According to yesterday’s Times, we are among the very few people who do not have a highly charged opinion on the Brooklyn neighborhood Park Slope. Writer (and resident) Lynn Harris explained in “Sunday Styles” that you either love the neighborhood or you really, really hate it. If you are part of the first group, you enjoy the place for its safety, proximity to the park, and family-friendly vibe. If you hate it, it’s because you don’t like mothers and you are an envious hippie. Below, some residents explain away all the haters:
• “They’re jealous because they can’t live here.” —Josh Grinker, the chef and an owner of Stone Park Café
• “There is all this class resentment in New York, and it’s very tied up in real estate. People who are well-housed are the envy of others.” —John Mollenkopf, director of the Center for Urban Research at the City University Graduate Center.
• “Hipsters and people who don’t have kids are terrified of becoming grown-ups and parents, which is what Park Slope has come to represent. So you lash out against that as if it’s the worst thing in the world, when in five years, you know what? It’s going to be you.” —Jeff Sandgrund, 30, a lifelong Park Sloper
After reading those remarks, we immediately went over to Curbed and Brownstoner to see what the irate commenter responses would be. We expected hilarious and cruel fireworks. But it turns out everyone else doesn’t care about Park Slope. We aren’t the only ones. Dissing the Slope is apparently so yesterday. Like, Carroll Gardens yesterday.
What a disappointment! Doesn’t anybody want to hate on the stroller mafia? Or defend it? If so, please feel free to use our comments section. We’re lacking an opinion on something and it’s not going to form itself.