Friday, June 27, 2008

Granddaddy of Brooklyn Hipsterdom: Walt Whitman

Brooklyn-based literary heavyweight Walt Whitman is the focus of a new blog: Whitman's Brooklyn. The site compiles images of Brooklyn from the 1850s, when Whitman first made a name for himself by self-publishing his obscene Leaves of Grass.

The original Brooklyn hipster, Whitman has paved the way for generations of hipsters to flock to our borough in pursuit of brash youth culture. And in true hipster form, Whitman wasn't even born in Brooklyn - he came from Long Island!

IMHO: Despite its focus on this ancient hipster, the images on Whitman's Brooklyn are fantastic. They provide a view of a simpler Brooklyn - free of IKEA, skinny jeans, and indie rock.

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