Brooklyn Hipster Parents: Myth Dispelled

I know some of you think I’m some sort of wild hipster parent because I have a Brooklyn address but I assure you it’s not true. Sure, Finslippy used to live here and she’s cool. And Dooce held her book-signing party here and she’s cool. And the Sleep is For the Weak book signing party is going to be at the Tea Lounge in Park Slope on September 12. (Shameless plug! Shameless plug!) But those are other parts of Brooklyn.

Brooklyn is a big place.

In my part of the borough, Brooklyn Heights, Nate is like the lone tattooed dad, and probably the only one that ever lived on Avenue C with four roommates and a couch that smelled like the homeless guy they swiped it out from under. This is not exactly where the struggling writers and bloggers and comedians and table-waiters come to spawn. It’s more like where the Wall Street guys settle when they want a short commute and a few trees for the kids.

Which is why it still totally cracks me up that we live here.

If you want to know more about where I live, or the rest of NYC for that matter, Mommy Poppins, which is the most awesomely unpretentious blog about New York for families, just put together a really great New York City neighborhood guide written by all different bloggers.

Click over and you can read my essay on Brooklyn Heights, see a cute picture of Nate and Thalia, and learn about pathetic second-rate celebrity sightings here.

Here in hipster Brooklyn.


19 thoughts on “Brooklyn Hipster Parents: Myth Dispelled”

  1. So funny that you wrote about this today, Liz. I was just about to e-mail you and Tony something from Jessica Coen’s site that I thought you would appreciate…Friend: I moved to Park Slope.Me: Did you have a baby?“Thing is, I wasn’t trying to be a smart ass. This just crapped out of my mouth. And it was totally stupid and narrow-minded of me. She didn’t necessarily have a baby! She totally could have become a lesbian.”

  2. Ahem, well you are about the most hipster person I know, but maybe that says more about me than you! OK, off to check your other post. And, your book signing better be coming to Boston! I’ll host everyone here for a big sleepover.Love that photo, btw.

  3. Hrm. My NY friend lived in Brooklyn Heights for awhile, before buying the PERFECT house in Tuckahoe…but then they got divorced and sold the perfect house and she moved to Albany, and WTF?

  4. The time before the last two I was in NYC, a friend from Grave’s End meet up with us in Brooklyn Heights to show us around. We’d never ventured over to Brooklyn. We had always stayed in Manhattan when we visited for business or to be total tourists.And what did we hit? Grimaldi’s, the ice cream shop and yes we even walked the promenade! And what did our friend (who is a cameraman, so totally into the whole movie thing) say about the promenade? “You know every hollywood movie where the couple shares a kiss with a scene of manhattan in the background….”

  5. You gotta believe on me on this, but I haven’t heard any of the myths. 😀 It’s true…we can’t judge people accordingly just because people live in a certain place they say is not a family place?This got me very interested on this topic. 😀

  6. I’d just like to note for the record that not everyone in Park Slope writes about themselves in the 3rd person. It irks me to read “Smartmom” representing the hood.

  7. I think my tattoed husband owned that same couch. Except he lived on B. And he was the building’s Super.Classic slip, MetroDad! Maybe she had a baby AND came out. That’s all the rage. (Or it was when I left Park Slope three years ago.)

  8. Don’t stomp on my dream, Liz. To me you’ll always be “hipster mom”.Or should I say COMPARED to me you’re a hipster mom? yeah, that’s more like it.

  9. When we left Germany in the early 70’s, we lived in Brooklyn Heights and my mother used to tell me “say Brooklyn HEIGHTS not Brooklyn….” I never quite got it. I went to P.S.8 and was one of only two white kids in the class (the other one was a little polish boy who wore bow ties to school).Anyway, I think very fondly of the old stomping ground!Katrinco-author, Mothers Need Time Outs, Too

  10. I’m totally with you – it’s just like assuming that I’m a stuck-up, snobbish private school mom because I live in Westchester. Thank for the links, it’s nice to have a good NYC guide!

  11. The whole “borough” thing threw me for a loop when I visited New York last Spring.We have cities here and every time the driver would talk about “boroughs” I thought, “It would be very difficult for me to move here because I’ll never figure all this out!”

  12. Black hockey Jesus: I know the girl who married one of They Might Be Giants. Does that come close? Darn. Didn’t think so.

  13. I lived in NY for five years, always in Brooklyn. In Park Slope, until I got divorced. Then, I moved to Williamsburg. (Where else to be single?) I miss it terribly since moving to Austin two years ago. Please give it a hug from me, an old friend.🙂

  14. My aunt used to live in Brooklyn Heights in the very early 90’s. I remember visiting her in 1991 – it was my first NYC trip, and I was in awe of the neighborhood and her apartment.

  15. I just moved from Williamsburg, arguably the center of all that is hipster. It was a little annoying, truthfully. I still can’t figure out if I count as a hipster. Sometimes yes, sometimes no.But people have no real appreciation for the cornucopia of neighborhoods that is Brooklyn.I miss it.

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