Brooklyn vs. Manhattan- what debate?

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Illustration by Jessica Namnum, an undergraduate student in digital animation and computer graphics at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn

Leave it up to Time Out New York to start a battle: today they asked, “Which one is better: Brooklyn or Manhattan?”  I don’t think many Brooklynites will see any debate. As one reader pointed out to them, ” “The best restaurants are in Brooklyn, the best drinks are in Brooklyn, the sun is in Brooklyn, the moon is in Brooklyn.” Just a wee bit over the top – though most of us here agree that Brooklyn wins over Manhattan any time.

To round out the entire issue, Time Out New York has articles from “Best Things to do in Brooklyn”, “Does this person live in Brooklyn or Manhattan”, “Best of the other boroughs”, and Brooklyn and Manhattan by the numbers (this one is the most interesting in my opinion.) Did you know that:

Average sale price for an apartment (all types)
Manhattan: $1.335 million
Brooklyn: $500,000

Average rental price for a one-bedroom
Manhattan: $2,613
Brooklyn: $1,977

Percentage of residents under five years old
Brooklyn: 7.5%
Manhattan: 6%

Number of city parks
Brooklyn: 552
Manhattan: 360

Number of community gardens
Manhattan: 171
Brooklyn: 255

Largest park
Manhattan: Central Park,840 acres
Brooklyn: Marine Park, 798 acres
(New York City’s biggestpark: PelhamBay Park, Bronx; 2,766 acres)

Number of city playgrounds
Brooklyn: 290
Manhattan: 207

Seems like Brooklyn wins out every time!

TONY “pitted” two editors from Brooklyn and Manhattan against eachother- to debate the issue fully.

Some of the opinions they offered up:

  • 10 out of 13 TONY editors still recommend Manhattan as the choice borough for their field.
  • ….contemporary western Brooklyn is influencing not just what is available for showcasing in Manhattan, but also how Manhattan is being curated.
  • …..the mean monthly rental price for a studio in Brooklyn is $300 cheaper than it is in Manhattan (not to mention the cash you’ll save on cheaper groceries and 99¢-store toilet-paper deals).
  • …..Brooklynites spend a total of one hour and 20 minutes, round-trip, on their daily commute. That’s a full 24 minutes longer per day than the average Manhattanite. The scary reality: If you live in Brooklyn, you’re likely to spend 104 more hours commuting to work per year. That’s 4.3 full days lost to living on the wrong side of the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • By choosing Brooklyn, we give ourselves the chance to dig into New York, to connect with what’s going on around us. We can hang out in any of myriad parks with friends—or have them over for dinner inside our actual apartments. We can know our neighbors, both in our buildings and on our blocks so that if we need to, we can make a big stink to clean up, protect or change something about our home.

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