When my parents in Buffalo know about specific restaurants in Williamsburg, I know that "Brooklyn cool" is dead and over, and has finally hit the mainstream, which is probably why it costs approximately $4985948 a month to live in a one bedroom apartment the size of a closet.
Certain parts of Manhattan are more affordable than certain parts of Brooklyn, mainly because "Manhattan cool" ended with Sex & the City. Legions of dumb girls moved to Manhattan with their Carrie Bradshaw dreams and realized that it is goddamned expensive to live up in here. Despondent, they trudged across the bridge to Brooklyn, where they forged a new identity for themselves.
Now, the only way to eke out a life for yourself in Brooklyn is to conform to their version of cool: flannel, oversized non-prescription glasses, and dresses that look like they came out of their grandmothers' closets.
Brooklyn: it's survival of the hippest. How will you fare? Skip the flannel and go right for the ironic t-shirt instead: Survival of the Hippest T-Shirt ($16, Brooklyn Bits). Those dbags will be so impressed by your blithe-but-silent commentary on the obvious that they'll take a break from judging you to buy you a PBR.