Damn, we own the New York Times, yo! First, all of you remember my article on Harry Potter and Hogwarts Headaches, right? RIGHT?!?!?
Anyway, we had my brother Steve quoted in an article two days ago, Tessa's brother-in-law's book was featured yesterday (pan down to Prince Edward, his new - and best - book) and now Sean and his company's musical "Fleet Week" was mentioned today. Never mind that Dennis' novel should have gotten a full-page review last year, and the article that mentions Sean's musical is a little dopey: at least it means we're all here on the paper of record.
off Union Street in Park Slope
Speaking of New York, an old, great friend of mine is moving to Brooklyn in the fall and wanted to know where to live, as long as it was near the park. By "Park," of course she means "Prospect Park," which I would put up there with Regents and Hyde Park in London in terms of sheer awesomeness. When you are in the middle of Prospect Park, you not only forget you're in a city, you might think you've died and gone to 19th-century Leicestershire.
My Brooklyn advice is this: Brooklyn Heights downtown can be very charming, but there is no greenery. Williamsburg closest resembles Chapel Hill and other college towns, but it has out-hipped itself so badly that a shithole apartment costs 5.8 billion dollars. There are other beautiful neighborhoods (Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Fort Green) but if you jones for the park, then you have three options.
Prospect Heights - it's still mid-gentrification in some areas, but you can get reasonable rents. Just make sure you live damn close to Grand Army Plaza (gateway to the park) or else it will seem WAY too far away for a quick jaunt. Rents are still okay because the school district apparently sucks, but if you don't have kids, you won't have to worry about it. Trains: Q, 2&3, 4 (kinda)
Windsor Terrace - I know I'm late to this party, but this will be the Next Big Thing in Brooklyn. It's right on the park, not far from a great moviehouse, and with a little luck, still very affordable. You might be able to get a nice little apartment there in the $1200 range for yourself. It's too bad it's not the Big Thing now, because the stores are kind of sucky and there isn't much street life and personality. Yet. Trains: only the F, which blows.
Park Slope - I really don't think there's a comparison. Yeah, it can be prohibitively expensive, but there's always a chance you could luck into something gorgeous for cheap - we know several people who did. 5th Avenue has hip restaurants, 7th Avenue has every basic need covered (and looks like northern London) and the streets therein are so pretty it could make you bust out in tears. If you really spent a month looking, YOU WILL FIND SOMETHING AND IT IS WORTH IT. Some grandma on Garfield Place will take a shine to you and rent her attic apartment for a song. Trains: Q, 2&3, 4, F
Tessa, me and the family eunuch, Prospect Pk. 2002
So come on down and get a place in our hood! We got cheesecake waitin'!