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      • Why is Brooklyn cooler than Manhattan? 


        Midas  • 338
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      Brooklyn has a better mix of commercial and residential real estate, with few giant towers. This creates a more human scale for communities. Businesses can afford to serve smaller quantities of customers thanks to lower rents and a better spread of residential density. The smaller customer bases that they serve enable superior niche targeting, which develops greater customer satisfaction.

      In Manhattan, commercial rents and the broad customer base make it so that if you open a coffee shop, you will probably fail unless you're Starbucks. In Brooklyn, you can run a neat indie coffee shop and employ a cute barista with a nose stud and tattoos and still turn a profit. 

      Brooklyn also tends to be more youthful, at least in certain neighborhoods. Manhattan rents are too expensive for all but the children of the elite or mid-career professionals to live in. Young creative workers can only afford to take career risks if they live in the outer boroughs or in less expensive areas of Manhattan.

      Manhattan could be cooler than Brooklyn one day if the city abolished zoning laws, allowing currently useless commercial real estate to be re-developed, increasing the supply of residential real estate.

      Brooklyn has a slower pace of life than Manhattan. Part of being cool is not giving a fuck. Everyone in Manhattan must focus on making a great deal of money in order to avoid eviction.

      Most of the fashionable areas of Manhattan are pure white, while in contrast, Brooklyn is rather miscegenated - which is cooler. "
      Owen  • 794
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      Manhattan tends to get over-run with tourists and people coming in to party from NJ, CT or other areas. Brooklyn is its own place with its own vibe. That vibe tends to be far more down to earth and ""cooler"" than the one in Manhattan.
      Francisco  • 715
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      That's a funny question. To be as concise as possible, I'd say the answer lies in Where the Cool People Are. Young, creative, independent (i.e., not corporate) types tend to live in Brooklyn and open their creative businesses there - whether that be art, design, restaurants, and so on. If you accept the premise of your question, this is the heart of the answer why is Brooklyn ""cooler"" than Manhattan... "
      Robert  • 309
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      ""Visiting Manhattan is like visiting a really beautiful friend who never stops talking about herself."" "
      Dagny  • 539
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      • the massive amount of tall buildings generate a lot of heat themselves via machinery, computers, HVAC units, etc...
      • the urban heat island effect
      • the huge number of people and cars are generating heat constantly

      ""cooler"" than Manhattan!   :)
      Strider  • 895
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