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  • StudioBrooklyn

    This is already happening, albeit in a small way, if you walk past the Etsy HQ. A taco place, a coffee shop, a gym. Maybe a brewery or distillery?

  • StudioBrooklyn

    You paid to see who he is? You know, you can just google him for free, or see him around on the sidewalks. ;)

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Ah, the old “do you lock your door” argument. Let’s retire it now, shall we?

    The range of motivations that exist for coming to someone’s home uninvited are a little different than those that exist for coming to a publicly-accessible neighborhood uninvited (note, you don’t, and probably shouldn’t, need an invitation to visit a neighborhood). So the comparison doesn’t really hold water.

    There is a lot of evidence to support the notion that neighborhoods are at their best when they are socioeconomically and/or culturally diverse. I don’t think Brooklyn Heights isn’t as bad as appearances would suggest in this department but we could do better.

    Speaking as a parent and as someone who studies education I’ll add that when kids are regularly exposed to a range of cultures and ways of living it’s much better for their cognitive and civic development in the long run. So from that position alone I welcome the influx of visitors and residents from other parts of the city and the world.

    I am concerned that the new developments attract too homogeneous of a socioeconomic demographic, but unfortunately that might be something we have to chalk up to “American capitalism at work”.

  • DIBS

    LOL. Kinda like Abe Vigoda.

  • Andrew Porter

    See this depressing post on “Pardon Me for Asking” about the failure of businesses there:

  • Andrew Porter

    See this post by Homer Fink from 2011, which starts, “A Troll by Any other Name…”:

  • Andrew Porter

    And they advertise here. Support local businesses!

  • Andrew Porter

    I looked out my window this morning, and several late 1940s cars drove by. Again, I’m happy I don’t have to relocate a car to somewhere miles away while they take up all the parking places with film vans.

  • Jeffrey Smith et al

    Yes, neighborhoods are accessable to the public, but they have the right try to preserve the culture they have worked for years to develope.

    Kids are better when they are exposed to cross cultures?
    Really? Amazing!
    OK sage, then how is it that drugs, violent crime and social disorder of all types were far less when we had almost NO or very little exposure ti other cultures…..!
    Simple, if you take a healthy child and poison them they become less functional and healthy. Again, centuries of human history show this….

  • AEB

    I live here because, a decade ago, my Manhattan landlord was asking for a 300% raise in my rent for an off-CPW apartment.

    Desperate to find someplace (more) affordable I cast my net wide–I even countenanced Brooklyn! As luck would have it, I found a place here that was rent stabilized and took it.

    Nice neighborhood, too.

  • Arch Stanton

    Paid with my sanity

  • StudioBrooklyn

    There are two Merriam-Webster definitions of the word “ghetto” that satisfy “an isolated part of a city in which a uniform demographic resides”.

    We know your views, Jeff, and although you are rightly hesitant to confront it we also know the label associated with them. The rest of us would prefer not to live in a ghetto, whether it’s a white-collar ghetto or a white-skin ghetto. If you think living in a ghetto is so great, by all means make your case. Let’s see it.

  • redlola

    we were not so lucky. no parking on Hicks on Friday night as we were trying to get home and relax.

  • Jeff Smith

    Ohhhh-THAT’S what your handle (of course you never use your real name brave guy) means…I’d really rather live Anywhere Except Brooklyn. So Brooklyn Heights is some kind of fall-back position or Hobson’s choice for ….the upper west side?!!!!.

  • Jeff Smith

    More psychobabble from a disordered quarter all of which neatly avoids the critical elements of the issue which I put forth.

    But look, why don’t we all stand aside and let some others he heard….

  • Arch Stanton

    Jeffery, You personify psychobabble.