But trends are fleeting, and it seems that even Williamsburg isn’t immune to becoming uncool. In the app, if you search in New York City for its Williamsburg, you actually get Bushwick, a different neighborhood in Brooklyn that’s not quite as developed as Williamsburg, but perhaps even more jam-packed with artist residences, craft beer bars, and flea markets.

Miles away from Shoreditch.
Miles away from Shoreditch.
Image: Where is Williamsburg?/Screenshot

As for outside of the US, spot checks suggest that many of the world’s cities have their hipster neighborhoods correctly identified—such as Kreuzberg in Berlin, or Vesterbro in Copenhagen—but be sure to double-check before heading on vacation. For example, in London, the app says that Shoreditch is the Williamsburg of the city (which is certainly true), but it marks as far further east in West Ham: Anybody looking for pour-over coffee or early-pressing vinyl out there is likely to get knifed.

Who said startups aren’t building anything useful anymore?

Image by Nan Palmero on Flickr, licensed under CC-BY-2.0.

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