I grew up in Queens, but I was always taught that “The City” was where it’s at. “The City” being, of course, Manhattan. At an early age I was taught that Manhattan had everything, that everything was better in Manhattan. Manhattan had most of my relatives, Lincoln Center, museums, our temple and the best shopping. Mom refused to shop at Macy’s in Queens because the selection was so much better at the Macy’s in Manhattan. Dad worked in Manhattan. Manhattan was where it was at. The E and the F trains were 2 blocks from our house and Mom taught me the how to navigate the subway at an early age. And then in my teens, the subway was my ticket anywhere: ice skating at Wollman rink, Chinatown, movie houses that played obscure, foreign and old movies (the Marx Brothers being my favorite). And I lost my virginity to a nice Jewish boy on the Upper West Side.
So, now I find myself doing all this schlepping out to Brooklyn? The Annie Leibovitz and Ron Mueck shows at the Brooklyn Museum, great restaurants like Thomas Beisl and Tom’s Diner, the new Submit party, shopping at Target. There is no Target in Manhattan – despite the big ads in Times Square. And, and, as if there weren’t enough, I have a fuckbuddy in Brooklyn, too.
Maybe Thor is right when he says, “Brooklyn is the new Manhattan.”