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Requiem for 475 Kent

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Writer Jami Attenberg pens a poignant memoir of her time at South Williamsburg's 475 Kent, and her departure thereof when the place famously emptied of residents in early 2008: "I shut myself off from my old neighbors, took my name off the e-mail lists about the building. I did not want another update. I needed a clean break if this was going to work. I did the Craigslist hustle and found a two-bedroom in Bushwick in a day. No offense to Bushwick, where all my neighbors greeted me on the street and there is a growing arts community and a curious beauty to its industrial zone, but Bushwick is no Williamsburg, even if the real estate agents would have you believe it is. I had to walk a whole 20 minutes to find a cafe there." Read on for requisite happy ending—suck it, Bushwick! [Key, previous]