I thought this dismal weather week on the cusp of summer would be the perfect time to bring this video* back.
Remember the summer of 2009? Pheonix’s “Lisztomania” was the anthem of the season, Williamsburg was at the height of an artistic and musical renaissance (enjoyed by hipsters, reviled by everyone else), and a bunch of people made this video, mimicking the classic “Brat Pack” dance scenes of the John Hughes movies that so intensely influenced people of the aforementioned “hipster” generation, that perfectly encapsulated that summer. It was only two years ago, but feels like a decade. It was before rent in Williamsburg rivaled Manhattan prices, while McCarren Park Pool was at its peak, and before Bushwick was the new East Williamsburg (which was, at the time, the new Williamsburg).
It was a simpler time. A warmer time. Summertime.
Yes, this video is a bunch of inordinately care-free twenty-somethings dancing on a rooftop like a bunch of jerks as if they’ve got nothing better to do (and maybe they don’t!) which is precisely the complaint most people have about Williamsburgers, but we can’t deny that’s enviable. I want to be care-free and dancing on a rooftop! But more than that, I want the sun to come out, and the days to get warm, and for everyone to listen to same song, over and over again, til we just can’t stand it anymore.
*This video not by or affiliated with Bklynography.