Erstwhile Pittsburgh expats — along with their spawn and spouses — return home to see if the town truly lives up to its rep as the “new Brooklyn.”
Updated, 2:39 p.m. July 19, 2017
The Strip District is the Brooklyn of the next Brooklyn, which of course is Pittsburgh.
The first claim in that sentence was made by developer Ethan Fellheimer to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in an article about luxury apartments. The latter claim has been made by too many people.
Calling a place “the Brooklyn of” or “the next Brooklyn” is a well-trodden trend, the Pittsburgh version of which has even been parodied by Clickhole. Pittsburgh — with its relatively affordable rents and the existence of things like cocktails and old buildings and art galleries — has been subjected to this many times over.
Who’s been guilty? A lot of unnamed “people.”
The Strip District
“Developer eyes Strip District as ‘Brooklyn of Pittsburgh’ “
Who: Philadelphia-based developer Ethan Fellheimer, who grew up in Pittsburgh
Where: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
When: Oct. 11, 2016
After successfully converting the former Schneider Engineering Building in Downtown into a 40-unit loft-style apartment complex, developer Ethan Fellheimer is turning his attention to what he calls the “Brooklyn of Pittsburgh” — the Strip District.
“How Pittsburgh became America’s most unlikely cultural capital”
Who: Writer Adam Sommers
Where: The Telegraph
When: Sept. 18, 2016
Home to its very own version of New York’s Brooklyn – Lawrenceville – quirky restaurants, galleries in converted warehouses and some stylish hotels are rising from the molten remains of this former industrial city.
“From A New Ace Hotel To Being Named The Top Food City In the Country, Pittsburgh Is The New Cool”
Who: Forbes contributor Breanna Wilson
When: Feb. 11, 2016
The Brooklyn of Pittsburgh, Lawrenceville
Ask any Pittsburgh local what neighborhood is undoubtedly the hippest one right now and they’ll all agree, Lawrenceville is it. An area that has been undergoing a major revitalization over the last several years thanks to affordable rent and unoccupied spaces, artists, creatives and trendsetting locals are flocking to this now energetic area.
“Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville Neighborhood Named A Top ‘Hipster’ City”
Who: “A lot of people,” according to business owner Jackie Stone
When: Nov. 26, 2014
“A lot of people have nicknamed us the little Brooklyn of Pittsburgh, and I think that we are,” said Jackie Stone who chose to open her new shop, Phoenix Boutique, in Lawrenceville.
“What Millennials Love About Pittsburgh”
Who: Stephan Bontrager, director of communications for Riverlife
Where: The Atlantic
When: Nov. 22, 2014
At the age of 23, he was able to buy a five-bedroom house for $80,000 in Lawrenceville (“Pittsburgh’s version of Brooklyn”). He still seems surprised by that.
“Lawrenceville Pittsburgh: a Trendy, Edgy Artists Neighborhood”
Who: “People,” according to writer Alan Woods
Lawrenceville Pittsburgh isn’t just another neighborhood in Pittsburgh. It is the neighborhood for hipsters, art lovers, and the trendy entrepreneurs looking for a place to laugh, love, to live their lives to the fullest. Lawrenceville will often be compared to the hip communities located in New York as you may hear people refer to it as the “Brooklyn of Pittsburgh.”
“8 Reasons Pittsburgh Is The Best US City Getaway You’ve Never Thought Of”
Who: Everyone else who said Pittsburgh was the “new Brooklyn” before MTV
When: July 19, 2017
Pittsburgh is the new Brooklyn – you heard it here first.
“The True Cost of Living in America: Pittsburgh”
You’ll hear an amazing set of comparisons about Pittsburgh: It’s “Little Brooklyn.” “It’s Silicon Valley East.” It’s a bit of hyperbole, though Carnegie Mellon might be the world’s top cybersecurity school.
“The Ace Hotel’s Latest Outpost Opens in Pittsburgh”
Who: “People” who talk to butcher Brent Young
Where: The Wall Street Journal
When: Jan. 11, 2016
“PEOPLE KEEP TELLING ME Pittsburgh is the new Brooklyn,” says Brent Young. “It pisses me off.”
“Why New Yorkers are relocating to Charleston and Pittsburgh”
Who: Rep-makers who have come into contact with “erstwhile Pittsburgh expats — along with their spawn and spouses,” according to writer Troy McMullen
Where: New York Post
When: Aug. 12, 2015
“Could the Next Brooklyn Be Pittsburgh?”
Who: Nicole Davis of Brooklyn Based
Where: Brooklyn Based
When: May 24, 2015
When the borough you call home becomes known as one the most expensive places to live in America, it’s natural to look around for better alternatives. For a hot, Internet second, Buffalo — which recently made that list of cities that young college graduates are moving to — looked like a fine choice, so long as you enjoy brutal winters and more economic initiatives than jobs. But there is another metropolis the 25-34 cohort is gravitating toward that is considerably more buzzworthy, filled with James Beard Award-nominated chefs, tech startups, and the cool factor of a soon-to-open Ace Hotel. The city that holds all this promise? Pittsburgh.