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It Is Cheaper to Live in Honolulu Than Brooklyn

A group of musicians play their instruments in a Williamsburg subway station on May 5, 2012 in New York City. Over the past five years, Williamsburg has become a magnet for youthful artists, musicians, chefs, mixologists and fashion designers.
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Spike Lee’s favorite borough now ranks as the second most expensive place to live in the entire United States of America, according to a new report by the Council for Community and Economic Research, as reported by the not-exactly-proud Brooklyn Daily Eagle. The findings compare costs like food, rent, transportation, and utilities, and put Brooklyn ahead of San Francisco, San Jose, and even Honolulu, a.k.a. paradise. “As Brooklynites, we want to be Number 1 in everything,” Chamber of Commerce president Carlo Scissura told the Eagle, “but I don’t think we want to be Number 1 or 2 in this survey.” Top honors, of course, go to Manhattan by a long shot, meaning this guy’s elitist dichotomy (and admittedly, ours) is just totally insane. Not that we weren’t already aware.

Brooklyn Now Second Most Expensive Place to Live