The Brooklyn Neighborhood Power Rankings

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09/28/2011 4:00 AM |


Ranking the neighborhoods of Brooklyn is like choosing between one’s
children: sometimes you just have to do it because it makes for good copy.
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.

1. Greenpoint
2. Fort Greene/Clinton Hill
3. Ditmas Park

4. Cobble Hill

5. Williamsburg


6. Gowanus


7. Bushwick


8. Park Slope


9. Carroll Gardens


10. Brooklyn Heights


11. DUMBO


12. Red Hook









On the outside looking in:


13. Vinegar Hill 14. Windsor Terrace 15. Prospect Lefferts Gardens 16. Boerum Hill 17. Prospect Heights 18. Crown Heights 19. Bedford-Stuyvestant 20. Parkville 21. Kensington 22. Bay Ridge 23. Sunset Park 24. Brighton Beach 25. Gravesend 26. Coney Island 27. Midwood 28. Sheepshead Bay 29. Flatbush 30. Dyker Heights 31. Bergen Beach 32. Marine Park 33. Bath Beach 34. Manhattan Beach 35. Sea Gate 36. Mill Basin 37. Bensonhurst 38. Canarsie 39. Flatlands 40. Downtown Brooklyn 41. Homecrest 42. Starrett City 43. Wingate 44. East Flatbush 45. Brownsville 46. East New York 47. Gerritsen Beach
48. Borough Park



58 Comment

  • No Prospect Heights?

  • really? with the exception of bushwick and maybe gowanus, these are also the most expensive hoods. lame, guys.

  • Prospect Heights was an editing error since corrected

  • How is Borough Park worse than Brownsville & East New York? Same thing for Gerritsen… Have y’all ever even been to BP or GB?

  • The (white) Brooklyn Neighborhood Power Rankings

  • 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.

  • 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

  • “this is a very touchy subject lol”

    That is true.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • @ CT
    “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

  • How is Prospect Heights not #1???!

    I live in Fort Greene BTW.

  • This reminds me of Funston’s big board on Yahoo Fantasy Baseball. I love it.

  • “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….

  • 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.

  • Bushwick. oh come on! Just b/c the writers are too ridiculous to live in other cheap nabes doesnt make Bushwick #7.

  • 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.

  • Thank you SwampYankee! I completely agree. This report is brought to you by Ignorance. ..Ignorance, living off their parent’s trust-fund and trying out New York for a few years.

  • “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

  • L magazine is censoring comments. Page says 19 comments, I only see 14. If the Times censored you comments you would be screaming like that hipster who was pepper sprayed. L magazine nothing. This is Pravda

  • >gowanus
    >ranked higher than brooklyn heights
    >whatthefuckamireading.jpg

  • Bushwick better then carroll gardens? parkslope? brooklyn heights? Are you guys on crack…. Bushwick has three decent places to hang out.. Put down the pipe and venture into REAL BROOKLYN!!!!!!

  • @SwampYankee
    My page says 22 comments and I count 22 comments.

    Also, this is fun, you guys.

  • So essentially the places that ranked highest were once diverse neighborhoods that became gentrified and lost the ethnic authenticity while dishing up a heaping serving of pretentiousness.

    Reminds me of that King of the Hill episode where hipsters start moving in.

  • “So essentially the places that ranked highest were once diverse neighborhoods that became gentrified and lost the ethnic authenticity while dishing up a heaping serving of pretentiousness.”

    Pretty much, yeah!

  • how on earth is greenpoint #1? accessability…. hello?

  • @JC

    Next issue: The Ten Most Ethnically Authentic Brooklyn Neighborhoods

  • “Using a very scientific approach, we judged neighborhoods on criteria like food and drink, accessibility, culture, infrastructure, affordability, and our deeply held prejudices–” I’d say your prejudices are very deeply held indeed–East New York, Flatlands, Wingate and East Flatbush, all at the bottom. I’d rather not say what “science” it was that you were using.

  • Seems you rated the neighborhoods by the concentration of faux lumberjack shirt wearing, penny farthing riding, thick eyeglasses wearing, greasy lice infested neckbearded, moldy Chuck Taylors, overpriced vintage clothes and American Apparel wearing, ironic t-shirts, Macbook lugging, murse carrying, skinny girl jeans on guys, bedbug incubating wool hats and scarves in the summer, girls in shapeless dresses with uneven skirt hems, kickball playing unicycle riding nasally kazoo voiced unpaid intern banjo playskool xylophone bands, fauxhemian artistes have gravitated to certain areas. There aren’t any of those easy-to-identify trustafarian interlopers in East New York or Wingate, hence those neighborhood’s low rating. FYI, just because you live in a so-called “arty” neighborhood doesn’t automatically make you an artist. I’ve seen what you try to pass off as “art”. What you try to pass off as “music” and “fashion” is even worse.

  • “Seems you rated the neighborhoods by the concentration of faux lumberjack shirt wearing, penny farthing riding, thick eyeglasses wearing, greasy lice infested neckbearded, moldy Chuck Taylors, overpriced vintage clothes and American Apparel wearing, ironic t-shirts, Macbook lugging, murse carrying, skinny girl jeans on guys, bedbug incubating wool hats and scarves in the summer, girls in shapeless dresses with uneven skirt hems, kickball playing unicycle riding nasally kazoo voiced unpaid intern banjo playskool xylophone bands, fauxhemian artistes have gravitated to certain areas. There aren’t any of those easy-to-identify trustafarian interlopers in East New York or Wingate, hence those neighborhood’s low rating. FYI, just because you live in a so-called “arty” neighborhood doesn’t automatically make you an artist. I’ve seen what you try to pass off as “art”. What you try to pass off as “music” and “fashion” is even worse.”

    This is all pretty much true. Except for the part at the end about how well you know us.

  • “This is all pretty much true. Except for the part at the end about how well you know us”

    Born out of state were we Johnny Cupcake? Sorry about that. My birth certificate says Wycoff Heights Hospital, Brooklyn. Yours? Not so much. I’m sure you think you have it all figured, how “Brooklanized” you are. But you don’t. And because you were not born here you will never, ever, figure out why you will never be a real New Yorker. Enjoy you blog. Ohio misses you

  • Wycoff Heights Hospital on my birth cert. too…..snap!. This schmuck nothing wishes he knew what REAL Brooklyn was about…he wouldn’t even survive in the REAL Brooklyn acting like a pompous little twat…now thats friggin funny.

  • Are you guys talking about neighborhoods or electing a friggin’ prom queen?

    Being Brooklyn born and raised, I pray that someday soon all of you urban homesteaders pack up your fixies, Space Invader’s T-shirts and I-junk and go back home to Spungeon Falls, Ohio where your degrees in film theory, women’s studies and contemporary tattoo history will do you as much good as they did here.

    I’ve had the opportunity visit my old ‘hood (screw you with your”nabe” moniker). What a sad site.

    24 dollar pizzas. People wearing scraves and ski caps – in the heat of summer.
    My only hope for the future is that the criminal element that has laid dormant in my time will eat you pretentious like-yahs alive and you’ll go running back to mommy and daddy screaming like a little girl with her hair on fire.

    I’m not gonna get into the tattooed canklesauruses – much. My beef is with you – the beta males. the ones who, when your girlfriend is being molested, you film it with your I-phone to post it on your blog about your urban gritty existence. Heaven forbid you man-up.

    The people I grew up with made damn sure that it was safe for old ladies to go to mass at midnight…for kids to hang out at the park at 10PM. We took care of our own and we took care of criminals in our own special way – namely thanks to the kind folks who inhabited so many of the social clubs in Brooklyn. We never had bikes stolen, apartments broken into or muggings.

    But then we lived in the good neighborhoods. We wouldn’t be caught dead living near a toxic open cesspool like the Gowanus canal or in an over priced apartment – excuse me – “live/work space” – in what used to be Ye Olde Breukelen Galvanizing Co. and Phosporous Werks. And if this wasn’t dumb enough, you grow food on the roof tops of these buildings? Are you insane? You eat vegan burritos buy organic food and live in a superfund site? Is this the irony you swizlesticks are so fond of?

    My dream is that you parentally funded, water tower and graffiti photographing, roof top farming bedbug ranchers run out of cash or get eaten up by real New Yorkers who have had enough of your whining, bike lanes, unending demands, rent raising, organic overpriced goods, art galleries and essentially turning one of the greatest cities in the world into a playground for mentally challenged, funemployed redbeards and Meghan canklesteins.

    Yeah I know what your thinking: “But Yahhhhhhhhhhhhh..It’s so …authentic! I bought a piece of pizza from a real eye-talian. Can’t wait to put this on my blog!”

    You see ..we lived this long because as far as humans go we’re at the top of the food chain. We’re not victims. we know better than to whip out an I-pad on a subway only to be punched in the face by some kind (at least to us) Hispanic and have it taken from you (and that’s the hispanic women). We know how to fight. We treat real Brooklynites and NY-ers with respect.

    You don’t. You pathetic urban colonists are nothing more than victims. So no matter what “nabe” you move to, no matter how many galleires and coffee shops you open, criminals will find you because they can smell weakness.

    But go ahead. Form your little community groups and neighborhood patrols. But a video camera and a rape whistle will not help you one bit when some interloper has your faced smashed into the pavement.

    Call the cops..but it’s hard to do when your I-phone got shoved so far up your nether regions you have to dial 911 with your tonsils.

    Ahhhh. The meds are kicking in. I feel much better.

    You can take my post down now, Bucky.

  • Oh and moew thing. brooklyn used to be a manufacturing powerhouse. Tons of products – some of which are still being made today.

    Now as then not one of them had “Brooklyn” in their company or product name.

    Now you jackholes put “Brooklyn” everything. I wonder some hipster wastrel is trying to get his parents to copyright “Brooklyn”.

  • This is one of the most pointless things I’ve seen in a while.

  • Invert this list for a ranking of neighborhoods based on street cred.

  • Here are the things being used as insults so far in this thread:

    -bike lanes
    -drinking PBR
    -thick-framed glasses
    -wool hats
    -scarves
    -riding a fixie
    -loud clubs
    -restaurants
    -trendy coffee
    -lumberjack shirts
    -sustainable
    -organic
    -fair trade
    -wanting to be an artist
    -lattes
    -artisanal [things?]
    -kickball
    -writing on a laptop
    -the flugelhorn
    -the names Hayden, Josh, Zoe and Meghan
    -Chuck Taylors
    -vintage clothes
    -American Apparel
    -ironic t-shirts
    -Macbooks
    -men with bags
    -girls in shapeless dresses with uneven skirt hems
    -unicycles
    -banjos
    -xylophones bands
    -Space Invader’s T-shirts
    -Apple products
    -film theory
    -women’s studies
    -contemporary tattoo history
    -roof top farming

    How are you supposed to argue with someone who thinks they’re insulting you by correctly identifying the things you like very much? Most of what you say is true (except for all the blustering nativist crap: some of us (L Mag editorial) are from Brooklyn, some are from Queens, and some are

  • Johnny,

    -bike lanes Not a problem for me but the holier than thou attitude of transplants is rather annoying.
    -drinking PBR–Pretty shitty beer. You drink it to be ironic because working class people used to drink it which is obnoxious. Most hipsters grew up wealthy and drink this shitty beer to gain some fake authenticity
    -thick-framed glasses–These just look stupid, especially for those with 20/20 vision
    -wool hats–NYC is very hot in the summer and there is no way this can be comfortable. People choosing fashion over comfort in 100 degree heat are generally poseur assclowns. Also probably used to hide unwashed nasty hair
    -scarves –see above
    -riding a fixie–Again style over comfort. NYC is very hilly which requires more than one gear.
    -loud clubs-Don’t disturb families with your loud parties on a Sunday night because you don’t have a job
    -restaurants-If they serve tasty food I am fine with transplants opening restaurants. However most of these hipster places serve food that is way over priced and under portioned
    -trendy coffee-I like a good cup of Joe, just not for $5. The pretentiousness of some of these places is also off the charts
    -lumberjack shirts–You’re not a lumberjack and I bet you couldn’t even lift an axe
    -sustainable- if true a good thing but in reality a buzzword to be pretentious about
    -organic-see above, don’t preach to me about it
    -fair trade–you care so much about Guatemalans yet look down on them here in the city. Hypocrites.
    -wanting to be an artist–nothing wrong with this except most of you aren’t talented and in the end contribute nothing to society
    -lattes- No problem here
    -artisanal [things?] Again a buzzword. Most of these artisinal products produced by these transplants are not very good. True artisinal products generally result from experience and apprenticeship. Artisinal doesn’t mean “Josh just learned how to make pickles last week and now has opened a pickle company with daddy’s money”. Go to Smorgasbord in Williamsburg, tons of shitty products.
    -kickball–Look if you want to play kickball that’s fine with me. I just choose to play in a baseball and basketball league because I have athletic ability
    -writing on a laptop–Again not a problem, just a common symptom
    -the flugelhorn–I will plead ignorance here
    -the names Hayden, Josh, Zoe and Meghan–typical white suburban douchey names
    -Chuck Taylors-Besides being ugly they are uncomfortable
    -vintage clothes –we live in a city with a bed bug problem. Need I say more?
    -American Apparel–un flattering clothing for skinny hipster men and chubby hipsterwomen owned by a peadophile.
    -ironic t-shirts–these shirts aren’t ironic and they aren’t clever. Wearing blue collar clothes doesn’t change who you are
    -Macbooks–Actually a pretty good product
    -men with bags–Don’t get shocked when your $400 man purse gets robbed by a kid from Bed Stuy
    -girls in shapeless dresses with uneven skirt hems—Not flattering.
    -unicycles—Really? I mean Really? I have no rational thing to say here only that anytime I see some asshole on a unicycle I want to punch them. Well i guess they are a public safety hazard because they are a GIANT WHEEL WITH A SEAT
    -banjos–This isn’t Deliverance asshole
    -xylophones bands—Shitty not ironic
    -Space Invader’s T-shirts–You’re 40 years old. You’re an adult, give up childhood. i never saw my father wearing a Howdy Doody t shirt
    -Apple products–Not a problem with the product but the sheep like devotion is a little sick
    -film theory—Useless waste of Daddy’s money
    -women’s studies-Possibly useful
    -contemporary tattoo history—Your nasty ass tattoos are permanent. You ever see 60 year olds with faded stretched out tattoos? Enjoy your future
    -roof top farming–Brooklyn is pretty toxic. I wouldn’t want to eat things growing out of the ground no less an asbestos laden roof. Enjoy.

    So you see most of us “natives” have no problem with people moving here and being productive parts of the community. People who interact with the people who are already here. The problem with the hipsters is that they only interact with themselves and try to tell the people who are already here how to live. They also view the different “ethnics” like zoo animals in the stories of their lives. There is no respect. Your list is fairly indicative of this trend.

  • The problem with self-proclaimed native Brooklynites is that they only interact with themselves and try to tell everyone who moves to Brooklyn how to live.

  • Gee, yet if you visit the Midwest, all you hear is how Muslims should assimilate to the culture. How Mexicans should learn to speak English in areas that used to be Mexico. How scary foreigners are. Yet the people from the Midwest show up in areas in which they are the foreigners and expect those who are already there to assimilate to their Midwest idea of what the area should be. Is that what hipsters call living ironically?

  • Jonny,
    You left the bedbug farms you keep under your wool ski cap and the stale grease, food particles and lice in your gross neckbeard off your list. Those are things you like a lot too, like yah, totes obvsies.

  • @MissAnnThrope, @sledgehammer
    Ha. Now you guys are just being nonsensical fuckheads.

  • The L magazine has no business commenting on real Brooklyn neighborhoods such as Brownsville, East NY,Sheepshead,etc…

    Stick to reporting on your manufactured neighborhoods

  • @Fcuk yuppies
    Isn’t that what we did?

  • I love how this is rated from people who arent from brooklyn fucking faggots i miss the old brooklyn

  • Yea i kinda agree that not even listing why they were chosen is an issue and that they shouldn’t even be ranked, but i don’t agree with the white statement Ditmas Park is really diverse.

  • I’m tired of testosterone starved girlmen transplants from the Midwest giving their opinions about Brooklyn – you people grew up in a cultural wasteland bubble and don’t know what the hell your talking about. You know nothing about the real world because your white bread grandparents fled to the shitburbs in the 60’s, now after two years of living living in Brooklyn you pretend like you discovered the fuckin place. Only people from the ghetto and wannabes use the word “hood”, but if you want I dare you to move to Brownsville. Go back where you came from and a blow me.

  • This is a bogus article. It’s written in tunnel vision from a secluded elitist point of view. Which of course is from a transplant hipster. But this is L magazine. This is written by hipsters for hipsters, so it should be expected. How many L magazine readers are there in Sheepshead bay? exactly.

    So this article is pretty much for people who read this magazine. Not to say I agree. I think the ratings are absurd and even somewhat despicable. Bushwick is an ugly hell hole. There is no reason it should have made any list over prospect heights or boerum hill. But it’s skinny jeans and art school/barista town and that’s who reads this. what use would it do to have the 10 greatest neighborhoods: bensonhurst, bay ridge, sunset park, crown heights, midwood…

    Me, I’m raised in park slope (since 1990), originally from manhattan. Some of my friends went the williamsburg route, whle some went the deep brooklyn ways. Others just never left. I don’t hate on hipsters or think I’m better. I love good coffee and bike lanes. Just don’t be a tool.

  • @SK
    “So this article is pretty much for people who read this magazine.”

    Crazy, right?

  • @Johnny Diamond
    Right, it’s why it makes any sense. And to be honest I don’t blame you because it’s what your readers, for the most part, want to read. So that should be the end of the story. But…

    Can you blame all the people who are put off by this? It’s written from within an arrogant and very biased bubble where Bushwick is #7 and Park Slope and Carroll Gardens fall right behind it. Really? That’s absolutely twisted and insane.

    Besides, South Slope is pretty Hipster and cheap (relatively) these days. Maybe it’ll make next year’s Hipter power ranking?

  • @SK
    Preferring Bushwick to Park Slope might be insane (but hey, I don’t like parks and find Park Slope incredibly boring), and this whole undertaking is most certainly biased by the opinions of those of us who put it together (including someone born and raised in Bay Ridge!), but I’m not sure why it’s particularly arrogant. We’ve been pretty clear about what we like and want out of life, as have most of the commenters in this thread. They seem to be different things. I invite everyone to come up with their own rankings and, where possible, I’ll post them right here.

    I certainly don’t blame people for vehemently disagreeing with this ranking, though I can gently mock them for their dully homophobic hatred of the mythical “noodle-armed Midwestern girlie man who has a trust fund and hates brown people and on and on and on…” The vitriol indiscriminately hosed upon the archetypal hipster straw man always amazes me.

  • I have a problem with these transplants looking down on all the working class people. “we are so artsy and intelligent” meanwhile the cop who barely gets by on his salary raising a family has to hear insults from this garbage. And to top it off has to protect them from all scary “minorities” these stupid clueless transplant f**ks are so afraid of.

  • @brooklyn
    Fuck you. Cops make more than I do and have better benefits. I’m raising a family in Brooklyn. I value things like being “artsy and intelligent.”

    Again, fuck you.

  • @brooklyn
    Cops make a salary with benefits. Artists struggle. No salary or benefits. So wtf? they make more than me. And when i was growing up in Brooklyn they were never there when a puerto rican was robbing me. But, they’re there giving tickets in the subway at 4am for leaning your feet on the seat. They’re also there beating the shit out these artsy transplants on wall street. Most of their time is being spent being tools trying to fill a quota making money for the city. Also they have a tendency to be power hungry and bully the average citizen.

    But, yeah I look down on the average blue collar type. They often have conservative values and hold back society from progress. They are mindless sheep who usually eat crappy food and drink crappy beer and buy big entertainment systems to watch crappy TV. And yes, they often make more than your artsy hipster. They’re not poor they just max out the credit card on TV’s and cars and spend their life paying it back.

  • Power huh? This may be a good subject for multiple rankings. Such as highest rent, best sea food, most greenspaces or easiest parking. Could be an ongoing project and a feature every week.

  • Full circle. In the 60’s it was “never trust a hippie or someone over 30”. Now it’s reversed the under 40 crowd have got to be the lamest, talentless, useless bunch ever. I was born & raised in NYC in the 70’s & 80’s. That was the real NYC. It’s all a joke now. Parts of Brooklyn might as well be kansas or Ohio. 20 & 30 something bloggers telling me where I should go hang out in Brooklyn?? It’s so laughable. The most ironic thing about hipsters is there is NOTHING hip about them. And why do the women want to dress like Edith Bunker.

    Now they are all prostesting wall street for the reasons they created & caused. Who made you go into debt? You did it to yourselves morons. Like yah, buying the latest gadgets, AA shirt & $10 artis – anal coffee like yah. Morons. I bought myself a house in my 20’s. Now I can sell it for 4x as much to some dumb ass whipe that didn’t want to live here 15 years ago.

  • If my calculations are correct, all of these gentrified neighborhoods will soon turn back into ghettos as soon as we all have a massive crime spree, mug, rape and pillage all the White people outta here. Until then, let’s be nicer to each other.

    Also, Johnny, it’s really unbecoming for someone who works at L Mag to comment and insult the readers. It’s like when a school girl starts going bat shit crazy at her class after someone in her class says her face is ugly during a presentation.

  • Wow… I’m sorry. I stumbled on this posting through a link from another site. So this “magazine” is really called “L”? As in “the L Train”? Seriously? I’m another life-long NYer who has been annoyed/ irritated by this throng of non-creative transplants who’ve been filing into Brooklyn unabated since “Friends” anchored NBC’s Thursday night lineup, but I never thought that this collection of slovenly mid-westerners (yea, I’m being generic about where you come from) would ever recognize themselves enough to actually read an unabashed “hipster” periodical. Good for you, Caleb!