From Squatters to Starbucks

Bill Weinberg

Another interesting piece in The Villager today: Bill Weinberg, the former WBAI host who spoke with us a couple of weeks ago, pens a personal history of the East Village’s transformation “from a fecund past to a sterile future,” noting something that’s especially cogent in light of the forthcoming squatting museum: “One bitter irony is that the squatters of Alphabet City were themselves the vanguard of the very social process they sought to resist,” he writes. “They helped make the neighborhood fashionable for the artists who followed them, as radical chic gave way to bourgeois chic. The yuppies shortly followed the artists, and the process of cultural cleansing is now nearly complete.”