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Word du Jour: Trustafarian

A trustafarian is someone who wants street cred by living in artsy, pre-gentrified (or recently gentrified) neighborhoods and who pretends to be struggling while secretly living off a trust fund.

It seems that the recession is taking a toll even on the trustafarians hipsters at Ground Zero for hipsterdom, the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, NY.

The New York Times reports today that parents hit with hard times are starting to pull the plug on the trust-funders. Twenty-something creatives, who never had a paying job before, now have to look for work that will pay the bills. Gasp!

That's OK with Williamsburg's more "authentic" — and unsubsidized — residents. One actually-struggling artist told the Times: "It does make me feel a little bit better. It’s bringing a lot of Williamsburg back to reality.”


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