‘I Hate Brooklyn’ Author Repents (a Little Bit)

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 19:  The Brooklyn Bridge is viewed from the shore at a park October 19, 2009 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. A new report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECP) finds that rising sea levels due to global warming threatens some of the world’s major cities. According to the report, seas are rising twice as fast as recently projected threatening such sea level cities as New York, Miami, London, Tokyo, Mumbai and Amsterdam. World leaders are scheduled to meet in Copenhagen, Denmark in December for the UN-sponsored climate-change conference where issues such as rising sea levels are to be discussed.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Photo: Spencer Platt/2009 Getty Images

Jonathan Van Meter, who in 2005 wrote the deeply personal New York screed "I Hate Brooklyn" in which he compared the b-side borough unfavorably to Philly and Jersey, is no longer as spiteful as he once was, despite the booming artisinal pickle scene over the bridge. In a conversation at the Awl, Van Meter admits he "did become susceptible to Brooklyn’s wily charms" in the twenty or so times he’s visited in the seven years since swearing allegiance in print to Manhattan. But most of all, he writes, "What really mellowed my hateful feelings toward Brooklyn is that Manhattan got even suckier." And his semi-sell-out solution? A move from the trendy Noho to the always grimy Avenue B, plus a second house in Woodstock: "The Catskills are my outer borough!" Sounds like someone is softening with age.