New York Times Begs Its Writers to Stop Comparing Everything to Brooklyn

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FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2013 file photo, a couple with a baby stroller cross the street in the Park Slope neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New  York. The rise in popularity of Brooklyn as a name for girls parallels the borough’s renaissance through the gentrification of neighborhoods, an influx of tech firms, the construction of the Barclays Center as an entertainment hub and the relocation and rebranding of the New Jersey Nets basketball team. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, FILE)
(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, FILE)Photo: Mark Lennihan/AP/Corbis

New York Times Standards editor Philip B. Corbett has finally called out the paper of record’s staff on its most irritating tic: comparing every single location in the world to Brooklyn. “We now seem to be using Brooklyn as the measuring stick or point of comparison for everywhere,” he writes. “What’s next? Describing Manaus as the Williamsburg of the Amazon? Katmandu as the Cobble Hill of Nepal?” Sounds like somebody is being the Williamsburg of the New York Times.