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Hipsters & The Hipsters Who Love Them

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I don't hate hipsters, but I will admit to watching them with amusement.

Starting around 2008, my son and I picked up the practice of going to the Lower East Side, grabbing some seats facing out on the street at a place like Spitzer's and watching the hipster scene go by. Our favorite moment came in 2009 when we saw an older Lower East Side street guy explode at some hipsters sauntering down Houston. "Eff you!" he yelled  "It's supposed to be some kind of artistic gesture that you live here?"

The hipster ethos is now so pervasive that Yelp has added "hipster" as a category -- which immediately raised questions about whether hipsters -- to determined to stay ahead of the culture curve, would continue to go to a place that was starting to get defined that way. One blog commenter suggested, "I guess you could go there ironically?"

Coming up, we'll try to explain to phenomenon to people who don't know what a trustafarian skate rat is. And what does this have to do with Rosa DeLauro again?

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Colin McEnroe is a radio host, newspaper columnist, magazine writer, author, playwright, lecturer, moderator, college instructor and occasional singer. Colin can be reached at colin@ctpublic.org.

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