Isn't it, depending on how one cares to view this, as either too late or too early for the annual April Fool's Day piece?
Your rankings have nothing in common with reality, just like the nasally, kazoo-voiced, Mr. Salty-physiqued, flamingo leg-armed, lumberjack shirt and chick jean-attired, wearing-ironic-wool-ski-caps-and-scarves-in-the-summer, neckbeards-doubling-as-a-lice-farm, sustainable, organic, fair trade, I'm-waiting-for-my-first-gallery-exhibition, latte foam sculpting, artisanal kickball coordinator/laptop author/"indie" flugelhorn consultant, bedbug-breeding Like Yahstafarians named Hummus, Hayden and Josh and their equally annoying pasty-skinned, pure-bred Ohio Cankle Spaniel female counterparts, Zoe and Meghan, at whom you direct this pretentious Baedecker Guide for useless, attention-starved me-monkey staycationing urban explorers who want information on how to maximize their parentally-subsidized gritty in-the-trenches experience in that magical and whimsical hipster theme park known as Brooklyn.
These cultural vampires, who have never even been to Brooklyn will feel that they've amassed enough knowledge from this worthless random selection of words you consider an article to believe that they are now experts in all matters Brooklyn, without even stepping foot into the borough. Using your superficial and shallow insight as a definitive reference as to what is the "real" Brooklyn is akin to asking someone in Bangladesh which restaurants in Kansas City he would recommend.
Bushwick. oh come on! Just b/c the writers are too ridiculous to live in other cheap nabes doesnt make Bushwick #7.
Ah, yes, ranked by Midwest transplants. Notice how all the neighborhoods with the highest concentration of people ACTUALLY BORN IN BROOKLYN!!!!! are ranked near the bottom? So this is the hipster ranking based on people born out of state, loving cycle lanes, drinking PBR, wearing thick frames, with the thinnest arms, self identifying as "creative", listinging to crappy music, having read neck beards, wearing itchy wool hats and scarves in summer, riding a fixie, with loud clubs and restaurants than will close in a year? I , I also compared this to the most snooty expensive trendy coffee and the ranking came out exactly the same. Whoever took this is full of s&*t, they have never been to most of the neighborhoods.
"Bias towards white and wealthy"....Ah yes:
#1 Greenpoint, Land of the wealthy
#2 Clinton Hill and Ft. Greene, land of the white
#3 Ditmas Park, gentrified overdeveloped hellhole....
This reminds me of Funston's big board on Yahoo Fantasy Baseball. I love it.
How is Prospect Heights not #1???!
I live in Fort Greene BTW.
"Using a very scientific approach, we judged neighborhoods on criteria like food and drink, accessibility, culture, infrastructure, affordability, and our deeply held prejudices about the time we’ve spent there."
Should I be happy that my neighborhood (Prospect Lefferts Gardens) "beat out" some better known brownstone neighborhoods like Boerum Hill and Prospect Heights?
Nah--the whole thing is pretty silly!
Your list is horribly biased, and should at least include specific reasons why you chose the neighborhoods that you did (from what I can tell, your bias is "white" and "wealthy"). If you simply present the list itself as you did, it's just reads as a weak, ranty, opinion piece that ignores the huge amount of great culture in many of the neighborhoods you snubbed.
"this is a very touchy subject lol"
That is true.
So dumb. How do you rank neighborhoods? Who are you ranking them for? The people who decide Brooklyn is the "cool" and "hip" place to live? How about the people who've lived here for ever? ENY, Brownsville,Marine Park, Sheepshead bay those are still neighborhoods...they havent been commercialized by YUPPIES and HIPSTERS. Park Slope isnt a neighborhood nor is carrol gardens those are over hyped commercialized areas that cost way to much to live there. Brooklyn is where i was born raised and reside, Brooklyn made me who i am today. Brooklyn didnt make these yuppies or hipsters who pay millions to live in these "neighborhoods". This is a bullshit list, I hope no one actually listens to this garbage. Let the people who are from Brooklyn rank thier neighborhoods, this is a very touchy subject lol
Hmmm... looks like Crown Heights/Prospect Heights didn't make the list since it's not nearly as accessible as places like Red Hook (oh wait... there's a shuttle that runs right through it... connecting the C, 4, 5, 2, 3, and B & Q trains...).
Then again the culture couldn't possibly rival Fort Greene (just that behemoth Brooklyn Museum and some boring old plants at the Botanical Gardens, a thriving West Indian population, and smaller outlets like Launchpad which offer pay-what-you-can acupuncture and yoga, host sewing circles, community meetings, concerts, and art openings).
I'd surely starve/dry out here (if not for Franklin Park, Soda, The Vanderbilt, The Candy Rush, Way Station, Tom's Diner, Sweet Basil, Chavela's, Dean Street, Ample Hills Creamery, Washington Commons, or any of the other newly opened or scheduled -to-open bars & restaurants now dotting Vanderbilt, Franklin, and every Ave. in between).
I'll spend the money I save paying $600 in rent at About Time, Rosebud Vintage, Owl & Thistle, Unnameable Books, or Park Delicatessan (which is actually a skate/flower/handmade gifts shop), watch these rest of these huge condos come up, and you can tack Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO onto your list for reasons even you can't seem to identify. Second Thoughts Indeed.
The (white) Brooklyn Neighborhood Power Rankings
How is Borough Park worse than Brownsville & East New York? Same thing for Gerritsen... Have y'all ever even been to BP or GB?
Perhaps this is structural? RustLover, it is possible that in those places you mention, far too large of a share of social goods is expended on transportation rather than on things like entertainment and food. When people don't have to gas up their car and pay insurance on top of that, they have thousands of additional dollars per year to pump into the local economy. Get tens of thousands of people together and that starts to add up to big bucks.
Prospect Heights was an editing error since corrected
really? with the exception of bushwick and maybe gowanus, these are also the most expensive hoods. lame, guys.
I view these burgeoning networks as incredibly critical-so, so much of the quality talent, resources and openness/progressiveness has been drained out of cities such as Cleveland, Buffalo and Detroit. The politicians, developers and "economic development" agencies are plagued with corruption, ineptness and "silver bullet" solution. There is a desperate need for revolt and real solution-"outsiders" with an insider perspective could be just that. But change is not going to come easily, rest assured.
No Prospect Heights?
Right on! I miss you all and continue to draw pleasure and inspiration from our week at 3B. Frisco on Vashon Island, WA
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