April 5, 2006

Brooklyn Stroller-Free Movement Gets Stuck On Curb Of Life

stroller_free_logo.jpgFor a while there, The Stroller Manifesto Movement, the attempt to take Brooklyn back for the adults, one bar at a time, was looking really good. They had nice coverage in the Post, on Salon, in BKLN Magazine, They got a couple of cute logos, which'd look great on T-shirts: there's this guy in Greenpoint who has a silkscreening machine and stuff...

Then the founder got a dayjob, and the whole project lurched to a halt, like the wheels falling off a 12/03 Maclaren.

Meanwhile, in the bars up and down Fifth Avenue, rigs are clogging the hall to the bathroom, and rugrats are running rampant [coinage alert: rigrats! Hmm? Hmmm?]. A child-free hipster can't hear himself think anymore. At least until 8, when all the kids go home to bed. Damn grups.

Keep the dream alive! Read the Stroller-Free Manifesto [strollerfree.com via dt reader christy]
Previously: Don't fire till you see the whites of their hand-screened American Apparel t-shirts

4 Comments

If parents bring their kids to a bar I have no problem with that. It's when their children are runnig around bothering others. What's the point of screwing up a decent pint for others? It's just not right. And I don't even drink!

[amen. -ed.]

The founder got a dayjob? Pfffftttt. Dayjobs are SO not hipster friendly. I'm demanding immediate return of his Pabst Blue Ribbon trucker hat and Williamsburg zip code.

Not to bring it way down, but I just followed the link through to the Childfree Movement stuff and now I feel sad. People are throwing really vulnerable stuff out there about how they're getting older and starting to look at babies and have doubts about remaining childfree, and are essentially being told to ignore those doubts and borrow a screaming, drooling toddler for a few hours and that'll "fix" them. Wow. That's a lot heavier than not wanting to trip over someone's shorty and spill your Hoegarden.

[it's like those human extinction people. But seriously, who'd look for unbiased advice on wavering commitment to childfree-dom on a childfree website? -ed.]

At least those crazies have a crazy rationale. All these folks seem to have (and yeah, I'm totally generalizing after reading only 50 or so comments) is a vague dread of 'being tied down' and having someone depend on them.

But whatever - they think I'm nuts, I think they're nuts, we're all happy feeling superior.

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