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‘Hipsterbia’ claims a piece of Williamsburg


It had to happen sooner or later. The hipster pioneers of Brooklyn’s greatest real estate reclamation project are having kids and leaving Williamsburg behind. Many of them have landed in the quaint riverside towns of Westchester County, a swath of land the New York Times has christened “Hipsterbia.”

Benefitting from this migration are developer Saber Chauncey Dobbs Ferry Partners and their leasing agents Greenstone Realty, which spent six years working with Westchester County and the town of Dobbs Ferry to erect Rivertowns Square, a 140,000-sq.-ft. mixed-use center hard on the Hudson River.

Rivertowns this week scored a coup in snaring as its grocery anchor Brooklyn Market of Williamsburg, a purveyor of quality meats, seafood, prepared foods and product that, like Dobbs Ferry’s new residents, helped make Williamsburg what it is today.

“Yes, there are other markets that have produce and products almost as fresh as Brooklyn Market, but none with the level of service the founders of Brooklyn Market demand,” said Martin Berner, managing member of Saber Chauncey Dobbs Ferry.

Rivertowns tenants include iPic Theater, the City Perch restaurant, Chipotle, Chop’t. A Hilton Hotel and luxury apartments are slated to open on the property by year’s end.

“Rivertowns Square is exactly what retail shopping centers will try to be in the future – driven by great food, great entertainment and great hospitality,” said Greenstone Realty Chairman Robert Greenstone.

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