On Brownstoner, the bridesmaid borough is now the bride. The site celebrates what’s sometimes called New Brooklyn: a vision of the borough as a diverse and lively enclave of flowering neighborhoods, all jammed with engaged homeowners, reborn blocks, and gorgeous and stately and (by Manhattan standards) bargain-priced real estate, waiting to be polished up under a tasteful eye. Brownstoner didn’t create the Brooklyn renaissance, of course, any more than a weatherman creates a storm. But, like a watchful forecaster, the site has tracked the course of the weather pattern—in this case, the vortex created by rising real-estate prices that sucked in a fresh batch of hopeful residents, drawn by the promise of more space and tree-lined blocks and safer streets and majestic brownstones and ample sunlight and the borough’s sudden, self-perpetuating cachet.

That NY Mag piece on Brownstoner and its commenters. Everyone wants to lump this in with The Emily Gould Debacle (ie: “anything the NYT does, NYM can do with slightly less legitimacy), but as far as I’m concerned, the phenomenon the NY Mag story is trying to nail down is part of the same series of economic issues––and the way people our age are struggling against them––that animate the theory behind that embarrassing 60 Minutes segment on “millenials”*.

To quote Squashed (via Marco), “Remember those real estate prices that have been going up and up? College costs? Remember how wages have stagnated? It’s harder and harder to cut the cord, not because Mr. Rogers told us we were special but because years of fiscal mismanagement force many of us to cut expenses however we can.”

*full disclosure: I was apparently born seven months into the millenial generation, but as most of my friends and colleagues are ten years older than me, I think this may have just been an accident of conception. I don’t wear flip flops, to work or anywhere else, and I have never been to a yoga class in my life. But my sister, born in 1987, fits squarely within both the arbitrary date guideline and many of the characteristics cited by 60M, and I still think the piece is unfair.