Quasi-legal hotel tax dodger AirBnB put together neighborhood guides for people visiting New York. Sure they said they “worked closely” with their community, but that’s still no excuse for Bed-Stuy winding up getting tagged as “unnerving” or Crown Heights being called “rundown.” That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Have you people learned nothing from Vogue?
That description definitely helps you finish a passive-aggressive Crown Heights Bingo card, if you’ve got the right one. Also not to be missed are tags like “rundown” and “insular.”
Not all of the wrong things are bad, per se. Come on though, Williamsburg is “Loved by New Yorkers”? Maybe…liked? Tolerated? Half the people you bump into on the street in Williamsburg now are frogs in Brook Lopez jerseys. People love Williamsburg, but it’s tough to say that New Yorkers do.
Yeah, we get it, “Oooooh, Bed-Stuy, scary scary.” Look at those fucking tags though. “Abandoned lots.” “Chain-link fencing.” “Unnerving.” It’s not offensive so much as it is lazy to say that about Bed-Stuy. You can get unnerved near chain-link fences anywhere in this city, we promise, and there are so many vacant lots in the five boroughs that the government is stepping in to get rid of them.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever described Prospect Heights as “Park Slope’s pretention-less” neighbor
“Unwashed”? Man, fuck you.
We know Ridgewood is just over the border, but it has to be said: whenever anyone says a neighborhood has lots of subway lines, they don’t mean two, which is what Ridgewood has. That’s if you’d even like to count the M train as a full subway line, considering it doesn’t go past Myrtle-Broadway on nights and weekends.