Welcome Back, Kotter
by Pablo Avion
Why did we lead with the title of a 1970s sitcom here? And why “welcome back”?
Well, let’s see: Welcome Back, Kotter was set in Brooklyn. But then, so was Barney Miller, as we recall. (Actually, we just checked Wikipedia; apparently it was set in Greenwich Village. Oh well.)
Anyway, there’s probably never been a single better depiction of the notion of “gritty urban decay” than movies set in 1970s-era New York. If you’ve seen the movie Klute with Jane Fonda, you probably know what we’re talking about. (Oh wait, we’d totally forgotten Donald Sutherland was also in that! Speaking-of, have you seen Don’t Look Now? Bad Ronald?)
Wow, we really got off track there. It’s like we were at a cocktail party having a great conversation with ourselves. (Don’t worry, it’s usually like that around here. And we haven’t even mentioned Annie Hall and Manhattan. “New York is a dying city. You’ve read Death in Venice!“)
The point is, although Manhattan has become a lot shinier in the past decades, Brooklyn is still awesome. We’re not saying it’s gritty. Or even if we were, it’s okay; we still consider parts of Manhattan to be gritty, or maybe all cities to be reasonably gritty, overall. Heck, we still think shows held in New York’s “Meatpacking District,” however chi-chi and hip that part of town may be, still sounds a bit too much like we’ll be running into Freddy Krueger at some point.
We still think shows held in the “Meatpacking District” make it seem we’ll be running into Freddy Krueger at some point.
So what do we know? Very little, my friends. Very little. So we just say everything is cool, because that’s a lot easier.
The story we’re talking about here (oh wait, are we just getting to this?) is that for New York Fashion Week Fall / Winter 2014, Alexander Wang’s show will be held in Brooklyn, making it the first time such a high-profile designer has opted for a borough other than Manhattan to show during New York Fashion Week. (The show will be held February 8, 2014 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.)
Alexander Wang’s show will be held in Brooklyn, making it the first time such a high-profile designer has opted for a borough other than Manhattan to show during New York Fashion Week.
The story appeared in The Huffington Post, although it also reports Michael Kors and Diane von Furstenberg will be “eschewing” (gesundheit) Lincoln Center, which we know to no longer be true. (And if you don’t believe us, confer with the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York schedule.)
Anyway, check out the video above. It explains a lot. Or very little. We sort of lost track.
And for the record, we love Brooklyn. And also Queens. So forgive our oblique style of rhetoric. Or in the words of Vinnie Barbarino: “Who? What? Where?”