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Over the weekend, the Sunday Styles profiled what they've dubbed "hipsturbia"—the suburbs in New York that thirty-somethings with children are flocking to after growing weary of Brooklyn. The article opens with a portrait of Hastings-on-Hudson, and touches on Dobbs Ferry, Irvington and Tarrytown. To save you the trouble, we've pulled out five of the best quotes that sum up what's happening in such places, where "antler-laden boutiques" and store signs with birds on them somehow manage to exist outside of Brooklyn.
1. On what life is like on Hastings-on-Hudson:
A yoga studio opened on Main Street that offers lunch-hour vinyasa classes. Nearby is a bicycle store that sells Dutch-style bikes, and a farm-to-table restaurant that sources its edible nasturtiums from its backyard garden.
Across the street is the home-décor shop that purveys monofloral honey produced by nomadic beekeepers in Sicily. And down the street is a retro-chic bakery, where the red-velvet cupcakes are gluten-free and the windows are decorated with bird silhouettes—the universal symbol for "hipsters welcome."
2. Other comparisons of Hastings-on-Hudson to Portlandia:
The gluten-free bakery, By the Way, sits across the street from Juniper, the farm-to-table restaurant that wouldn't look out of place on Smith Street, the restaurant row that cuts through Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Nearby is Maisonette, a home-décor shop that sells felted-wool gazelle heads, for those who prefer their antlers cruelty-free. The owners are Maria Churchill and Kevin McCarthy, recent refugees from the East Village."
3. On how people are surviving outside of Brooklyn:
To ward off the nagging sense that a move to the suburbs is tantamount to becoming like one's parents, this urban-zen generation is seeking out palatable alternatives—culturally attuned, sprawl-free New York river towns like Hastings, Dobbs Ferry, Irvington and Tarrytown—and importing the trappings of a twee lifestyle like bearded mixologists, locavore restaurants and antler-laden boutiques.
4. On finding signs of hope in the suburbs:
But faced with overpaying for a Brooklyn home that would barely contain a life with two young sons, they decided to look northward. "When we checked towns out," Ms. Miziolek recalled, "I saw some moms out in Hastings with their kids with tattoos. A little glimmer of Williamsburg!"
5. On whether or not Brooklyn is like Burning Man
"There is more looking down, less eye contact," said Mr. Wallach, 38. "The difference is between the first three days of Burning Man, when everyone is 'Hey, what's up?' to the final three days of Burning Man, when the tent flaps are down. Brooklyn is turning out to be the last three days of Burning Man."
· Creating Hipsturbia [NYT]