Stephen Squibb

  • culture August 30, 2012

    The Last Bohemia: Scenes from the Life of Williamsburg by Robert Anasi

    Bohemia, as we know, is the definitive post-industrial industry. It germinated locally in New York's West Village in the 50s and 60s, was unleashed as a productive force by the rezoning of SoHo in the 70s, and then swept through the Village, Alphabet City and Williamsburg in the 80s and 90s. A global pattern, this steady advance of a middle-class avant-garde has transformed cities nationwide. Horrified by the rural and disaffected towards suburbia, these pilgrims’ capacity to capitalize on urban decay is what accounts for their relative freedom. More to the point, they love to write about it.