Friday, June 25, 2010

Paper of Record for this Jew

A few days I bemoaned the fact that the New York Times (and also the Daily News) seem to jump on any story about Jews- no matter how trivial or ridiculous or both. Well, I take that back, New York Times because today (and on Sunday in print) I have gotten my first official clip from the venerable Grey Lady called, "Will the Real Brooklyn Please Stand Up?" It can be found online here and will be printed in the Sunday paper in the Metropolitan section.


Yes, I've renamed the borough Fakelyn. And yes, I know I will be kicked out of every monosyllabic shop from Cloth to Whisk. And yes, I know I've probably offended a few of my own, dear personal friends.

But it was worth it!

11 comments:

Shawn Chittle said...

That article was so on the money I want to have it tattooed. Congrats Dvora.

Shawn
Lower East Side

Dvora Meyers said...

Hi Shawn- As per an earlier post about wanting a tattoo but not being sure what to inscribe on my body, do you suggest this piece? And thanks for the positive feedback! The annoyance at the Brooklyn evangelists had been building for awhile.

Andrew said...

Hey Devora

I also went to Midwood but graduated in 99

Andrew said...

Hey Devora

I'm also a graduate of Midwood (though 99), I doubt in a school of thousands you remember or that I'd remember you. I did stand out seeing that I had shoulder length hair, wore Slayer T-shirts daily but otherwise was a typical short Jewish nerd.

Since the 2000's I've been getting more and more down on the 718. I'm about to move to Crown Heights and it seems solidly in between - not too hipster and not too dangerous. I think what gets me most of all is the reckless attitude of privilege worn literally by the hipsters. I wonder if growing up with a little bit of fear for your life doesn't do the soul some good.

oh I also blog about theology and Judaism - AJGita.com

thanks for disseminating the truth in the paper of record.

Dvora Meyers said...

@Andrew Thanks for the feedback but I didn't go to Midwood- I went to an all girls yeshiva not far from it though, hence my taking the bus from Canarsie into the area.

creative said...

Hi Dvora
loved your article. it mocks all of us fakelynites equally! the hipsters, the yuppies, the "struggling" artists...
i came to nyc from Israel 25 years ago, straight to Alphabet city- pretty gritty at the time. Nothing today compares to that experience- we were all starving artists living in tenement apartments, among shooting galleries and boarded up buildings, and barely getting by- it was awesome! Not exactly same as the Brooklyn hipsters today sipping on their $5 frapuccinos while complaining about their disappearing neighborhood, but i would still not want to live in any borough other then Brooklyn these days.
Don't worry about offending anyone- you just made us all look at the mirror, and chuckle!
Thanks!

Dvora Meyers said...

@creative Thanks for your comments! And I live in Clinton Hill- not exactly roughing it, am I? I was just getting a little tired with the attitude I was seeing all around me- the superiority complex about choosing to live in certain areas of Brooklyn. I was just talking to a friend today who also grew up in BK (Crown Heights) and we still find it hilarious that the borough is now considered "cool."

CJM said...

Wow, you really come off as a whiny, self-absorbed, narcissistic and insecure person. The history of Brooklyn and New York City is the story of rapid change and transformation as new immigrants take the place of old ones. You are part of the problem, not the solution. Grow up a bit, will you.

Dvora Meyers said...

Well anyone who keeps a blog is at least a little bit self-absorbed so guilty as charged.

CJM said...

I apologise for the vitriol. I assume you were paid to make an argument and would hope you are not as condescending as the article you wrote.

Dvora Meyers said...

It's ok. The point was to provoke and have a bit of fun. I'm not particularly troubled by the negative reaction cause I've received a lot of positive, too. Can't have one without the other. I mean, I suppose you can but where's the fun in that?