Ten things I’ve learned from living in Brooklyn

  1. The place Mos Def, Jay Z, Biggie, and ODB grew up is different than the BedStuy of today. For instance: more white people.
  2. Gentrification greatly changes the culture of a neighbourhood. It can be good (reducing violent crime), and it can be bad (displacing long-time residents).
  3. Block parties are real, and they are amazing.
  4. There are places where you know and wave to your neighbours. They exist in Brooklyn. Not so much in Toronto.
  5. Want to know what reggae song is popular this summer? Walk along Flatbush. Hang out at the Fulton mall. Shit, just walk around anywhere.
  6. “But you’re my friend!” (slap) “I’m not your friend, I’m your baby mama!
  7. BedStuy needs more barbershops like “Don’t Fear the Reaper” needs more cowbell.
  8. Williamsburg bla bla bla. Cheap beer, novelty bars.
  9. By the time I was able to live in Brooklyn, living in Brooklyn was no longer a cool thing. It’s just cheaper than living other places. And actually, most of Brooklyn ain’t that cheap anymore.
  10. Queens is the new Brooklyn? Or something. But if you ask me, it’s all about the Bronx.

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