Brooklyn Is Now Officially Over: The Ascendance of Brooklyn, the Lifestyle, Above All Else

I joked about this piece on Facebook, but it is in fact an excellent analysis about how “Brooklyn” the brand, has surpassed Brooklyn the place. The prognosis is bleak and while I don’t always agree with Kim Velsey’s analysis — I can’t quarrel with her spot on observations: “And the borough’s cafés and bars, rather than serving as public spaces where artists and writers exchange ideas, have become ends unto themselves, temples of consumption where the conversation revolves around the provenance of the product being sold: the brewery, the roaster, the bitters. It is a celebration of consumption for consumption’s sake, consumption as an art, more fitted to the court of Louis XIV than the woodsmen and hillbillies from which Brooklynites take their stylistic cues.”

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