Thursday, April 3, 2008

The Outer Boroughs Are Getting Cool

Not that we need the media to tell us this but I guess it's official now: the outer boroughs are getting "hip", according to The Daily News:

As Manhattan loses luster, trendsetters set their sights on hip alterna-nabes

Sarah Jessica Parker is quoted in this article as saying of Manhattan, "It's expensive, and it's not what it used to be" -- and if Sarah Jessica says it, if the guru of all things hip in NYC says it, it must be true.

And it is. Obviously Manhattan has gotten so outrageously expensive that the young and hip and cool and "with it" folks can't afford to live in it anymore. And beyond that, it's actually the consolidation of wealth in Manhattan that's making it uncool -- been to the Upper East or West Sides lately, or even Tribeca and the Village? They've become so hopelessly gentrified, so luxe and sterile, that whatever funky, idiosyncratic vibe they had is fading fast.

So go to Queens, Brooklyn, even Staten Island and there you'll find the "real" New York ... whatever that may be.


  1. Well, I'll most likely be living in the boroughs, so yay! heehee :D

  2. Kind of funny to see that in print. Makes me wish I came of age in the late 70s and early 80s and saw cool bands at CBGB's...

  3. My biggest regret is that I never went to CBGBs. I always kept meaning to go and then, of course, it was too late :(

    I would also really have loved to have been around in the mid-1960s when the Velvet Underground was together. All great bands today owe a debt to the Velvets.


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