Essentially, they say, Brooklyn is a great place to visit and consume culture, if you can afford it. Same for living here.
Of course, the list is hardly comprehensive. Those interviewed are predominantly involved in culture, entertainment, and media, within the hipsterish zone of the L's readership. (Two guys from Vice Magazine, two from The Brooklyn Flea/Smorgasburg.)
There's also one ringer, Brooklyn Nets' owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who lives in Moscow.
From Kokies to Nitehawk
"The Williamsburg metamorphosis from junkie to Disney has been fascinating to watch," he says. "The purists may hate it but I’m lucky in that it’s perfectly mirrored my own life. Brooklyn is the American dream."
Chelsea Leyland. a British-born DJ, model, actress and fashion commentator, offers a comment--sincere? winking?--that encompasses the Brooklyn cliche: "It's a place where everyone is making their own chocolate and body scrubs and that itself stands for everything yummy that I love in the world."
Representing today's Brooklyn
Skye Parrott, Photographer, suggests the Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene is "the apex of Brooklyn."
Former Borough President Marty Markowitz claims Brooklyn's "full renaissance" is "similar to the 1950s, Brooklyn reached the zenith and now we’re back to people celebrating all things Brooklyn. People all over the world are fantasizing what life is like in Brooklyn." (For very different reasons than during the era of The Honeymooners.)
Concert promoter Todd P (who lives in Queens), says Brooklyn is now represented by "There's a hole in the ground on Bedford Ave where they’re finally putting in that Whole Foods and the Apple Store. Also every $400/night boutique hotel lobby." He does also mention new spaces opening up.
Then again, Wes Jackson, founder of Brooklyn Bodega and Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival says Brooklyn is "As strong as ever" while--seemingly contradictory--acknowledging "We just need to make sure we maintain its diversity."