The Last Bohemia

Scenes from the Life of Williamsburg, Brooklyn by Robert Anasi

  • Published: Sep 14, 2020

A firsthand account of the swift transformation of Williamsburg, from factory backwater to artists' district to trendy hub and high-rise colony Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is now so synonymous with hipster culture and the very idea of urban... read more

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Details of The Last Bohemia

Exact title of the book
The Last Bohemia
Book author
Robert Anasi
ISBN
9781466802551
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Aug 07, 2012
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
240
File size (in PDF)
2160 kB

Some brief overview of book

A firsthand account of the swift transformation of Williamsburg, from factory backwater to artists' district to trendy hub and high-rise colony Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is now so synonymous with hipster culture and the very idea of urban revitalizationso well-known from Chicago to Cambodia as the playground for the game of ironized status-seeking and lifestyle one-upmanshipthat it's easy to forget how just a few years ago it was a very different neighborhood a spread of factories, mean streets and ratty apartments that the rest of New York City feared and everyone but artists with nowhere else to go left alone. Robert Anasi hasn't forgotten. He moved to a 300-a-month apartment in Williamsburg in 1994, and watched as the area went through a series of surreal transformations the warehouses became lofts, secret cocaine bars became sylized absinthe parlors, barrooms became stage sets for inde-rock careers and rents rose and roseuntil the local artists found that their ideal of personal creativity had served the aims of global commerce, and that their neighborhood now belonged to someone else.

Tight, passionate, and provocative, The Last Bohemia is at once a celebration of the fever dream of bohemia, a lament for what Williamsburg has become and a cautionary tale about the lurching transformations of city neighborhoods throughout the United States.

About author

Anasi is the author of The Gloves A Boxing Chronicle (North Point Press, 2002). He teaches literary journalism at the University of California, Irvine, where he is a Schaeffer and Chancellor's Club fellow. He is also a founding editor of the literary journal Entasis.

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