one non-gentrified part of manhattan tho, washington heights, is mostly dominican and i thought that the reputation it had for being 'loud' was some bullshit or other, but i stayed there for a couple of weeks and it was pretty much impossible to do an office job and live there. people would just crank up the volume to serious levels and leave it on until 5am on like a tuesday night. fair enough, i was the one who was out of place for sure (coz i wanted a cheap airbnb, which is to say, one where a room wasn't $200 a night). really fucking annoying to be around though if its new to you and if your livelihood requires you to sleep at predictable times. i was dying by the end, seriously sleep deprived.
yeah totally 100% agree. its always interesting and heartening to see where people are able to hold out against the wave of money. i guess washington heights is a bit too far away from brooklyn for the arty wave of gentrification to hit, but i guess it does make sense geographically for some of the midtown types. the other places i always think about are chinatown and south williamsburg. totally on the path of the deterritorialization / reterritorialisation money machine, both adjacent to areas where that's happened comprehensively, but somehow they're totally suceeding in holding out. it's so odd that like ridgewood and red hook are gettig gentrified despite being miles away at the end of the subway while those two places aren't. odd but good.a couple of years ago, I walked from W 184th to W 125th, and even I got a little annoyed by Washington Heights. actually, it was good and bad: it was annoying, as you describe, but also a little heartening to see a stretch of Manhattan that was essentially unchanged from 30+ years ago. well, it's less dangerous now, but still plenty of opportunity for trouble.
sitting on 'the stoop' enjoying a cold one just watching the world go by. leaves blown in the wind. hot chicks on roller blades. peurto ricans shooting dice. its a beautiful day in the Big Apple.
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yeah totally 100% agree. its always interesting and heartening to see where people are able to hold out against the wave of money. i guess washington heights is a bit too far away from brooklyn for the arty wave of gentrification to hit, but i guess it does make sense geographically for some of the midtown types.
It's been posted here before, but worth revisiting:never thought about it but this hits on a change in gentrification patterns. it used to be that all the hipster arty types lived in lower Manhattan, and would lead the gentrification push to other parts of the borough such as far upper west side. but now, the concentration of hipster arty types is in Brooklyn, and the waves of gentrification now emanate from there, to areas that are next closest to them (instead of downtown Manhattan).