“Grey, rainy days, how I hate you! I am almost twenty-two, and still unloved. You remind me that beauty is a brief thing. You remind me that death hovers over me on dark wings. You even make me want to think of death… I don’t for a moment suppose it’s the weather that ails me. Too much New York cheer, no doubt! I am exhausted, mentally and physically, unable to see things as they are. Straight normalities have a dark and crooked look when I am low and fagged. I cannot write anymore - it requires the living death of loneliness and solitude to make me write - and no writing ever done is worth it.”
“It’s becoming a very hot area, and the people from Williamsburg are moving further out, and they don’t want it to be known as a Puerto Rican or Spanish area anymore,” he said. “I think it would help the image of the area.”
THIS IS SO OFFENSIVE.
and what “wealthy white people” exist along Graham? I’ve never seen a one.
and why are we always the one giving ‘hoods bad names? always a shame to be in these places and see the devastation (read: literally shit all over the streets) and the residents walking around giving zero fucks. it’s embarrassing. take some pride and initiative for God’s sake. you don’t want rich white people “gentrifying” the place with coffee shops and bars, then please contribute something positive to your ‘hood, don’t just treat it like garbage and complain about racist remarks if you’re feeding into the stereotypes.
this entire debacle really pisses me off about Brooklyn, and New York in general. there’s just no respect for the prior generation - the cultures, families, history that has existed. a lot of my family members grew up in Williamsburg/Bushwick and the Bronx and Queens and to see a sign like this removed would be really awful; it’s literally having a part of our history dismissed.
“It was like being on a prison train, or working in a mine. I used to run all the time. I would get off that train and just start running.”
— Bill Murray, on subways
(Luckily, New York City bank accounts do this magical thing where they’re always stocked with money for some beer even when the rent money is long gone.)
New York makes it easy to forget that many Americans would probably find paying $950 for a 10-by-10 room overlooking garbage cans either unaffordable or unappealing, or both.
reasons I can’t wait to leave.
*PS: how many sappy “I’m leaving New York, whaaaaaa someone sympathize with me” stories must we read?