H Street NE: America’s 6th-hippest hipster neighborhood, according to Forbes


Remember hipsters? That cultural relic of the aughts, whose lifespan was marked by derisive irony, faux working-class affectations, and a now-cliche hankering for Pabst Blue Ribbon beer? As an urban tribe, they are deaddecisively dead — having out-mainstreamed themselves back into the mainstream, an ouroboros of meta pop cultural references and sneering disdain for itself.

But not to Forbes! The magazine recently released a list of “America’s Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods,” and our own H Street Corridor has made the list at number six. Neighborhood haunts like Sticky Rice, Toki Underground and the Rock and Roll Hotel put H Street behind hipster enclaves like Williamsburg, Brooklyn and the Mission District in San Francisco, but ahead of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood and other spots in Austin, Minneapolis and Denver.

  1. Hipsters — the rare ones that still exist — loathe nothing more than being called hipsters. Will this designation make them flee their neighborhood, freeing it up for less hip denizens?
  2. Actual hipsters, by definition, should be so ahead of the curve that they’ve already moved beyond H Street, making this entire list outdated and meaningless, right? The number of Capitol Hill intern types in striped shirts at Little Miss Whiskey’s last time I visited, which was well over a year ago, is probably evidence enough of this. (Further evidence from afield: New York Magazine’s cover this week, which declares, “Brooklyn is Finished.”)
  3. Is there a less hip sentence about being hip than, “‘Politico’ hipsters flock to this D.C. hood?”

Regardless: Maybe there’s something to Forbes’ designation. And since the Style section is mockingly referred to as a chronicler of hipness by Gawker, we must ask, wincingly: Is H Street a hipster neighborhood?


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