The cornerstone to who I am as a New Yorker is that I moved here the day after I graduated from high school. I was 17. I became an adult navigating the central question of, "Where do I live?" and "How can I afford it?"
Even for native New Yorkers, settling the question of "Where do I live" is a fluid one. Neighborhoods change. So too, the identity of those who live there. Identifying yourself as someone who lives in "the right neighborhood" is a slippery slope. Hot one day, tourist trap the next.
As I graduated from the Pratt Institute, I had focused my search for a home in Brooklyn Heights, a romantic New York village within great Gotham. Quiet. Manageable. Fresh breezes off the harbor. Historic district. In the 30+ years I've called Brooklyn Heights my home, much change has rolled through Brooklyn in waves. Today, Brownstone Brooklyn is rapidly changing into a new and exciting hub in the New York identity. BAM. DUMBO. Brooklyn Bridge Park. MetroTech. Brains, creativity and grand vision are focusing in a blossoming core area. The vitality that has always defined this great city has jumped from Manhattan's gritty, dense glamour, to the wide open skies of downtown Brooklyn.
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