During an interview with a Park Slope-based writer for the Financial Times, the Brooklyn-bred CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz, got to gabbing about where he grew up:
We talk about Brooklyn for a while, a borough whose reputation as a rough melting pot has changed in the past few years towards becoming a symbol of gentrification. I live in Park Slope, the epicentre of the shift. “That’s not really Brooklyn,” Schultz says quickly. I mention another chief executive I’ve met who grew up in Bensonhurst. “That’s Brooklyn,” he says approvingly.
Others think differently: Bensonhurst recently appeared at the bottom of Brooklyn Magazine‘s neighborhood power rankings. Anyway, I used to use this space to, say, put something like this in a broader social context. But I no longer have opinions about anything.