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H Street is Williamsburg and Petworth is Bushwick (according to Gawker)

by Prince Of Petworth January 29, 2014 at 11:47 am 71 Comments

I’m getting lots of emails and tweets about Gawker’s This Is the Williamsburg of Your City: A Map of Hip America:

“What is your city’s Williamsburg? What’s its hippest—or formerly hippest—or sometimes just youngest—neighborhood, the one with the art galleries and the boutiques and the lines for brunch? (And what, for that matter, is its Bushwick, or “Next Williamsburg”?) If you don’t know off the top of your head, don’t worry. We do, thanks to the collective knowledge of Gawker readers.”

I look forward to hearing your joy/outrage…

  • oh that’s why i couldn’t find it. b/c Washington is sandwiched b/n Dallas and Denver.

  • Anonymous

    Forget where I read it, but was spot on: “DC is not hip. It never was and never will be.”

  • Anonymous

    Then who is Petworth’s Bushwick Bill?

    • Jen Jen

      Ah man, ah man! My mind’s playing tricks on me.

    • Anonymous

      That’s easy… it’s Andy Shalall.

    • I. Rex

      the hammer attack guy?

  • dcdude

    I would consider H street more like Bushwick and the 14th street corridor the Williamsburg.

    • Anonymous

      I agree.

      • ledroittiger

        Georgetown is Williamsburg and Dupont Circle is Bushwick.

        • ash

          I’m sure that you jest, but my friends that live in VA actually would find this to be pretty accurate, in their minds.

          • ledroittiger

            Ok, let me put it this way: Williamsburg is Brooklyn’s Georgetown.

        • dcdude

          Dupont reminds me more of Park Slope. Very pretty, affluent neighborhood that other Brooklyinites love to hate.

          • ledroittiger

            Silver Spring is Boerum Hill. 9th St. is Brighton Beach.

          • Anonymous

            Cleveland Park could also be DC’s Park Slope, judging from some of the posts on their listserv. (Full disclosure, I do have affection for Park Slope, having lived in an adjacent neighborhood for many years, Park Slope being out of my price range. Yes, some of their residents are nonstop fodder for neighborhood parody, but if you can ignore the overly neurotic and self-righteous demographic, there’s a lot to love about the neighborhood.)

  • Anonymous

    I would agree with this analogy. With the Whole Foods coming to H Street plus the street cars and huge influx of restaurants, it clearly deserves top billing.

    However, seems to me that Petworth is on the verge. With the new Safeway set to open this spring along with the solidifying of Chez Billy and the Upshur strip, it’s only a matter of time. In order to take the next step, Georgia Av needs cleaned up and the commercial spaces in Park Place need to be occupied (what the heck is the holdup??). The area still needs a quality gym/Pilates studio, ice cream shop, and some more upscale and casual eateries. Glad too see Petworth getting the recognition it deserves. Great neighborhood with a rich history, nice people and excellent housing options.

    • Anonymous

      Any chance you’re from Pittsburgh? The “needs cleaned” is very Pgh.

      • Anonymous

        people from throughout western and central pennsylvania drop “to be” like this.

        • anon

          Oh, Pennsyltucky.

    • Anon

      Crime is still too high in Petworth . It’s ridiculous that, day or night, you can’t walk in some areas without fear.

      • madmonk28

        I’ve lived in Petworth for 10 years and I’ve never had a problem. I think people from outside of the neighborhood think crime is worse than it is. Dupont Circle has more crime per capita than Petworth. But please god, no more hipsters, we’re over our limit since they “discovered” Petworth about 3 years ago.

        • Anonymous

          By no more hipsters needed, did you mean I’ve never been to Bushwick because then it would make sense that you probably don’t even know what a hipster is because WOW anywhere in Brooklyn would give some of you a heart attack. The way there trashed on this site is crazy , stop and talk to one. After you talk to them hopefully you will realize that they have stereotypes which some may be true but maybe you will realize there just normal people expresses themselves differently then you. The talk is bigoted.

        • leodegras

          I was mugged at 1 in the afternoon on Sunday, 1/26/14. He punched me in the head six times in broad daylight in the 800 block of Varnum St. I have lived in Petworth for two years, and I wasn’t afraid to walk in the neighborhood until now.

      • power of flight

        That might be a feature, in some sense.

  • Does that make U Street the Meatpacking DIstrict?

  • MetMet

    Oh please. The world does not revolve around New York.

    • Linc Park SE

      +1

    • lovefifteen

      +1

    • Anonymous

      +2, New York is so far up it’s own cakehole… Yet nobody who lives there is born and raised there… DC is the nations capital, and a totally different type of city. No one really cares about petworth, H street, williamsburg or bushiwick outside of DC & NY… There are no significant cultural movements coming out of either.

      • Anonymous

        You obviously have no idea what you are talking about… as someone who grew up in Brooklyn there are plenty of folks from high school still living in NYC… I just so happen to live on H street which I can attest to is nothing like Williamsburg.

    • saf

      Amen.

    • wdc

      + another 1

    • + 1 I’ll be the first to admit I have no idea what either Williamsburg or Bushwick represent. I am, however, very familiar with Williamsburg, VA :)

      • Anonymous

        Me too (although I pretend to know). I’m from New Jersey, but NYC has never interested me.

    • Anonymous

      How is Petworth like Bushwick, with no elevated rail tracks or post-industrial warehouse ruins?

      • Anonymous

        that being said, I would think NOMA would be like bushwick. But I’ve never been to bushwick and noma kinda sucks

    • frickorfrack

      “Nobody more provincial than a New Yorker out of New York”….

    • textdoc

      +1.

  • Idaho Ave

    Richmond VA’s is off by a bit…I could see the case for the Fan being the williamsburg but the bushwick is definitely not Oregon Hill…Jackson Ward or Church Hill maybe…

  • Anonymous

    At least we all agreed recently that at the corner of 18th and T NW sits the Embassy of Virginia.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve always called that corner Tyson’s III. I think it’s the only place VA residents know in the city. +1

      • Anonymous

        Tysons III lolololol +all the numbers

    • Anonymous

      Hell no. That’s the embassy of PG County.

  • Anonymous

    I think H Street is the H Street and Peworth is the Petworth

  • Anonymous

    I think H Street is the H Street and Petworth is the Petworth

  • Anonymous

    Brooklyn can believe it’s the center of the universe as long as it likes. Sorry, don’t care.

  • Anonymous

    The Petworth = Bushwick comparison is not very apt. Bushwick is equal parts industrial and (crumbling) residential. We really don’t have anything like that in DC.

    • Anon

      Never taken the Red Line to Silver Spring, I take it? That’s all that’s along the tracks from RI Ave to Takoma!

    • Anonymous

      Brookland?

      • Anonymous

        Brookland is waaaaaaaaaaaaay too suburban to be compared to Bushwick. The industrial part is tiny. And the biggest industrial part of Brookland has been sanitized into faux-loft apartments.
        .
        Bushwick is still a shithole, hence why it’s cheap(er) to live there. My friends in Bushwick have shared apartments and lofts and pay only around $700/person. Good luck finding that in most parts of DC located near a Metro. A better comparison would probably be Ivy City or stuff along Bladensburg Road.

    • Anonymous

      Ivy City.

  • Anonymous

    what’s williamsburg?

    • Anonymous

      It’s colonial hipster theme park. You’ll sometime spot a guy dressed like Ben Franklin ordering a footlong sandwich at the local Subway in Williamsburg.

      • textdoc

        Ordering it ironically, of course.

  • Regardless of neighborhood discussions, the term hipster is terribly overused and more or less meaningless here in DC (and TV for sure). It’s come to the point where anyone with one of the following: 1) hat, 2) beard, 3) glasses, 4) non-standard haircut, 5) “ironic” t-shirt, is deemed to be so by someone who doesn’t, or in some cases does, have one of those things.

    • brookland_rez

      Or likes craft beer.

    • Anonymous

      Spoken like a true hipster.

    • wylie coyote

      In your picture, you have a beard and you are wearing a hat.

      I’m not mean enough to come up with a punchline, though.

      Ha.

      • Anonymous

        in his defense, the photo does not include an ironic t-shirt of a man punching a bear.

        • Anonymous

          You just can’t see that part.

    • Anonymous

      What would a non-standard haircut be? Mullets are non-standard but decidedly not hipster.

      • Anonymous

        You clearly haven’t been to Bushwick in the past few years

        • Anonymous

          You’re right about that! Oh no, does this means we’ll be seeing them here in 5 years?

          • Anonymous

            No. DC: Not cool enough for mullets.

            My, how things have changed.

    • Anonymous

      It’s funny how no one mentions skinny jeans anymore. Too mainstream now?

      • Anonymous

        mainstream hipster: like a jacket with patches commemorating the Boer War, or a Che Guevara t-shirt

  • Marcus Aurelius

    According to the definitions above:
    Williamsburg = “the neighborhood with the art galleries and the boutiques and the lines for brunch”
    I can’t think of ANY neighborhood in DC that fits this definition.
    If you’re going to draw a comparison to DC, you have to amend the definition to “a neighborhood with AN art gallery, and A boutique and A PLACE (OR TWO) with a line for brunch.” But even then, I’m drawing a blank.

    I’m not dissing DC. I’m one of the few New Yorkers I know who really like this town. I just think that trying to compare the two cities in terms of culture is foolish. DC is what it is. And it’s not New York.

    • Anonymous

      “the neighborhood with the art galleries and the boutiques and the lines for brunch”
      My neighborhood (SE Capitol Hill) has all that.

    • Anonymous

      14th street corridor has all of these in spades.

      • power of flight

        Seriously. I can’t even think of any other way to describe 14th St.

        • Anonymous

          +1

    • To be fair, they did this comparison for every “major” city. Having been to or lived in quite a lot of them, many of the comparisons are much more laughable than DC’s.

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