Artists hold dance party funeral for Williamsburg

“This whole neighborhood is ruined now so let’s party,”

By Noah Hurowitz - Source: http://www.brooklynpaper.com
Morticians: Members of art collective Cheryl, who have proclaimed Williamsburg dead, and will hold a funeral for the neighborhood on Dec. 6 at the doomed venue Glasslands.  Photo © Bubi Canal

Morticians: Members of art collective Cheryl, who have proclaimed Williamsburg dead, and will hold a funeral for the neighborhood on Dec. 6 at the doomed venue Glasslands.
Photo © Bubi Canal

Williamsburg is dead.

At least, that is according to a group of artists organizing a “funeral” and dance party for the formerly hip ’hood at one of its beloved and recently doomed venues Glasslands on Dec. 6.

“This whole neighborhood is ruined now so let’s party,” said Nick Schiarizzi, a member of the party-throwing art collective Cheryl. “When I first moved to New York eight years ago, Williamsburg was very hip and cool, but now it’s a place for visitors and luxury condos.”

The event will feature a group burial rite paying respect to the dead, and attendees will have the chance to take part in the ceremony, although Schiarizzi was mum on how exactly the group plans to send off the late neighborhood.

Williamsburg’s cool factor has taken a hit in the past year with the loss of underground cultural hotspots such as 285 Kent, Death By Audio, and of course Glasslands, which will shutter at the end of the year. But Schiarizzi said the closure of these venues is really just the nail in the coffin for a district that is well past its prime.

“Williamsburg has become like a giant Hollywood set of what the rest of the world thinks Brooklyn is like,” said Schiarizzi, who lives in Bushwick.

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