CastleBraid, a children's party center in Bushwick masquerading as luxury rentals for "artists," is hilarious. It was hilarious at its inception, when the developers feuded with renters, continued to be hilarious years later when either management, renters, or some combination thereof started an ill-advised (and, less hilariously, pretty racist) Twitter account, and will, in all likelihood, remain hilarious for years to come. Case in point: an interview that Brick Underground just conducted with some of the current CastleBraid residents concerning the building's ridiculous list of amenities, which include, but are not limited to, a screening room that hosts Saturday morning cartoons, foosball, air hockey, bocce, swings, and a communal graffiti wall. You know, artist stuff.
Turns out having your own digital media lab and ping-pong table isn't all it's cracked up to be. "It's just so much money," says one renter. "Compared to what other people pay around us, we are getting killed with rent and cabs to get out here." CastleBraid: home of the world's least self-aware gentrifiers since 2010. To be fair, though, there are a few outliers. "It's sold as an artist commune and I think people want to think of themselves like that, but they're all bros who work for Google or Etsy or something," said another renter. "I can't talk. I work for a start-up too. But at least I don't think I'm an artist because of it." And then there's Joseph:
I try not to leave my house. Have you seen this place? This place is weird. I got it as a sublet through a friend of a friend and I get to move out Aug. 1. I'm moving to the Upper East Side because I need to get to the exact opposite of this. Stay strong, Joseph.
· Bocce ball, Saturday cartoon, and adult swings: Castle Braid Renters Size up Bushwick's luxe artist collective [Brick Underground]
· CastleBraid coverage [Curbed]