It has become apparent that the New York Times has developed an obsession with publishing stories about the “up and coming” Borough that is Queens, often writing about how hordes of young people are flocking to Queens because of the rising costs of other neighborhoods in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
A recent piece, released last week, titled “Affordable and Reliable, Queens Real Estate Ascends” cited residents who have moved to Queens from other Boroughs.
Their stories often feature people like Corey Anker, who is quoted in the story as saying he never thought he would move to Queens prior to settling in Forest Hills.
“To me, it was an old person’s borough,” he says in that story.
This is just one of several NYT stories highlighting Queens’ emerging “coolness.” They even dubbed Ridgewood “Quooklyn” in a restaurant review because of what they say is its likeness to Bushwick, the neighborhood in Brooklyn that is adjacent to Ridgewood.
After reading (and laughing at) all of these trend stories, we feel the need to sit down and have a talk: No, Queens is not the new Brooklyn. It is not the new anything. Queens stands on its own and that is a-okay.
So it’s not necessary to constantly compare it to the neighboring Borough.
There’s no need to declare it the new epitome of cool or compare it to Williamsburg/Bushwick in any way, shape or form.
Queens is its own entity and that should be okay. We can sit down and talk it through if you need more help.