Is California cooler than New York Brooklyn's Williamsburg only places THIRD in list of America's hottest hipster spotsSilver Lake, Los Angeles took first place, while San Fransico's Mission District come a close second
22:12 GMT, 20 September 2012
Forbes has released this year's list of America's best hipster neighborhoods, and the epitome of all things hipster, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, only came in at number three.
Weighing up the number of single-origin coffee shops, alternative food trucks, organic farmers markets, indie bands and eclectic professions, Silver Lake, Los Angeles took the list's top spot thanks to its booming art scene and avant garde buildings.
Coming in a close second was another Californian hotspot, San Francisco’s Mission District. The city’s oldest neighborhood boasts the highest concentration of street murals in the city, plus handfuls of alternative and locally owned bars and restaurants, thrift shops and galleries.
First place: Silver Lake, Los Angeles is known as an eclectic enclave with some of America's most lauded food trucks and farmers markets, a well-established arts scene and one of the largest creative class communities in the U.S
Determining the trendiest Hipster hangouts is not exactly quantifiable. As a term that used to describe radical socialists with wild ideas and an artist bent in the Seventies, it now embodies RayBan wearing, fixed-gear bike riding, and beard growing youngsters.
The U.S. Oxford dictionary describes a hipster as 'somebody who follows the latest trends and fashions.'
So Forbes enlisted the help of San Fransisco-based start up NextDoor, a neighborhood-specific private social networking site with a community focus.
Analyzing data on over 250 neighborhoods
in the largest U.S. cities each area was assessed by walkability
according to WalkScore, a website promoting walkable neighbourhoods
according to their proximity to coffee shops, local food trucks, farmers
markets, locally owned bars and restaurants and galleries.
Second place: Mission district, San Francisco has diversity and lack of pretense, with easygoing restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and food trucks in San Francisco's oldest neighbourhood
Third place: Williamsburg, Brooklyn in New York is thought of as the birthplace of hipsterdom as we know it today, with boutique shopping, a thriving music scene, food trucks and great transit options
Fourth place: Wicker Park, Chicago started attracting artists and young adults in the late Eighties, and the community is known for its galleries, music venues, boutiques and trendy food options
Fifth place: Pearl District, Portland, is known for its art galleries, studios and coffee with the second highest concentration of coffee shops per capita on the list
These were then ranked accord to Zagat's ratings, with NextDoor's 'hipness' index also taken into account, which is based on how often words associated
with Hipster, like art, gallery, designer, musician, appeared on
each NextDoor neighborhood’s site pages
NextDoor then conducted a survey
in which members sounded off on their communities, and the percentage of residents who work in artistic occupations was also factored.
While Mission, San Fransciso's lower
rents were taken into account for its ranking of second place, with
Dabney Lawless, vice president of NextDoor concluding it makes 'a great
neighborhood for young trendsetters,' – a euphemism for underpaid and
struggling artists – Williamsburg, Brooklyn, despite its skyrocketing
rental prices, came in third.
Superstar hipsters: Gossip Girl's Penn Badgely is a regular visitor of Williamgsburg (left), as is Alexa Chung
The unofficial birthplace of
hipsterdom, Williamsburg is teeming with boutique coffee shops, food
trucks, alternative nightlife, farmers markets, rustic restaurants, and
FORBES TOP HIPSTER NEIGHBOURHOODS IN THE U.S.
1. Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA
2. Mission, San Fransisco, CA
3. Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
4. Wicker Park, Chicago, IL
5. Pearl District, Portland, OR
6. H Street Corridor, Washington DC
7. East Austin, Austin, TX
8. Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA
9. The Uptown, Oakland, CA
10. Warehouse District, New Orleans, LA
11. Downtown Portland, Portland, ME
12. North Loop, Minneapolis, MN
13. North Park, San Diego, CA
14. Northern Liberties, Philadelphia, PA
15. Hampden, Baltimore, MD
16. Little Five Points, Atlanta, GA
17. LoHi, Denver, CO
18. Allston-Brighton, Boston, MA
19. Wynwood, Miami, FL
20. Lower Westheimer, Houston, Texas
Its artsy residents that routinely sport
Vans sneakers and meaningless tattoos while carrying the latest New
Yorker and Olso coffee cup on a Sunday morning helped to single-handedly
spawn the hipster craze as we know it today.
Coined 'Bo-bo's by the French (standing for Bohemian-bourgeois), these attractive youngsters have helped rents rise, much like SoHo before it, leading to a slight exodus of artists and a new influx of families as gentrification progresses.
David Morley, a research associate with
the American Planning Association, a nonprofit educational group for
community developers, said 'The more successful neighborhoods like Williamsburg become in attracting people, the real estate prices go up and a lot of the urban pioneers end up moving on,'
Portland, Oregon’s Pearl District, ranked number five on the Forbes list thanks to
its closely clustered coffee shops – with the second-highest
concentration of coffee shops of any neighborhood on the list – its
flourishing foodie culture, including the Portland Farmers Market, a colorful collection street art and obviously, its music scene.
However as a neighbourhood that has been undergoing urban renewal since the Nineties, some hipsters are fleeing the rising costs of new high-rise condos and warehouse-to-loft conversions for the less established, and less pricey, Mississippi Ave and the Alberta Arts District neighborhoods.
Clearly next year's top 20 hipster hangouts could look completely different.