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Kids Can Go To Gentrification-Themed Summer Camp Now

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Kids at STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Summer Camp in Brooklyn have foregone the usual craft projects and campfire games of the season to spend their vacation learning the ins and outs of gentrification. It shouldn’t be such a surprise, since that seems to be all New Yorkers (and the writer of every obnoxious Williamsburg trend piece) can talk about anymore. The fact that this camp is a necessity convinces me in various ways that society, especially that of New York City, is going down the toilet; but it’s also a really encouraging way to try to make gentrifying neighborhoods accessible to everyone. Maybe these kinds of initiatives can allow for residents whose families have lived in a neighborhood for 30 years stick it out alongside all those thirty-something accountants from Iowa who seem hellbent on moving into every last brownstone on the block.

Camp leaders hope so, anyway, and want kids to understand what the gentrification means on a financial level so they can take control. Campers walk around the rapidly changing Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bedford-Stuyvesant and Clinton Hill taking pictures of symbols of the gentrification process, like construction or for-sale signs. Some of the kids shared their ideas on finance with Sally Herships of Marketplace. Lots of their thoughts are adorably giggle-worthy, like 7-year-old camper Tristan’s:

“Gentrification is a small shift in an urban community to mostly help senior citizens get a home.”

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Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Is Not In On The Guy Fieri Joke

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Guy Fieri in Brooklyn
"It's gonna be terrible. I can't wait."

This video from Brooklyn’s Late Night Basement happens to be situated right at the intersection of my two favorite things: making fun of batter-dipped fried cheese nugget Guy Fieri and ridiculing the ironic hipster underbelly of Brooklyn. Intrepid reporter Chris Rose interviews the bespeckled and be-skinny jeans wearing Williamsburglars about a (fake) impending Guy Fieri chain restaurant. You could almost imagine Fieri serving up nacho cheese-fed foie gras and “factory farm to table” food, right? And Vampire Weekend as investors? Of course. [YouTube]

Woman Weds Warehouse To Save Its Life

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Seattle woman, Babylonia Aivaz, fell in love with a warehouse she met during an Occupy Seattle event and decided to marry it. But not in that romantic kind of way. Babylonia exchanged “I dos” with the 107-year-old building this Sunday (well, kind of) to save its life. “I’m doing this to show the building how much I love it, how much I love community space and how much I love this neighborhood. And I want to stop it from gentrification,” Babylonia said of her decision to wed. “If corporations can have the rights as people, so can buildings.” Sadly, demolition plans are still underway for Babylonia’s betrothed. I wonder if that means they’ll get divorced? [Oddity Central]

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