What’s impressive about Brooklyn’s 11% job growth from 2000-2010 is that it happened despite a stock and real estate bubble explosion, and while Manhattan’s job creation simultaneously slowed by 4%. But as this author pointedly asks, “can an economy of 2.5 million people run on iPhone apps and artisanal pickles?”
If I hear the word “artisanal” one more time, I’m moving to Queens.
From the article:
But were you to describe the “New” Brooklyn Economy (as we’ve decided to call it), a few themes would emerge: it’s entrepreneurial and improvisational. It’s obsessive and passion-driven. It’s tech savvy but ploddingly (some might say annoyingly) deliberate. It values quality over efficiency and productive surprises over standardization. It’s the realm of autodidacts, fanatics, mad scientists, and geeks; a world of vintage coffee roasters, hand-made bicycle frames, and nine-dollar chocolate bars.