Although we hear a lot about Williamsburg being a place full of hipsters, Williamsburg is actually a pretty large area of Brooklyn. The part of Williamsburg near the Bedford Ave L subway stop has become a very white area, but southern Williamsburg is full of Hasidic Jews, and outside of the good area on the other side of the BQE there are a lot of NAMs and housing projects.
And then there’s the fact that NAMs (as well as Hasidic Jews) are really good at having lots of children, while the white hipsters of Williamsburg are mostly childfree. But Williamsburg has been attracting a lot of white married people because it is now a safe white area with convenient access to Manhattan, so there are now white babies and even school-aged white children in Williamsburg. Which creates a problem for the white parents because they need to send their children to a school where they won’t get beaten up by NAMs.
Apparently, for school principals in the area, their biggest goal is to “diversify” their schools by getting these middle/upper-middle class white parents to enroll their children. But they will have to compete against the new Williamsburg Northside School where the tuition is only $21,850, a real bargain compared to Manhattan private schools. There’s a even a Wall Street Journal article about the incredibly low tuition. The existence of the new private school is strangely not mentioned in the NY Times article.