sometimes i'm guilty of letting my friends rag on our nabe of williamsburg a bit too much ... condos, idiot hipsters, kickball, etc, etc, etc. sometimes i'm not quick enough to remind them of some of the finer aspects of it (great restaurants, a bar for every citizen, a place where kokie's used to exist). imagine my pride when I caught word yesterday that it had been named by the hip intelligentsia as the "beard capital of the USA". our immigrant population has put us on the map! kudos.
smokers outside of turkey's nest circa 1864. courtesy brooklyn historical society