"Any hipster that believes in justice, any hipster that believes in progress, any hipster that believes that hardworking low-income tenants deserve a decent and affordable place to live, we invite you to join this coalition."
— Evelyn Cruz, a representative of congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, calling on Williamsburg’s newcomers to rally against landlords.
"I think that basically what it comes down to is, the government doesn’t seem to be investing very much in public transportation these days. So I think that it’s up to private providers of transportation, such as Rockabus, to pick up the slack."
Sam Morrill, who co-founded the Rockabus, which offers a ride from Williamsburg to the Rockaways, with Ryan Hefner, a Williamsburg-based surfer and web designer.
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"Basically when there are forums about war, about drones, about any of these very upsetting issues, they’re usually held in schools or churches or a specific location where people have to go. So, the idea of this is to go where people are. To go on the street and talk to people so that they can ask questions, and the model gets people asking questions."
— Nick Mottern, a 73-year-old Westchester-based activist and chief organizer of the Drones Tour, which aims to increase awareness about the pilotless planes that drop bombs. Mottern and his group have set up three models by Borough Hall.