NY Times' "Ridgewood is the new Brooklyn" story. I originally ignored it because I thought it was an old article. It pretty much is one that was recycled from earlier this year, and last year, and the year before that. (And previously the "next Brooklyns" were LIC and Astoria.)
What can I say about this? The Times fawns over the newbies, mainly because those invading Ridgewood today are not the same working class people that had been moving in since the early 20th century. Instead, these are people who whine that housing is becoming unaffordable, yet seem to have plenty of money to patronize bars and restaurants that are opening up on every corner posthaste. Maybe if they were a little more disciplined in how they spend their money, they wouldn't have to use their well-off parents back in Michigan as ATMs (of course the article fails to mention that). What gets me is that there seems to be an unlimited supply of these dweebs, as well as their clueless parents, and they actually think of themselves as "artists".
They priced out many people who grew up in the area, and the actual artists that were here before them, as well as first generation immigrants struggling to make it, so they deserve no sympathy. All they do is leave a path of destruction behind them as they pass through. As Curbed put it, "Congratulations, Ridgewood. Enjoy all the construction."
Personally, I am getting tired of these post-college arrested development cases. Normal people finish their studies, grow up, start careers and families, try to make it on their own and are not hanging out at warehouses-turned-clubs every night and sitting in coffee shops with laptops all day playing the part of developer bait. The biggest crisis these folks seem to face is when the food they order on Seamless takes an hour to arrive and the ketchup is missing. If your main obsession in life is brunch, it's a safe bet that you have way too much free time on your hands. Volunteerism and sacrifice are foreign words to most of this set. When will they come to realize that their frivolous behavior is going to ultimately drive them to their own exodus?
My advice to them, not that they'll take it: Stop walking around acting like you're not only entitled, but smarter than everyone else because you drink craft beer. You live in f*cking Ridgewood. Get over yourselves.