighborhood for arts and culture, the people who want to live and work near arts and culture in the 70s and 80s, were present in Brooklyn ten years ago, but less so now. What I mean by that is cheap space, affordable housing, varied architecture, and square footage that you couldn’t get in most of...