Hipster, Hobo or NYU Student?

tumblr_kthtgfXBd71qa4hp3o1_500In class yesterday, my teacher Google Image searched “brooklyn hipster,” clicked one of the first images and found that four people in our group of 20 or so knew the thick-spectacled, clearly drunk hipster on the screen in front of us. This particular specimen was of the vaguely well-kempt variety, but a visit to any Gallatin or Tisch class reveals a handful hipsters looking a little more homeless than Williamsburg. Welcome, kids, to NYU 9 download.

The line between people who live in a box and students who shopped Soho for the most rumpled clothing possible has become so unclear that “Hobo or NYU Student?” is a legitimate pastime while walking through campus. (The pedestrian’s version of a car game, if you will.) If you’re not in the mood to walk all the way to campus to play, check out Hipster is the New Homeless for a digital alternative. The site is dedicated to “those who continue to blur the line between hipsters and homeless people,” but we think they could have summed that up more concisely by just dedicating it to NYU.


  • Dan Rickmers
    December 2, 2009

    I’m partial to http://www.latfh.com/

  • Kristina Lustig
    December 2, 2009

    @dan There’s also http://lookatthishipsterfucking.tumblr.com/ which hasn’t been updated since august, but is kind of hilarious. and also nsfw.

  • mike vilensky
    December 2, 2009

    gawker had a ‘hipster or homeless?’ feature back when today’s nyu kids were still in high school. also: *why* was your teacher google-imaging “brooklyn hipster” in your class?! that is only at nyu.

  • John Lempka
    December 3, 2009

    The middle section of this particular Venn diagram is just fucking huge.

  • Robert Delap
    December 4, 2009

    Still talking about hipsters!!!

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