Everyone in the five boroughs knows that residents have been fleeing Manhattan in droves due to the rising rents. One of the biggest beneficiaries of this move has been nearby Williamsburg, Brooklyn. For some time, though, the money hopped the East River, and Williamsburg is for all intents the new SoHo. Boutique shops, restaurants and residences have been popping up for years, like The Residences at The Williamsburg.
The once-cheap living in Williamsburg is making way for “concept” buildings like The Residences at The Williamsburg. The Residences at The Williamsburg is a combination hotel and boutique condominium community much like Donald Trump’s buildings in Manhattan. From The Residences at The Williamsburg webpage it’s easy to understand why folks are lamenting:
“Two sleek residential structures with graceful curves and striking color patterns are located next to the ultimate destination hotel that will be in every globetrotters itinerary. The modern building … is designed to cater to those living the VIP lifestyle. Here, you can have housekeeping turndown your bed and have valet parking ready your car. You can meet neighbors by the poolside cabanas and hotel guests at the “it” restaurant.”
Residents of Williamsburg shun the VIP lifestyle that The Residences at The Williamsburg embraces. Recently relocated resident of Williamsburg Kate Poklemba says, “These Paris Hilton magnets are a joke. A sad, sad joke.”
Neighborhood identity is getting lost, she said, and according to reports from The Brooklyn Eagle, the going rate for this identity is about $775 per square foot. With 17 of these 57 units already sold and the property set to open by year’s end, residents are hunkering down for the yuppie onslaught.
They say living well is the best revenge, but is living amongst an elite exclusive around the poolside cabana the same thing?