Wow, VICE is on a roll here (although I guess I watched their "Streets by VICE" episodes backwards -- I saw the Sunset Blvd. one first). Here's another episode of this fantastic series where VICE goes through the history of a place as told through one particular street. For Brooklyn, it's Bedford Avenue, a name that is synonymous with Williamsburg but one that also carries a rich history that spreads way beyond Williamsburg's borders.
This episode is a short history lesson on the people and cultures that spread throughout Brooklyn in little communities and talks about how the gentrification of Brooklyn as a whole is driving these people further and further away from NYC.
PS: That skate portion was horrendous though.