There was a time when walking down the street in Williamsburg meant taking your life into your own hands. During the years of the crack epidemic, in the decade between the '80s and '90s, when crack cocaine had invaded the city. Then artists and bohemians swept out the mafiosos, more comfortable in the shadows, making way for the new city.


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The transformation of a poor, dangerous neighbourhood into an affluent quarter is now complete. The artists brought the opening of new businesses, art galleries, bars, clubs, restaurants, and boutiques. That created an appealing urban landscape of bicycles, purebred dogs and cool glasses.


Art had been capable of curing the entire neighbourhood.


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David is a musician living in Williamsburg


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Katie is a fashion designer living in Williamsburg


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Carl is a student from Williamsburg