What is a ‘Bklyn girl’?

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Brooklyn girls are certainly a diverse bunch, but the ladies of the borough — from Newtown Creek to the Narrows — share plenty in common.

Tough, classy, well-read and well-dressed, Brooklyn girls — from bike punks and 9-to-5ers to stroller moms to scenesters — have more than just a style that separates them from their less-stylish Manhattan sisters.

“Brooklyn girls know where they are going and how to get there — we have drive, ability, creativity and a toughness that is ultimately true inner strength rather than false bravado,” said Monica Byrne, co-owner of Tini wine bar and Home/made Bklyn, both in Red Hook.

Ever wonder what it else goes into a Brooklyn girl (other than sugar, spice and all things nice)? Here’s a checklist:

Shoes: When Brooklyn chicks pick a pair of kicks, they favor the classics. Tall leather Frye boots are the top choice this fall at Shoe Market in Williamsburg — but “vintage-y” shoes like Oxfords and moccasins are also staples for Brooklyn girls, said salesman James Pollis.

Tops: A Brooklyn girl loves her mother and her grandma — and their wardrobes! The ladies of the borough adore vintage blouses and cashmere sweaters, said Rand Niederhoffer, co-founder of Thistle & Clover boutique in Fort Greene.

Pants: A Brooklyn girl likes tight pants. “We are really heavy on jeans — especially the really skinny jeans,” said Julia Stewart of the Williamsburg boutique Otte.

Books: When Brooklyn girls hit the books, they devour the surreal short stories of contemporary writers like Kelly Link — whose latest is “Pretty Monsters.” “Whenever people buy her book, they smile at the cash register like they are buying some delicious type of ice cream or something,” said Emily Vaughn of Community Bookstore in Park Slope.

Music: Brooklyn girls blast the Argentine avant-pop singer Juana Molina’s new album, “Un Dia” from their iPods, according to Christian Lee, of Ear Wax Records in Williamsburg.

Transportation: Brooklyn girls push pedals: “A Brooklyn girl commutes on a bike and she probably rides with her baby on the back of it,” said Dave Dixon of Dixon’s Bicycle Shop in Park Slope.

Drinks: Brooklyn girls love their borough — but they cheat on it whenever they hit the bars, according to employees at the Clover Club in Carroll Gardens, where Manhattans are inexplicably the drink of choice.

Updated 5:09 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

MJ from Sunset Park says:
This article about “Brooklyn” only talks about Williamsburg, Ft. Greene, Park Slope, Carroll Gardens & Red Hook, a.k.a. as close to Manhattan in Brooklyn as you can get (not an opinion, just look at a map). I see no mention of the rest of this giant borough, the not-as-cool places to live such as Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Boro Park, Marine Park, Mill Basin, Canarsie, etc.

As someone who was born, raised & currently living in Brooklyn, I think this article is severly lacking.
Oct. 24, 2008, 11:22 am
TK from Greenpoint/Williamsburg says:
The Brooklyn Girl you referring to above is actually a transplant, usually from the Midwest or Southeast that arrives in NYC with a false sense of bravado. All that other stuff is simply a pretense built out a deseparate need to cobble together some sort of identity that belies a misguided notion of "cool".
Oct. 24, 2008, 11:52 am
LB from Ft Greene says:
This is just absurd. Brooklyn has 5 million people. And this definitely does not define most of us.
Oct. 24, 2008, 11:53 am
TK from Greenpoint/Williamsburg says:
MJ, I second your comment. Thank you.
Oct. 24, 2008, 11:53 am
Darryl from Williamsburg says:
Dave Dixon: Only a Park Slope girl has her baby on the back of her bike. In North Bklyn, we try to stay away from babies.
Oct. 24, 2008, 12:05 pm
victoryrose from park slope says:
i read the second two paragraphs and thought "yeah! awesome!" then, i read the rest and thought "are you effing kidding me?!?!?!?!?!"

yeah, this "article" is completely ridiculous and 100% misguided. we aren't all faux-intellectual-hipster-wannabe-douchebags. seriously. we aren't.

also, for the record to darryl from williamsburg - i live in park slope and most definitely stay away from babies. i have been known to cross the street in oncoming traffic to avoid carriages....or to kick their parents.
Oct. 24, 2008, 12:14 pm
victoryrose from park slope says:
i forgot to mention that we don't all have total s*** taste in music either...

p.s. i know christian lee, and he should be ashamed of himself!

(no offense to christian, who is otherwise awesome.)
Oct. 24, 2008, 12:17 pm
RH from Ft Greene says:
Wow. I guess I expected better from this paper.
-Brooklyn "woman"
Oct. 24, 2008, 2:49 pm
RH from Ft Greene says:
And someone else's comment I would like to pass along. "This article was written by Urban Outfitters."
Oct. 24, 2008, 2:52 pm
Laura from Fort Greene says:
this is the dumbest article I've ever read.
Oct. 24, 2008, 3:03 pm
Sig from South Slope (not "Greenwood Hgts") says:
I assume this article is only referring to gentrifiers who are not originally from the borough. All the BK native chicks I know (myself icluded) do not satisfy any of these criteria.
FAIL Bk Paper.
Major FAIL.
Oct. 27, 2008, 12:15 am
Sherryl from Prospect-Lefferts Gardens says:
Is this an article or an advertising campaign?
Oct. 28, 2008, 12:51 pm
Monique from Williamsburg says:
These "Brooklyn Girls" were most likely NOT born and raised in Brooklyn and just live there. A Thorough Bred Brooklyn Girl is not the same thing as a "Hipster" or "yuppie" which is what the description above sounds like.
A real brooklyn girl takes the train.
Oct. 30, 2008, 10:42 am
K the reluctant gentrifier from Bushwick says:
—— like this article and the people glorified within are why everyone hates white people right now...

...with good reason. Ugh, how embarrassing for you.
Oct. 30, 2008, 10:57 am
Pacholo from Red Hook says:
You forgot to mention that Brooklyn girls like their boys Bad!
Nov. 4, 2008, 9:09 pm
HobokenHero from Hoboken says:
Uhmm, you're no longer a "girl" if you have a baby. If you still view yourself as a girl maybe you should put that child in the care of a "woman". I always think the girls wearing that frumpy gramma stuff are too poor to buy their own clothes so they have to raid gramma's closet...gramma panties are not sexy BTW, not that you care.
May 27, 2009, 1 pm
jssse thomas from san diego says:
I'm going there for the first time in my life: and I'm SOOOO looking forward to it.
March 15, 2011, 1:55 am
718sexy from Bay Ridge says:
This is like a cold reading; throw a bunch of truisms out there and some might stick

Brooklyn Escorts
June 12, 2011, 10:20 pm
718sexy from Bay Ridge says:
June 12, 2011, 10:20 pm
yomelimel from orlando by way of bklyn says:

These girls you speak of are the girls who couldnt afford to move to NY and live in the city.
Nov. 6, 2011, 2:49 pm
Brooke Lynn from Bushwick says:
LOL!!! Man I couldn't disagree with this article more then ever!! Maybe this is the Brooklyn today but not yesterday! You can take the girl out the hood but you cant take the hood out the girl. Born and raised in Brooklyn!!! ;)
Jan. 10, 2012, 9:33 am
Hiya from Williamsburg says:
Born and raised in Williamsburg Brooklyn. This articale sucks
Nov. 21, 2012, 1:04 pm
Tiffany from Bedstuy says:
If you ain't Neva lived in a project you ain't a real BK girl! #getlosthoe
Dec. 22, 2013, 1:28 am
Jeff from Sheepshead Bay says:
Brooklyn Girl!
Jan. 6, 2014, 9:07 pm

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