Parisians’ Sordid Love Affair with Brooklyn

For many Parisians, “trendy” is synonymous with New York, especially Brooklyn, especially Williamsburg, which they treat as both a geographical area (which it is) and a Wes-Anderson-meets-Woody-Allen fever dream (which ignores the long history of the borough as a home to working-class people and minorities, but hey, whatever). Brooklyn, for them, can be reduced to a specific style that’s little more that a string of signifiers—just like how in Americans’ heads, “Paris” means a guy in a beret and a striped shirt riding a bicycle with a basket of baguettes in the front.


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