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Old 09-23-2011, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Utopia
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I have two friends--one from Brooklyn and one from the Bronx--and both say where they are from with the "what's it to 'ya" tone of voice, which tends to make me not want to ask each of them what the difference is.
What is the difference between people who live in Brooklyn from those who live in the Bronx? Classier? More ethnic? What?
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Old 09-23-2011, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NYC
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Uh, I'm not sure.

I don't think it's much of a difference, besides Brooklyn having a lot more expensive areas as well as more current developments . The hoods are pretty much the same, I don't think one could out-ghetto another. If that makes sense.

Being from Brooklyn, I prefer it of course and I think it's a more diverse borough than The Bronx.

Did I answer your question correctly or are there other things you'd like to compare?
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Old 09-23-2011, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Bronx
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I have two friends--one from Brooklyn and one from the Bronx--and both say where they are from with the "what's it to 'ya" tone of voice, which tends to make me not want to ask each of them what the difference is.
What is the difference between people who live in Brooklyn from those who live in the Bronx? Classier? More ethnic? What?
I tend to say that phrase from time to time until my learned waspy accent sometimes kicks in to reinforce me to stop speaking New York.
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Old 09-23-2011, 08:12 PM
 
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The difference is , Bronx is Puerto Rico and Brooklyn is Irak!!!
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Old 09-23-2011, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Bronx
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I have two friends--one from Brooklyn and one from the Bronx--and both say where they are from with the "what's it to 'ya" tone of voice, which tends to make me not want to ask each of them what the difference is.
What is the difference between people who live in Brooklyn from those who live in the Bronx? Classier? More ethnic? What?
You also have to remember that now there are or is two culturally distinct Brooklyns instead of one Brooklyn, Brooklyn thats West of Prospect parkway is yuppie, gentrified and full of out of towner trustafarians and Brooklyn East and south of Prospect park which is the true real authentic Brooklyn full of AA, WIA, Jews, Italians, Puerto Ricans, Arabs, Chinese, Russians, Mexicans and AA again. Bronx is just Bronx but then again you have the poorer South Bronx and the working class East Bronx even thouogh there are alot of working class folks like myself in the South Bronx. Both Bronx and Brooklyn are notorious for crime. Neither Bronx or Brooklyn is more classier then the other unless your a Yuppie who thinks like that and lives in Riverdale or in Park Slope or a Hipster living in Port Morris or Williamsburg. As for whos my ethnic that title goes to Queens, but Bronx and Brooklyn have ethnic enclaves Bronx is known for Puerto Ricans at the moment and Brooklyn is known for being Black and Jewish. While growing up in these city I have always viewed Bronxites and Brooklynites have much in common with each other.
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:57 PM
 
Location: Glendale NY
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I perfer Brooklyn, more better neighborhoods, and much more diverse.

Although The Bronx had a better quality of life at one point.
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Old 09-24-2011, 12:45 AM
 
Location: Helsinki, Finland
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Even some tourists from Idaho, acknowledge the existence of Brooklyn and would like to explore it a little bit if they have time left.

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Old 09-24-2011, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Bergen County, NJ
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The bad parts of brooklyn are just as bad if not worse than their bronx counterparts and some of the people who rep brooklyn the most do it in celebration of negative reasons, lol.
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Old 09-24-2011, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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The bad parts of brooklyn are just as bad if not worse than their bronx counterparts and some of the people who rep brooklyn the most do it in celebration of negative reasons, lol.
A hood is a hood. The only difference is that Brooklyn hoods are just about completely black, while Bronx hoods tend to be predominantly Hispanic with a decent sized African American population. Bronx hoods are also poorer.
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Old 09-24-2011, 02:03 PM
 
Location: NY,NY
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Brooklyn and The Bronx are like oil and water, they don't mix. It's always been this way.

One reason is that Staten Island aside, which is totally separate and apart, The Bronx and Brooklyn are the two most geographically distant boroughs. Just as a matter of time and distance, residents of the two boroughs rarely mix.

Second is the basic nature of the two boroughs. The north of The Bronx has areas of residentials homes, and in some places is very suburban like, but the south which carries the reputation for the whole of The Bronx, for the great part it is very dense and highly urbanized, with whole neighborhoods of tenaments and apartment buildings. This creates a certain personality and life experience, with large populations having lived their entire lives in such an environment.

Brooklyn on the other hand, while having a couple of highly dense urban neighborhoods which are, generally, old and outlying, most of Brooklyn's neighborhoods are comprised of 'homes', with apatment buildings interspersed or congregated near public transport and commercial thoroughfares. There are few areas, if any, where the apartment buildings outnumber 'homes'. Most areas have roughly a 75/25 (or less) ratio of homes/apts, and a few might be 50/50. The exceptuon w/b the few areas that fell to the 'urban renewal' movement of the 50s/60s/70s, where in some areas, huge sections of poor neighborhoods were torn down and replaced with large public housing complexes.

The basic difference is that Brooklyn and The Bronx developed differently. Brooklyn has its own separate and independant identity as a city. For much of its existence as one of the largest in the country. Even as a borough, it would qualify as the 3rd or 4th largest city in the USA.

The city of Brooklyn developed in parralell to the City of New York, rivaling NYC until they merged, evidenced by Brooklyn's downtown and Brownstone Belt. Also, the outlying areas of Brooklyn (before Brooklyn was consolidated) were well developed and prosperous, such as Flatbush, Bushwhich, and the other Dutch towns.

The Bronx was an outlying area of mostly farmland and remained this way for most of its existence, until the subway was extended to the south bronx area. Afterwhich, The Bronx, unlike Brooklyn, developed with dense neighborhoods of mostly apartment buildings in which the masses of the lower east side expunged upon.

Brooklyn experiened a similar 'explosion' of lower east side population, immediately after the Williamsburg Bridge was completed and the subway was extended into areas like Williamsburg, Brownsville and East New York. These neighborhoods have some similarity to The Bronx, in population, housing, and density. The majority of Brooklyn developed independant of this 'explosion' of the lower east side.

The city of Brooklyn, the five 'Dutch towns', specifically Flatbush, and the then suburban Brownstone Belt, are the soul of the borough of churches. All relatively non-urbanized areas of middle-class 'homes', with the commensurate lifestyle and mentalities. In these areas, the percentage of lifetime apartment dwellers is VERY low, with most residents aspiring to home ownership and the American Dream. Also, most residents own cars.

The Bronx, specifically the south, has a different, more urban development and culture. More lifetime apartment dwellers, lower home ownership, fewer car owners, and imo, a stunted version of the American Dream. This creates a different mentality.

During the 70s and the era of 'urban decline' the two boroughs because of their different natures devolved to different degrees. The South Bronx became epitomized as the supreme example of urban blight, and to this day has the highest poverty level of all urban counties in the USA.

Brooklyn also suffered from urban decline, but the devolvement was limited to the few most dense urbanized areas, most like The Bronx, as well as its downtown. Vast stretches of decay were found in Brownsville, East New York, and Coney Island.

The difference being that better than half of The Bronx is/was comprised of dense urbanity, while perhaps only 20% of Brooklyn is so consisted. Consequently, once the era of 'urban blight' passed and the city began to revitalize, Brooklyn because of its authentic and less urbanized nature rebounded faster and more substantially, and I must add with significantly greater private investment.

While the Bronx, with a less 'authentic' nature has been last to share in the revitalization, most of which has been subsidized in an 'urban renewal' manner. Brooklyn's reputation has positively grown with revitalization, while The Bronx' negative perception, gained during the dark days of urban decay and high crime, continues to persist.

The Bronx and Brooklyn, oil and water, apt dwellers vs home owners, super urban vs low urbanity, working class vs middle class, non-yuppie vs yuppie, no brownstones vs brownstone, authentic vs not.
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