Get a Job, Hippie


A NY Times article from Sunday addresses another consequence of the apocalypse recession, this time in Williamsburg, Brooklyn: rich parents are cutting the rent money cord on their mooching, hipster children.  One Williamsburg landlord is interviewed and says that Williamsburg young’ns are pretty much balking at the idea of – gasp – GETTING A JOB and earning their living:

Luis Illades, an owner of the Urban Rustic Market and Cafe on North 12th Street, said he had seen a steady number of applicants, in their late 20s, who had never held paid jobs: They were interns at a modeling agency, for example, or worked at a college radio station. In some cases, applicants have stormed out of the market after hearing the job requirements.

“They say, ‘You want me to work eight hours?’ ” Mr. Illades said. “There is a bubble bursting.”

Mortgage companies report that the number of apartment sales is down, the amount of apartment down payments coming from parents are substantially reduced, and potential buyers are no longer reporting income from parental investments. And it’s not just the landlords and freeloading tenants that are hurting. Williamsburg businesses are feeling the parental pinch, too.

Famed for its concentration of heavily subsidized 20-something residents – also nicknamed trust-funders or trustafarians – Williamsburg is showing signs of trouble. Parents whose money helped fuel one of the city’s most radical gentrifications in recent years have stopped buying their children new luxury condos, subsidizing rents and providing cash to spend at Bedford Avenue’s boutiques and coffee houses.

Boo-hoo! I honestly did a jig when I read this article, and in fact, just today I spent the majority of my shrink appointment airing my contempt for people who don’t fund their own lifestyles. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, bothers me more that people who loaf off their families. I’m not just saying this because I’m jealous and wish I could have access to my parents’ money and credit cards. One of the most satisfying aspects of adult life is growing up and providing for oneself and make one’s own decisions. You can’t really be free from other people until you’re financially free, and while I of course would LOVE more money, I do not want it from my parents. I’m too old for that, and it would be too humiliating. I have no sympathy for these bedraggled Williamsburg hipsters who make an effort to look poor, but are really rich, who claim to be independent-type artists but are actually beholden to mom and dad. It’s pathetic, it’s sickening and it’s about time that they grew up and joined the working world.

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13 thoughts on “Get a Job, Hippie

  1. God, I hate Williamsburg and I fucking hate hipsters. I used to live in Park Slope and that was bad enough. I used to tell my roommates I was just going to camp out on 5th Ave and throw rocks at the stupid jobless hipsters. Loved this piece. :)

    • Inherited wealth is evil. These people are selfish assholes who probably look down on anyone who isn’t well off and actually has to WORK 40 hrs a week. Future Paris Hiltons.

      • I understand that it can be annoying when people who don’t necessarily deserve it get money from their parents, but really, do we need to be so mean? “These people are selfish assholes” – just because their parents are wealthy and willing to fund their lives a little bit longer than everyone else’s parents doesn’t make them selfish assholes, just lucky! And no, I’m not a freeloader off of my parents, but then again, I got lucky to get engaged right out of highschool to a man who was willing to help pay for things while I was attending college – otherwise, I wouldn’t have been able to afford everything myself, even with my two jobs!

        • Although I guess if it’s people who aren’t going to school or trying to get jobs (as it seems from the article), and who are trying to look poor when they’re not (which I hate), then I guess it’s understandable to be mad. Having read the article again, I can see that it’s talking about a more specific group of people than just “people getting help from their parents.”

  2. I live in Hoboken, NJ (directly across from the City), and work in Manhattan. I must say that I loved this piece as well. Also, I completely agree on your point about how obnoxious freeloaders are, no matter where they reside.

    As soon as I graduated college I found a job in the City (okay, it took a few months of searching, but close enough) and found an apartment nearby. As much as bills aren’t cool, I was so proud to be living on my own, paying for my own things and…well…just being independent.

    I don’t care how spectacular your uptown apartment is, how expensive your new Porsche was, how designer your clothes are, or what job mommy or daddy got you. In my eyes, if YOU didn’t earn it, you don’t really have it.

    To all those freeloaders: GROW THE F*** UP. I’m not just saying it because I’m not a freeloader, it really is a great feeling to cut the cord.

  3. Hahahaha, one thing though Hippies =\= Hipsters. If for no other reason than hippies are a more defined subgroup than the vagueness that is hipster.

    Also, if you like making fun of hipsters then you’ll love this:

  4. I agree! After living in LA, where they have the same sub-culture seemingly everywhere I look and it was definitely prominent at my university, USC, it is also one of my big pet peeves.

    I just had to move back home with my mom and for now am pretty reliant on my parents to help me get through times until I can find a job. It is so degrading to me after being pretty independent when I had my internship and campus job to pay for bills and entertainment.

    Having just graduated with an architecture degree it’s kind of worthless in my field since no one is building anything. At least I, unlike these kids, am out trying to do something productive with my life while I have some downtime in hopes that I will be able to give back to my parents when I am on my feet again for all they have helped me with.

  5. Of course people of legal age should be expected to support themselves, but it’s kind of shitty for their parents to create an expectation that they will pay for everything and then pull the rug out from under them. How exactly are these people supposed to support themselves when they have no job experience? If the parents wanted their kids to be self-sufficient adults, they probably should have, you know, raised them to be self-sufficient adults. Responsibility is a learned behavior, and it isn’t learned overnight.

    Pretty poor parenting all around, to set their kids up like that.

  6. i love how when i tell people i live in brooklyn, (hence the screenname) they say, “oh in williamsburg? its soo trendy and nice!” like they are really excited for me (though 9 out of 10 are terrified to even consider visiting brooklyn, even during the day- wimps!). when i explain i actually can’t afford williamsburg and that i live out by coney island, they get nervous: “but i thought you had a good job? isnt all brooklyn the same? …afterall, its not manhattan”. Please! williamsburg is sooo overpriced!! it will make you want to punch hipsters in the face all day long.

  7. Ha! Finally! Here’s one good thing to come out of the apocalypse, ahem, recession. Frankly, I’ve felt better about myself in the time that I was working compared to the time I wasn’t.

  8. I didn’t move out of my folks’ house till I was 30. Sure, I had a professional job. Sure I was paying my own bills (and had been for a number of years). The rents were just too high. Had to wait for enough promotions to get my own place. And my apartment is in Manassas, not Willismsburg. Is that freeloading? I couldn’t care less.

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