Stop comparing everything to Brooklyn, NYT says

The New York Times

New York Times journalists "now seem to be using Brooklyn as the measuring stick or point of comparison for everywhere," Times Standards Editor Philip B. Corbett writes.

Times stories have likened a Queens neighborhood and Cape Town, South Africa, to Brooklyn recently, and Corbett links to an Atlantic story by Bourree Lam that lists a lot of instances of the crutch.

"[L]et’s think twice the next time we’re tempted to declare someplace the new Red Hook," Corbett writes.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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