It is very obvious that the occasional display of what you call Republican ideals did somehow bother you, for example ONE home you saw that criticized Obama's health care plan. And even in your response, you claim it's not politics that bother you, but you disagree with "a lot" of them. How do your few examples end up being "a lot"? It is just an observation of mine that even the smallest display of opposing opinion really irk young adults in this city. And it is unfortunate that as being an apparent democrat that you feel family values and support of the military are Republican leaning ideals. Overall, it is not an argument I'm wishing to continue, I just think it is unfortunate that your reporting seems quite superficial. For some reason there is something about this small middle-class enclave that clearly makes you "uncomfortable", but you don't clearly seem to explain what it exactly it is.
Instead of predicting failure, how about giving us the address so we can go there?
You used the term "right-wing fantasy" in close reference to the number of homes with American flags. Why is the display of patriotism cynically labeled as "right-wing"; and mistakenly so in a neighborhood that is not particularly right wing? It is a very private community that is primarily Catholic and very patriotic. I will agree that most locals won't be welcoming strangers with open arms, but one must realize; it is a neighborhood, not a resort town. It is very interesting that in New York City, what is supposed to be the most free and progressive city in the world, any small display of Republican ideals makes a neighborhood "right wing". Whether you are from Bay Ridge or not, it seems the idea of someone publicly voicing a non-democrat opinion bothers you, as it does many New Yorkers. Freedom of speech, as long as you agree with me, seems to be the increasingly popular ideal amongst young people in a not so politically diverse New York City. Breezy Point is friendly to republicans as much as it is democrats, like it should be everywhere in America. And it is just that, friendly and hospitable, like "The South" as one resident stated. Not the implicated interpretation of "The South" as being somewhat intolerant and backwards. I suspect you were implying this, but can not tell for certain. Yet it seems some of your readers gladly picked up on your hints in this less then "friendly" editorial about an increasingly modern, thriving community. Looking at the skin color of the neighborhood should not be as important as understanding that it was a strong immigrant culture that built the community; and that culture remains. Areas throughout the city are celebrated for their immigrant cultures, which they maintain for generations, but this one in particular seems to grab negative attention for being primarily white.
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