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Honorable Mention: Red Hook
Red Hook spiked in Times mentions last year because of the destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy, which is a sad reason to gain popularity. However, it is worth noting that Red Hook was not mentioned because of the reason it used to be in the pages of the Times: crime. Last year, there were no recorded murders in the neighborhood, which is really incredible when you browse through the paper's archives using the key words "Red Hook."
Dishonorable Mention: Lefferts Garden
This beautiful and historic neighborhood on the eastern border of Prospect Park only had 7 mentions in the Times last year. I mean, that's ridiculous. There are probably places in Staten Island with more mentions than that. Can Lefferts Garden possibly be happy to be flying under the radar of Times readers? Could it want to stay a happily-guarded secret while the rest of Brooklyn gets exploited in the Styles section? I don't know. Maybe? Or maybe Lefferts Garden really needs to step up its game and come up with a trend, hopefully involving mens' facial hair, so that it can really be put on the map. We'll see what happens, but I believe in you, Lefferts Garden. You can do it.
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