Our Borough, Ourselves

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For the past month the Observer’s been running a weekly column called “Brooklyn, the Borough.” Each installment is a first-person account written by Nicole Brydson, who grew up in Manhattan and did some time in Greenpoint and Hell’s Kitchen before recently settling in Prospect Heights. In grand old Observer fashion, the column sorta reads like “Sex and the City,” but instead of bed-hopping and social climbing the focus is one woman’s quest to identify herself via her new borough. Here’s what Brydson’s learned so far:
Lesson 1: Finding the right neighborhood is tough. Williamsburg=”hupsters.” Park Slope=”pretentious mommy-daddy colony.” Fort Greene=”just about perfect,” but a little too pricey. Prospect Heights=True love, at the right price.

Lesson 2: It’s possible to decorate on the cheap. Getting gear from Lowe’s and IKEA is all well and good, but how ’bout that beige carpet from the sidewalk? “So far, no bed bugs!”

Lesson 3: Gentrification is a bitch. “I feel destined to simultaneously be gentrified and gentrifying, but to most people I just look like the new white girl on the block.”

Lesson 4: Don’t expect sanity from a real estate agent who asks you to sign a lease on the hood of her Jag.

Looking forward to more!
Escaping Hupsters for New Prospects [Observer]
An Electric Boyfriend Works the New Apartment [Observer]
Destined to Be Gentrified and Gentrifying [Observer]
My Angel Gave Me Hell [Observer]

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  • I’m sorry, but anyone who thinks Fort Greene is “just about perfect” is destined to spend their life writing obnoxious “lifestyle” pieces for publications no one reads, like The Observer.

  • All newspapers are desperate for content, content, content. So anyone’s droll existence suddenly becomes material to fill up pages.

  • She’ll fit in perfectly in the “new” Brooklyn – here 5mins and is already having “concerns” about gentrification – while snacking on sushi and wine, in an apartment decorated from suburban Ikea, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Home Depot, Target and Lowe’s. And loving to tout her liberalism and love of diversity while at the same time revealing her true self by identifying everyone 1st by their race/ethnicity and seeing everything as a racial/class conflict.

    Come on in you’ll fit right in…..

  • “one woman’s quest to identify herself via her new borough” – Oh c’mon already. Self_identity by boro or neighborhood you live in? How New York mag. and NYTimes real estate section can you get.
    Get a life.

  • I am usually not a hater. But this is boring. Mostly because the writer is “discovering” something that is already found. A white girl looking to be accepted in Brooklyn, especially where she is in Brooklyn, is not new. In fact, it’s a very old school concept and where she’s living is pretty well gentrified at this point. I guess this would read ok if this was just her personal blog, but that it’s actually in a newspaper that is supposed to be delivering, well, news shows that we are really at a loss for content. One night at Soda and she will find that she is hardly exploring a new frontier.

  • 10:09, 10:15, 10:22, 10:26, 10:29, 10:30: Pretentious, boring douchebags. Get a life. seriously.

  • Actually, 10:34, that pretty much sums up the “reporting” and the “reporter”. Is that you?

  • that video made me puke in my mouth. love those “japanimation” tats you got 10 years ago. so old skool. please go back to hell’s kitchen and stop acting like you know something about brooklyn or even japanese culture for that matter. you’re obviously desperate for attention and have father issues…

  • 26 years old? And somehow qualified to pass cliched judgment on pretty much every demographic in Brooklyn, and Manhattan, for that matter.

  • ‘the shwag’ – I love it!

  • By responding and commenting, you are only proving what a good reporter she is. It’s all about hits these days.

    If you hate it, don’t comment.

  • 10:34 is either the reporter or reporter’s chivalrous wacky gay neighbor.

  • I used to define myself by my borough, but I soon realized it made much more sense to define myself by my Community Board.

  • Oh the hypocrisy! She hates on the Burg “hups” but she IS a hup! An incredibly self-conscious and narcissistic one at that.

  • prospect heights is perfect? lived there, and it is not so much.

  • I’m not going to read the damn article, I got all I needed from the above description. What a load of horseshit.

    Anyway, I’m glad for this thread because it offers an opportunity for us to come together and snark on HER instead of on each other. Mini bagels with vegetable cream cheese, anyone?

  • Watched the video clip of Nicole. Just one thing I didn’t understand: every word out of her mouth!

  • I work in media and if someone pitched this idea to me, I’d think “good concept”. I’d go for it. I know you all think everyone in Manhattan has already moved to Brooklyn but there is still definitely a breed of Manhattanite who really have not thought about moving to Brooklyn until very recently. And yeah, I guess you can make fun of them if you think that’s entertaining. Me, that’s what I find boring.

    As for neighborhood bashing, Prospect Heights is on the rise for renters and buyers who can’t afford Park Slope and Ft. Greene which are plenty and growing. It has good transportation and IMO one of the best restaurants in the PS/PH area, Flatbush Farm and more amenities coming.

    Typical snarky for the sake of being snarky, around here. No real thoughts or opinions to share.

  • Me again at 11:19. Because it’s so utterly predictable to accuse me of being the writer or knowing her, nope! Not true. I’m just getting sick of the idiots around here ruining what once was a blog that actually had decent information and debate.

  • The column manages to be both narcissistic and poorly written. She used the word “amenities” five times in one of them. Embarrassing that the Observer has sunk so low. Their good writers keep getting poached.

  • flatbush farm is in park slope.

  • “Typical snarky for the sake of being snarky, around here. No real thoughts or opinions to share.”

    While I agree that there are many occassions on Brownstoner to be snarky for the sake of snarkey, I absolutely do not believe this is one of them.

    The article was not only poorly written, but written by someone who doesn’t seem to know her ass from her elbow. It’s sad that anyone who actually lives, or knows anything about Brooklyn would find any of this person’s comments interesting at all.

    It was quite amateurish and your defense of it reminds me of the way the majority of Americans are able to settle for mediocrity.

    Or better yet…you will be one of those parents who tells their kid they are a winner and give them a trophy when they come in dead last, instead of telling them to try harder next time.

    Not helpful at all.

  • No, not really, 11:19. These Observer columns on Brooklyn are hackneyed and incredibly annoying. The snark and arrogant judgment come from the reporter, not the commenters. These pieces are more about the reporter and her self-love and prejudices than about Brooklyn–that’s the main problem. And FYI, I live in Manhattan and I still find these articles obnoxious.

  • “Typical snarky for the sake of being snarky, around here. No real thoughts or opinions to share.”

    Perfect description of the NY Observer articles.

  • True that every “character” in her columns is described by race/ethnicity first. Lame.

  • 11:19: not snarky for snarky sake. Things don’t just begin because a white 26er learned it exists and decided to give it a vote of authenticity. Before she moved, she should have done her research. She should have got on the train. She should have talked to friends. She should have talked to some locals. She should have done some googling. Writing about color, making assumptions about what’s going on because of color is just lame. Poor journalism. Not newspaper worthy. She didn’t interview those girls to ask them what they thought. She didn’t ask the guys from the bodega their thoughts. To assume that you know? That’s just lazy. And it just reinforces stereotypes. There’s just nothing new here. Nothing fresh. This column has been written 100 times already.

  • I was commenting on the concept of the article. Not the execution. Why? Because the concept is what was being insulted. So was the neighborhood of Prospect Heights in general. Way general. Therefore, that’s what I commented on.

    As for this gem from 11:28:
    “Or better yet…you will be one of those parents who tells their kid they are a winner and give them a trophy when they come in dead last, instead of telling them to try harder next time.”

    Wow. Judgemental and superior much? Here, I’ll try assuming too much from a blog post, now: You’re a Park Slope mommy with a boring life whose only measure of people’s worth is their parenting skills.

    How’d I do?

  • ” Wow. Judgemental and superior much? Here, I’ll try assuming too much from a blog post, now: You’re a Park Slope mommy with a boring life whose only measure of people’s worth is their parenting skills.

    How’d I do? ”

    Pretty poorly. I’m a single gay male.

    Don’t quit your day job.

    You tie for worst journalist of the day.

  • But I give you an “A” for effort!!

  • Lets focus on how stupid this girl is and not each other!!

    i’m glad she couldn’t afford the ‘burg. stay the hell away from me.

  • This column is why I don’t like Brooklyn anymore. I’ve moved out the of borough and won’t be back. Please, go ahead with your “great, we don’t want you anyway” comments. But you know what I’m talking about. This annoying and cloying twit is what you hate too about the place too. It was fun while it lasted, but Brooklyn is over. Time to move on.

  • I don’t want to live anywhere BUT Brooklyn, 11:52.

    Everyone can’t make it here. To be perfectly honest, the fact that someone who makes a comment like “this column is why i don’t like Brooklyn anymore” makes me so happy you are no longer here.

    I think it’s a better place now. We need to get rid of the riff raff.

    And no, I have no idea what you are talking about.

    I love Brooklyn. You don’t, so glad you left.

  • “I was commenting on the concept of the article. Not the execution. ”

    It doesn’t matter–they are BOTH horrible.

  • 11:37 – you really have terrible reasoning skills – obviously the “trophy for last place” was a smack AT park slope mothers (stereotype)

    and I know that we are supposed to be focused on the reporter but I must comment that I find it amusing (in a sad sort of way) that a gay man would criticize an (hypothetical) mother for trying to reinforce the self-esteem of a child who is ‘last’ (and most likely somewhat ostracized).
    “Try harder next time [pu$$y]!!”

  • 11:55. More evidence that Brooklyn is over and why it is time to get out.

  • 11:52′s comment makes no sense. I read it three times and still don’t understand it.

    ANYWAY, the problem with these types of articles is the the writer/reporter. This woman IS herself a stereotype, yet she does nothing but fill her column with lazy, cliched descriptions of what she sees in Brooklyn. She has ZERO power of observation and no ability to parlay what little she does see into a meaningful narrative.

  • People, FOCUS!!! Don’t turn on each other. This is the first time I feel the strong need to defend Burg “hupsters,” Slope moms, unsafe Bed-Stuy, and all the other stereotypes she disses. FOCUS!!!

  • and I know that we are supposed to be focused on the reporter but I must comment that I find it amusing (in a sad sort of way) that a gay man would criticize an (hypothetical) mother for trying to reinforce the self-esteem of a child who is ‘last’ (and most likely somewhat ostracized).
    “Try harder next time [pu$$y]!!”

    Why would you assume because someone is gay, they would come in last or be called a pussy? I don’t understand that. Never been called a pussy in my life. The guys on the college football team didn’t even know I was gay.

    You sound like a bit of a bigot.

  • And pass the mini bagels… any scallion cream cheese?

  • five years from now there will be no price differentiation between Prospect Heights and Park Slope.

  • 5 years, demographically speaking, there will be no difference between Park Slope and Williamsburg.

  • The only way that will happen, 12:12 is if the parents in Prospect Heights do something about the schools and clean up some of the petty crime (and more than occasionally…more severe than petty) that is still quite prevalent in PH.

  • I’m in the media also, and the writing isn’t that bad. Not exemplary, but not bad, either. I’ve seen far worse. To me, she looks, sounds and behaves and like many Brooklyn gentrifers (and Brownstone posters). She seems to share the same observations and perspective. The surprise is that she’s from Manhattan, and not someplace in the Midwest. But then again, the majority of Manhattanites seem to know very little about Brooklyn.

  • “This column is why I don’t like Brooklyn anymore. I’ve moved out the of borough and won’t be back.”

    Great, we don’t want you, anyway!

  • “5 years, demographically speaking, there will be no difference between Park Slope and Williamsburg.”

    Try 5 days from now.

    If you look at the Census data, Williamsburg…or parts of it anyway, now has more married folks with children than in Park Slope.

    Park Slope is known for a vocal legion of parents, but they actually only make up 25-30% of the neighborhood.

    It is a misnomer that everyone who lives in Park Slope is a parent.

    It’s one of those things that have been spun by the “media” and all the lemmings just believe whatever they read.

  • 12:06 you confuse cultural insensitivity with bigotry. case in point, to say that “gays are inherently disordered” is insensitive but not incorrect as homospaines are ordered to reproduce through the male/female union is insensitive but not bigoted

  • “The guys on the college football team didn’t even know I was gay.”

    Oh yeah? I KNEW you were gay!! I’m STILL pissed that you couldnt’ come out and tell everyong what was pretty clear to some of us. You’re a coward!

  • “five years from now there will be no price differentiation between Prospect Heights and Park Slope.”

    There’s a difference?

  • “This column is why I don’t like Brooklyn anymore. I’ve moved out the of borough and won’t be back.”

    Then why do you read Brownstoner.

    Miss something?

  • “Oh yeah? I KNEW you were gay!! I’m STILL pissed that you couldnt’ come out and tell everyong what was pretty clear to some of us. You’re a coward!”

    Well your girlfriend sure didn’t know when I was banging her out by the bleachers.

    Girls are so dumb. Even now I get hit on ALL the time.

    Sorry my coming out a little late was such a burden on you.

  • 12:24….

    LOLOLOL.

    GOOD POINT!

    best post of the day!

  • 12:06 – I don’t assume someone who is gay comes in last or has been called a pu$$y.

    I would like to hope (but know it is foolish) that a member of an unfairly discriminated and often ostracized group (even if you never personally experienced it) would have some sympathy for a child likely in a similar situation.

    BTW – I am glad that you have apparently never felt like or were treated like a loser or an outsider but please consider that if the guys on the college football team KNEW you were gay – it is very likely they would have called you pu$$y

  • so abunch of guidos are angry and leaving brooklyn?

    who cares

  • “any cannolis left?”

    No, those are only available on the Carroll Gardens threads. Sorry.

  • “Sorry my coming out a little late was such a burden on you.”

    You know, I forgive you, but you should have done it MUCH sooner. Girls may hit on you even now, but when they find out you don’t swing that way, they will leave you alone. So don’t sweat it. Also that wasn’t MY girl you were banging, because I’ve never attached myself to one woman exclusively. Let this be a lesson to you.

  • My point in all of this was not to have a conversation about being gay or the things associated with it.

    The point is…if we hope to raise kids (yes, I would like to have one some day) who have a good sense of self, a good work ethic and positive self esteem, it’s crucial that they not be told that no matter what they do, they are a winner. There is no reason to say they are a loser either, but it is important to stress that by working harder, or studying more, or whatever the case may be, they always have the chance to improve.

    I witness so many kids who throw a temper tantrum and then are told by their mothers that they are the best kids in the whole world and given an ice cream.

    What happened to punishing a kid if he/she acted out?

    Listen…I’m no kid expert…but I am observant and I like to watch people. I’m sure ALL parents aren’t like this, but I do firmly believe that the way we will lift up each generation is to make sure they know that working harder is what gets you places.

    If kids are told that no matter what they do, they are perfect, we will have a whole lot more people like George Bush on our hands who are unable to accept that they are ever wrong.

  • These series of articles suck. Nicole acts as if the non-whites that she comes in contact with are animals in an African Safari.

    ‘There was also the bodega full of middle-aged Hispanic men whose conversation abruptly ended upon my entrance; and the disheveled African-American man who inquired with me about potential odd jobs after assuming that I was the new owner of my building.’

    Nicole you are a terrible reporter. How can the Observer even allow you to write such racially insensitive and inaccurate dog$h!t? Are Manhattanites really that isolated from the rest of NYC.

    ‘(Boreum Hill) But though it’s a nice, and, at times, pricey neighborhood, she added, “One block in the wrong direction and it gets a little scary.” That one block takes you to the housing projects that are smack-dab in the middle of Boreum Hill, Carroll Gardens and Park Slope.’

    Black and hispanic people are so scary and vicious aren’t they? They can be so savage.

  • 12:41 is right!

    Now, let’s get back to the nitwit reporter.

  • Wow, 12:42. I had not even read all the articles. They just get worse and worse. She’s like an anthropologist in Brooklyn.

    The NY Observer, much like the Times, is a piece of shit. They fill up too many pages with these ridiculous pieces written by 20-something poseurs that possess NO substance or talent. She probably got rejected by Gawker and was picked up by the Observer.

  • the threads on this blog are leading me to believe that whether in brooklyn or houston, “home = castle” types are often the meanest people around.

  • Nope, the “meanest” people around are on Gawker. This pales in comparison. Small potatoes.

  • 12:51
    Her articles are lazy, insensitive and ignorant. She gives reporters a bad name.

  • projects are normaly not a good place for a white person

  • “My point in all of this was not to have a conversation about being gay or the things associated with it.”

    “The point is…”

    that even though you have no kids, and are no expert on kids and despite being in a position where you should be a little less judgemental and a little more sympathetic – you can’t help but take a shot at the park slope mom stereotype.

    BTW – try to put a little more thought into your premises – do you really think that G.W.Bush was raised in the manner you suggest and do you really think that’s how simple things are (i.e. tell a kid he/she is wonderful and then they immediatly become arrogant and intellectually lazy)? – I mean a good % of this country probably figures your gay b/c YOUR Mom and Dad coddled you.

    I know this seems off-topic but in reality I can’t figure out how people (like you and the author here) can be so intellectually hypocritical and not even see it!

  • 12:59, I don’t even want to respond to you because you are so defensive, but I will briefly.

    I live in Park Slope (own actually) and love it. I love the moms, love the dads and love the kids. Love the cute boys the most. Don’t want to live anywhere else, in fact.

    I’m allowed to have observations that differ from yours.

    Clearly something about my post hit home, or you wouldn’t have gotten so defensive.

    This is an anonymous blog about real estate. Of course things aren’t as simple as they are stated in these posts. There’s no reason to be….most people…like you it would seem aren’t even able to see through their own low self esteem for me to really spend too much more time on this.

    Your mom and dad coddling comment leads me to believe you aren’t too bright.

  • I am in newly arrived transplant to Prospect Heights and I am in contract at Richard Meier’s On Prospect Park. It is lovely and provides sweeping views on GAP and Propect Park. I must say that the Observer’s blog is correct that there is a degree of racial tension. I am right next to St. John’s Place (or Crazy Lane as it is known on the Prospect Heights message board) and I didnt know of it’s infamous status until recently. I feel some resentment-and underlying tension in the neighborhood and there are some disgruntled people of color there. That being said, I know that there are some really nice African American folks there too. I look forward to becoming a member of the community, summer nights under the stars at Prospect Park and riveting exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum.

  • God…congrats 1:18!!! I’m so jealous. That building is looking BEAUTIFUL!!! When do move-ins start? Still looks a little ways away….

    You will enjoy the neighborhood, but probably spend most of your time in the park when it’s nice or Park Slope, anyway.

    No real need to go north of you, although there are a couple nice places on Vanderbilt.

  • Yes something did hit home – I once was the kid that usually finished ‘last’ and was ostricised and my Parents made sure to tell me I lost and finished last (as you suggested) and it made me feel like shit and to have a low self-esteem.

    FYI – what I did to compensate was to workout like crazy and then go around and find closeted judgmental gay men to beat the shit out of – it did wonders to boost my self confidence.

  • I’m back to let you all know again, I’ve left Brooklyn and am never coming back! It’s an uptight place. Park Slope is uptight. The posts on this site offer ample evidence of it. Brooklyn was once a refuge from uptight Manhattan, but in some ways it’s more uptight now, perhaps because people are still fighting about establishing the basic pecking order. Whatever the reason, it’s a snarky, uptight, unpleasant scene. If you guys were all so cool and laid back and authentic, you wouldn’t be snarking your brains out on this website all day long. But the one thing you can all agree on is that the latest wave of Manhattan people that have emigrated to Brooklyn are know-nothing and lame. (And that’s true.) But what else is true is that you have become intolerable as well. And so that’s why it’s time to say goodbye.

  • Good news, everyone! I dashed over to one of the CG threads and stole two dozen fresh cannolis! Plus, I got my tattoo artist friend to offer complimentary Anime Tattoos!

  • Every blog on the internet has snarky comments like this, 1:30. It has nothing to do with how people behave in real life.

    NOTHING.

    Are you 80 or just plain stupid?

  • “If you guys were all so cool and laid back and authentic, you wouldn’t be snarking your brains out on this website all day long.”

    And YOU read brownstoner because….???

  • Please, enough PH bashing. Fort Greene is the wild west compared to PH. We have always been something of a satellite to PS but PH is much better and safer than FG.

  • I brought a thermos of cocktails from that PH thread from yesterday!

  • No it’s not, 1:39.

    That’s absurd.

    Pull out some stats, if you really believe that.

  • I found the article entertaining. I chuckled a few times and could see the scenarios being played out. I was born and bred in brooklyn (40 years), 5 nabes to my belt. no big deal, every article does not have to be informative news. could be meant to be plain silly (to entertain!) keep writing. I will read it.

  • I didn’t like the “writing” but I loved her sexy outfit! And the “I’m 26 but kinda look 36″ look.

  • The articles suck and the reporter is bad.

    The snarky comments on this site are infinitely more interesting – even without the What.

    Where is the Crazy Man Lady?

  • The crazy man lady is home drawing his wife a bath, while fanning her with fig leaves.

  • Every think that maybe The What = Crazy Man Lady?

  • C-M-L posted at 10:26; 12:32; 12:59 & 1:22

    how much more can I post – 2:40 I really don’t get it?

    C-M-L

  • 1:22 I don’t close until sometime in Fall ’08 but I am extremely excited. My bonus is a little down this year but I still have plenty for my downpayment. I feel that Prospect Heights is a neighboorhood of evolution that is just waiting to be discovered by the newly upwardly mobile. I feel like in some ways I am in the vanguard but that’s the way I roll.

  • Fort Greene is almost perfect. Only problem is that it’s a little too pricey but besides that it’s an amazing neighborhood.

    Prospect heights will be gentrified just like park slope in a few years with all the strollers. Crown heights will follow a few years after that. And if AY is built brooklyn will be finished.

    This girl seems really obnoxious. She is no different from any other gentrifier.

  • Ft. Greene is nice if you like white people who act like they’re black.

  • 4:55 = white person who acts like they’re black.

  • 4:42, if you don’t see strollers in FG… well, I’m guessing you’re Fort Greene’s famous “Blind Billy The Guy Who Doesn’t Realize That Fort Greene is Really White and Gentrified Now.”

  • very interesting new data:

    Over the past year, condo inventory levels have exceeded co-op levels as new developments (nearly all condo) continue to enter the housing stock at a steady clip. Residential development permits dropped sharply in 2007 and the expiration of the 421a abatement program on June 30th may choke off the high level of supply entering the market in 2009. So far, the elevated level of demand has kept inventory at modest to low levels.

    The total number of listings has increased 9.9% from the end of December 2007 to the End of January 2008 (yesterday). Inventory tends to rise at the beginning of the year as sellers anticipate the upcoming spring market. The same period in four of the past five years has seen an increase in the number of listings:

    1 Month Change (Dec-Jan)
    2003, +2.3%
    2004, -10.8%
    2005, +16.9%
    2006, +4.2%
    2007, +9.9%

    Clearly condo inventory is higher than it was two years ago, but co-ops are near the six-year monthly low since I began to capture this data. In fact, co-ops are 39.9% below their high in March 2003 (Just as the Iraq War broke out) and condos are 23.5% below their recent high in September 2006. Currently, overall inventory is consistent with levels seen in 2002/2003, which is contrarian to the increase seen in many metro area markets around the country at this time.

  • 5:18 – stop posting your shit on EVERY article on this site.

  • 3:10 Are you one of those Hupsters we’ve been hearing so much about lately?

  • I like how 3:10 rolls, too. I believe its on a scooter.

  • All those people who live in Fort Greene and hail it as a bastion of diversity, and “real” and non-yuppified, etc., are DELUDED. Ft. Greene IS the new Park Slope. It’s as or more expensive, and has as many or more strollers and SAHMs. Only difference is that it has less amenities!

  • and more white people who act like they’re black, don’t forget.

    the people in ft. greene are odd.

  • Look, the more bad press Park Slope gets, the less demand for its housing, the lower the prices get–the better for me!

  • Actually the opposite seems to be true, 5:51!!!

    Actually no matter what the press is about Park Slope…this whole mommy/stroller shit has been going around for YEARS!!!

    And Park Slope is still one of the top 3 pricest neighborhoods in Brooklyn.

    And only gettin moreso.

    Most people with a brain base a neighborhood on more than just gawker and brownstoner.

    Usually they…you know…go look at the neighborhood where they plan to buy.

    And I know very few people who have been to Park Slope and don’t love it.

    And I say this as someone who does NOT live in Park Slope.

  • 5:59–I believe 5:51 was cannoli in cheek…

  • What is 5:18 blabbering about? He/she has posted the same blurb on every thread. I’m suffering from ADD today and can’t get through it.

  • Speaking of Prospect Heights, has the historic district designation come through yet? Right now, can’t anyone just buy a nice brownstone and demolish it?

  • Anyone with 2 or 3 million bucks. It’s becoming a sport for bankers.

  • I thought squash was the sport for bankers.

  • 4:51- Wrong. I live in ft. greene and I am white and I don’t act black and I have never seen a white person trying to be black. Obviously you know nothing about ft. greene. I bet you would love to live here though if you could.

    5:03,5:43,5:45- Ft. Greene is very diverse and is NOT the new park slope. I love my hood and it’s great when haters like you wish you could live here but ya can’t. ha!

    5:45-complete moron. just don’t foget that you are. I know you won’t. :)

  • 6:59 = Guy who shouldn’t quit his day job to become a debater.

  • I thought you’d NEVER ask, 8:08. Extra blue cheese, please!

  • I prefer a really cold lager with wings – Thank You though.

  • Ice cold. And keep those wings coming!

  • another bucket of wings is on its way, along with some jalapeno poppers and potato skins…

  • you people really need to stop using the word snarky so much. quite annoying.

  • 11:52, you’re a fucktard.

  • I really enjoy Brownstoner, but you may want to consider doing away with the comments section since it seems the majority of folks commenting are idiots with too much time on their hands. Review the above comments for evidence of this.

  • People on here are either snarky or schoolmarmish, like 1:16.

  • copyright that sheeit, 2:13!

  • Snarkmarm will be the name of the best selling cocktail at that new, tile-ceilinged yupscale cocktail bar on Vandy.