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Video Interlude

In a three-minute video worth watching, graffiti artist extraordinaire Alan Ket gives us the lowdown on the history of street art in Williamsburg while the camera dramatically pans and scans across several prominent examples. Ket reminisce about walls and trains he's painted, explaining that the 'Burg has been a hotspot for graffiti artists (excuse us, "writers") from all around the world for decades, and that gentrification has actually not stymied all that creative expression. "It goes back at least 30 years, which is impressive," Ket intones. "Although the neighborhood's been gentrified fully?the people that have come in to gentrify, some of them have been writers." Wonder how they feel about Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and other bougie retreats invading their haunts. [Free Williamsburg]