Battle of the Boroughs (and Nabes too)
My best friend in New York just moved back to Manhattan from Astoria.
This is the same gal who went from the East Village to Ditmars Blvd a year ago. In that time, we both decided not all neighborhoods or boroughs, for that matter, are created equally.
People are just so much nicer in The City she says.
I nodded agreeingly. Thinking back to those times when strangers in the city would do some of the kindest deeds out of the blue. Like the diner in a West Village restaurant who offered to give me cab fare because I ran out of cash, or the Fruit Stand Man who would let me pick up free produce just before he packed up for the night. Of course, there’s the deli man, the flower guy, and the doorman.
Having just moved to the ‘Burg six months ago, I realize I miss those daily Manhattan-esque exchanges. They were small but sweet. Simple, yet refreshing compared to the hustle bustle of the City.
Maybe it’s just me, and maybe Williamsburg needs more time to grow on me, but there’s something definitely missing along Bedford Ave compared to my days back on Broadway and Amsterdam. In theory, I like the idea of Brooklyn over Manhattan. There’s something more subtle and understated about Brooklyn. Yet Manhattan remains my first love.
I wonder will Brooklyn ever win me over? If not Williamsburg, Park Slope?
I’ve seen and heard of people who get absolutely defensive and protective over their NY neighborhoods, almost as if it were a Yankees versus Mets affair. I can barely decide between two boroughs, much less neighborhoods.
I wouldn’t even know where to begin. I wonder what makes a person fall in love with their neighborhood?
And how do you get over a hood like Manhattan?