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Brooklyn Transplant Makes Rap Video Mocking Area's Gentrification

By Janet Upadhye | June 26, 2014 4:23pm
Brownstone Crooklyn
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BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — Recent Brooklyn transplant Tim Eberle's music video makes fun of people like himself.

The video, which has received thousands of views since it was posted on YouTube a week ago, features a group of flannel-clad rappers rhyming about Brooklyn's rampant gentrification.

The four-minute rap covers some of the woes of Brooklyn's newest residents — from challenging co-op interviews, to the difficulty of finding a place to park a Zipcar to the Grand Army Plaza farmer's market's tendency to run out of beets.

"But that's the price that you pay if you want to live in the world that serves as the inspiration for the hit TV show 'Girls'," raps Eberle, who is originally from Westfield, Massachusetts.

Named "Brownstone Crooklyn," the video also features views of Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and Barclays Center where Eberle raps about his friend's indie mandolin band, Paul Giamatti sightings and hot Park Slope moms.

Eberle, who works in finance and moved to Brooklyn Heights from the Upper West Side last year, said he created the video to take a tongue-in-cheek look at the changing borough.

"People like to poke fun at themselves," he explained. "Many people who are in a position of white privilege find a rap about that privilege funny."

When Eberle, 31, is not at his day job he is a writer for a sketch comedy company, Magnet Theater, and thinks comedy can serve as a good way to talk about serious issues.

"The serious commentary behind all of the jokes is the fact the Brooklyn is becoming a playground for the rich," he said. "Soon underprivileged people will not be able to live here anymore."