Thursday, June 18, 2009

NYU hipsters camp in friend's backyard

From the NY Post:

Two NYU grads and a pal who love living in the Big Apple but don't want to pay its high rents are happy campers -- each shells out $100 a month to pitch a tent in a friend's Brooklyn back yard.

"We're trying to make ends meet at a time when it's hard to make ends meet," said Louis Frank, 22, who set up his $169 waterproof, 4½-foot-by-9-foot tent on a wooden plank in the fenced-in Bushwick back yard on June 1.

"We have parents that could give us money to get an apartment," the NYU grad told The Post, "but it's nice to be independent."


Ok, boys, have fun. But what will you do in the winter?

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

heck with winter, what about rats?

Anonymous said...

Save a space for me.

italian girl said...

Will they be bringing their hot dates back to the tent as well?

Anonymous said...

"We have parents w/ $$$ ... but it's nice to be independent."

OMG, what a great thinker this dope will turn out to be. You're not independent. You're relying on a friend to put you up, and one who is too cheap to let you stay on his couch. Do you own the land you're camping on? What an ass clown!

Anonymous said...

And these urban Bedouins are to become the future hope of our society?

Wait until the muggers get 'em!

Future dopes!

I hope they have good "Wi-Fi" reception.

Anonymous said...

We make fun of them if their parents bankroll their Billyburg digs, we make fun of them if they're creative in trying to "make it" on their own. We are so "above it all."

Anonymous said...

They're probably going to be successful people in the long run because they're not worried about what other people will think about their "crazy" idea. They just went and did it. Entrepreneurial in a way. If they fail, they move on and it cost them almost nothing. If they don't, they still move on. Making jokes at them because YOU wouldn't do it is petty. Plus, every month, they save a thousand bucks.

Wade Nichols said...

It's all part of a contrived publicity campaign.

These guys (or more likely, their parents), can easily afford to pay rent.

Why don't they just simply pitch their tents and keep their mouths shut? But no, they probably tipped off a "friend of a friend" who's a publicist, and had them "casually mention" to a friend who works for the NY Post about their exploits. It's the same thing as the article linked here a while ago about the hipster doofuses living on a barge somewhere in Queens, I forget where.

These guys will probably be featured in some stupid reality show soon, or made to seem like it's a bigger deal than it really is.

It's not really that big of a deal. I've met rock climbers who've lived in caves in National Parks out west, mountain guides that live inside vans, people in Alaska that live in shacks without running water or heat. The joke among mountain guides is: "What do you call a mountain guide without a girlfriend?" "Homeless!"

These guys are a bunch of "Yuppie puppies"!

Anonymous said...

"They're probably going to be successful people in the long run because they're not worried about what other people will think about their "crazy" idea. They just went and did it. Entrepreneurial in a way. If they fail, they move on and it cost them almost nothing. If they don't, they still move on. Making jokes at them because YOU wouldn't do it is petty. Plus, every month, they save a thousand bucks."

Entrepeneurial? Entreneurs put their own money into action, they don't rely on free rides. Ass clowns!

Anonymous said...

Europeans had the "Scramble for Africa".

Hipsters have the "Scramble for NYC".

Anonymous said...

That's exactly what I mean. You can all make fun of them and mock that they're yuppies (no they are certainly not) or hipsters (yes they probably are) or something else that is only negative to your circle of small minded friends, because making fun of them is easy. It's easy to demean others anonymously when they can't defend themselves, but I'm struggling to find a reason why you all seem to dislike these guys so much? I'm vaguely certain that they haven't done anything to you personally to warrant such a negative response.

Anonymous said...

"I'm vaguely certain"

Great use of language. You have a future as a tweeding politician!

Liman said...

I can't say for sure id it does, but I would be surprised if NYC didn't have some ordinance or regulation forbidding running a campground without a license.

Anonymous said...

Jose and hose b will steal their tents for crack............i mean heroin.

Anonymous said...

Why don't they just simply pitch their tents and keep their mouths shut? But no, they probably tipped off a "friend of a friend" who's a publicist...

Perhaps. But aside from the fact that YOU don't roll that way, what's wrong with it? The comment about their "entrepreneurial spirit" may be on the right track here. It seems like every other show on network TV these days is a "reality" program. So if you're right, Wade, then these guys just understand the zeitgeist and may prove adept in capitalizing on it. Again, what's wrong with that?

Anonymous said...

They're kids, and that is what kids do. They are not hurting anyone. I am more concerned that they might have to save space on the ground for me.

It is tough getting started in the city nowadays. By the time loans are paid you have to live on air.