Today’s announcement by Hillary Clinton that, yes, she’s running for President, came as little surprise, following as it did the earlier news that she had leased two floors at One Pierrepont Plaza for use as a campaign headquarters. Today signs mocking Ms. Clinton (see photo) appeared, hanging from streetlight fixtures on Cadman Plaza West and facing her new offices, as well as on other streetside fixtures nearby. As yet, no one knows who put them there.
Meanwhile, Britain’s The Telegraph has a story about her “hip HQ” in “one of he most fashionable of New York neighbourhoods.” The piece notes that “[t]he Beastie Boys grew up among the brownstones nearby”; that Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey lives here, as does Lena Dunham; and that prize winning English expat novelist Martin Amis lives in Cobble Hill.
Despite all this, the Telegraph story, says Brooklyn Heights and environs “is not really even the hippest of neighbourhoods.” It notes that “rising rents” are driving away artists and writers (other than bestselling ones like Mr. Amis).
The area today is home to professional couples, the types who can afford the artisan coffeeshops and prefer to spend $9 (£6) on a pint of craft beer than drink Budweiser.
Nine bucks a pint? Where was their correspondent drinking?