Williamsburg, Brooklyn, experienced gentrification in the early 2000s, with many developments and higher rents. Graffiti on the 80 Metropolitan project sign changed “Williamsburg” to “Condoburg” (condominium + Williamsburg). The nickname “Condoburg” has been used on several Brooklyn blogs and was included in a 2013 movie.
Wikipedia: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Williamsburg is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, bordering Greenpoint to the north, Bedford–Stuyvesant to the south, Bushwick and Ridgewood, Queens to the east and the East River to the west. The neighborhood is part of Brooklyn Community Board 1. The neighborhood is served by the New York Police Department (NYPD)’s 90th Precinct. In the City Council the western and southern part of the neighborhood is represented by the 33rd District; and the eastern part of the neighborhood is represented by the 34th District.
Williamsburg is an influential hub for indie rock, hipster culture, and the local art community. Many ethnic groups also have enclaves within Williamsburg, including Italians, Jews, Puerto Ricans, and Dominicans. The neighborhood is being redefined by a growing population and the rapid development of housing and retail space particularly catered to a wealthy population that has been historically foreign to the neighborhood.
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More Stuff. ("for rich people.” is added—ed.)
More Williamsburg. ("CONDOBURG" is written, with “Williamsburg” scratched—ed.)
The Gowanus Lounge
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Revenge of Old Dutch Mustard? 80 Met Advertises “Condoburg”
We were more than a little amused—and so were countless passersby of all ages and backgrounds--to find the sales banner for 80 Metropolitan in Williamsburg had undergone some changes. It is one of the only times we have seen people stopping and staring, and laughing, at a condo sign anywhere in Brooklyn. Those of you with a memory for Brooklyn buildings will recall that 80 Metropolitan is rising on the site of the demolished Old Dutch Mustard Building.
Cranky About Condos #1: Condoburg Edition
Monday, September 24, 2007, by Robert
The anti-condo “Condoburg” scrawling and images continue appearing at selected Williamsburg developments. These posters and the messages about “Bring back the old ‘hood” and “To hell with Condoburg” are located in front of The Ikon on Bayard Street, which you may know as Karl Fischer Row.
The Brooklyn Rail
November 4th, 2007
The Blight and Plight of Condoburg
by B. Colby Hamilton
I’d asked him about the increasing number of half-completed construction projects and vacant lots that seemed to be breeding in Greenpoint and Williamsburg.
04-14-08, 12:22 AM
ive seen those shirts around for a couple years...i even saw a guy with the hipster part sprayed over and replaced with yuppie. kinda funny as this was on bedford ave in williamsburg, which is now called condoburg f.y.i. and is in fact being populated with yuppies as we speak. or maybe its just that the trust fund kids (trustafarians) are starting to wear polo shirts again...either way its still stupid.
The L Magazine
February 27, 2013 Film» Film Reviews
Gut Renovation: Williamsburg Becomes Condoburg
by Henry Stewart
Directed by Su Friedrich
In this petulant recent history of Williamsburg, director Friedrich trades smarts for snark. She moved into a loft on North 11th Street, across the street from the Brooklyn Brewery, in 1989 and watched the neighborhood transform from an industrial neighborhood full of artists into yupster central (a shift put into hyperdrive by the 2005 rezoning)—and she’s pissed!
BeyondChron (San Francisco, CA)
S.F. DOCFEST—“GUT RENOVATION,” “F**K FOR FOREST,” “THE MAYOR”
by Peter Wong‚ Jun. 06‚ 2013
“Gut Renovation,” veteran avant garde documentarian Su Friedrich’s newest film, will definitely stir anger in the hearts of former Mission and SOMA residents priced out of the neighborhoods they lived in. Despite its East Coast setting, the truths and dark humor captured by Friedrich’s film unfortunately apply to the West Coast as well.
Two pieces of graffiti seen in the film encapsulates the heartbreak of Williamsburg’s redevelopment. A sign reading “Williamsburg” gets changed to “Condoburg.” An “Artists lived here” graffito posted on the Internet brings forth comment trolls applauding the artists’ eviction from the neighborhood. One wonders if City Hall would also be happy with San Francisco becoming a West Coast Condoburg.