Can't Look Away
by Geoffrey Himes
When you climb the stairs from the underground Bedford Avenue stop on New York’s L Train, you emerge into a world where everyone is 25, skinny and dressed in black. This is Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood, the hub of the indie-rock world in 2012. As you walk Bedford Avenue, the main drag, to the northeast, however, you cross McCarren Park and enter a world where people come in all ages, fashions and misshapen forms. This is Greenpoint, a largely Polish, working-class neighborhood, a place where the hardware stores still outnumber the health-food stores.
On the border between the two neighborhoods is Five...