Should Your Personality Type Dictate Your Neighborhood?

Kinda a weird question, I know.

But whatever city you live in — if it’s big enough to have neighborhoods, it’s big enough to have neighborhood stereotypes. If you’re in Boston, Davis Square is funky/crunchy with a side of college students. If you’re in Chicago, Wrigleyville is full of drunk cubs fans, great happy hour specials, and fresh outta college cuties. And, New York. New York is all about the boroughs. We’re talking Queens, Staten Island(ouch), Brooklyn, Bronx, and, of course, Manhattan.

Time Out New York’s cover story this week is actually all about the borough in the format of
Brooklyn Vs. Manhattan.

We have Brooklyn in the far corner, the no-longer underdog, filled with hipsters and baby strollers, inventive culinary wonders, and arguably the most dangerous neighborhood in all of NYC (East New York).

And, the reigning champion . . . Maaaaanhattan, replete with Broadway moves, Sex and The City dream chasers, gossip mean girls, Chelsea pretty boys, and more tourists than Disneyland.

**No doubt, I have just offended half of New York City. Actually, today is my 2-year anniversary in this fair, wicked, incredible city so while not a lifer by any stretch, I do feel like I have a small amount of say-so?

Basically, in the TONY Article, two editors go at it and then there’s a quiz that should illuminate one’s own inner Brooklynite or Manhattanite, as the cookie crumbles. But, just because Williamsburg may be full of hipsters, doesn’t necessarily mean that if you, too, are a hipster– that should be your hood. It just means that you’ll be surrounding yourself with similar minded people should you live there.

Now, we as humans do tend to like to surround ourselves with those of a similar mind — let me reference Boston’s stunned response to the 2004 presidential election(WHO IN OUR COUNTRY VOTED FOR BUSH?!). But, it’s true. However, depending on your personality, similar people aren’t everything. Maybe price is more of an issue for you and you don’t mind travelling for cool events, bars, etc… That said, stereotypes tend to be based off of some truth, so they’re worth considering. In fact, neighborhood stereotypes might actually be a pretty good place to start when considering where to move.

P.S. I’m SO Brooklyn I can’t even stand it. Except, I can… because I love it!

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I've lived in apartments in 6 cities (including 2 foreign countries). Does that make me an expert? As of now, my ceiling isn't leaking and I don't have rodents (knock on wood) -- so I'm going to say yes . . . but ask me again tomorrow:) These days, I'm enjoying life Chicago style, but my years in Brooklyn are never far from my mind. P.S. By day I work at, but these opinions are totally, 100% my own.

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  1. Avatar Rosario

    I’ve lived in New York City my whole life (21 years) and frankly, I have to live where I can afford right now, which is with my mom in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. It’s a nice area but if I wanted to live on my own I’d be out of luck.