Gawker Officially Declares Wynwood Miami's Williamsburg

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Morgan Coleman
This shouldn't be much a surprise to anyone, but, yes, Wynwood is Miami's closest equivalent to Brooklyn's formerly hip, currently over-gentrified Williamsburg neighborhood, and a big New York City website says so.

Gawker recently asked its readers what the Williamsburg equivalent was in their city.

See also: Wynwood Named One of the Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods In the Nation

"I'm looking for the neighborhoods in your city where the self-consciously arty creative-class would-be bohemians congregate," wrote Gawker blogger Max Read. "Williamsburg went from a lower-middle and working-class immigrant neighborhood to a refuge for artists priced out of Manhattan to an expensive alt-yuppie neighborhood--it used to be the neighborhood where the cool young arty kids went; now it's the neighborhood where the rich old arty kids go (and live)."

Wynwood, of course, went from lower-middle class, Puerto Rican neighborhood to art-gallery mecca to place where there are banks with fucking lasers and Beyoncé-approved pizza joints. That's not to mention the Ducati dealership. So it's no surprise Gawker readers decided it fit the mold perfectly.

Though, Read also wanted to identify each city's "Buschwick," or "where the cool young arty kids go and live now; it's somewhere on the back end of the "cheap artist refuge" stage of gentrifying neighborhoods."

Apparently in Miami that's "Little Haiti," which seems about right. Of course, punk paradise Churchill's Pub has been there for years, and Sweat Records has been next door for some time now. A lot of "Wynwood" artists have actually lived there for years, too.

However, the art galleries themselves haven't quite made the move. Many of them have found themselves priced out of Wynwood are now moving to NW Seventh Avenue in the West-of-Wynwood area.

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26 comments
Lisa Smid
Lisa Smid

No, come on, now. Wynwood is Wynwood and Williamsburg is Williamsburg.

Sean Was Here
Sean Was Here

the hype around wynwood and property values are growing much faster than the neighborhood itself. if anything wynwood is more like bushwick, not williamsburg. Yet wynwood is so tiny compared to either of those neighborhoods. Wynwood is getting overhyped before it really even has the chance to grow up.

Dita Sharp
Dita Sharp

Its been 12 months already. ..wear they looking for the body all this time?

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

i think it was a slow day for news at gawker cause wynwood is no where near close to williamsburg, brooklyn, its more ghetto than artsy, its been changing but at a slow pace...

Micah Molinari
Micah Molinari

But no one actually LIVES in Wynwood, they know that, right?

Jessica Bailey Weatherspoon
Jessica Bailey Weatherspoon

Just enjoy it. Who cares what other people say or don't say. If you enjoy Wynwood, then enjoy gramps, wood tavern, shots, etc.

Billy Corben
Billy Corben

Well, that settles that. I'm never going there again.

Chard Beauregarde
Chard Beauregarde

Gawker is a straight up scummy rag that does lowball shit like steal Quentin Tarantinos new script and post it on the Internet. Fuck those guys.

Brent Dixon
Brent Dixon

I'm sorry people, but Wynwood is still raw...you go to little Five points in Atlanta. The funky art neighborhoods in LA or Frisco or even Williamsburg in Brooklyn. All around those neighborhoods there are at least 500k to 1000000 plus homes in and around them. You walk to far north or west in Wynwood and you could find your self dead or worse. I've lived in Miami beach for three years, and have had a good time in Wynwood, but is it totally gentrified. Heck no...there not even a Starbucks there.

Marcos Rodriguez
Marcos Rodriguez

I agree w/a lot of the points made here, but Wynwood is still the best place to hang out on a Sunday afternoon/evening when everything else is dead dead dead.

Mario Mcfly
Mario Mcfly

I was there last night and you see people out there you wouldn't see there 10 years ago!

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