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Old Posted Oct 1, 2019, 3:24 PM
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Time Out's 50 Coolest 'hoods

Which ones did they get wrong, right, and what did they miss?

https://www.timeout.com/coolest-neig...s-in-the-world

I think they got Astoria, Queens wrong, with no offense to anyone who lives there. It's a nice place, vibrant, and affordable (for NYC), but it's not exactly "cool", IMO. Ridgewood is easily the coolest neighborhood in Queens right now, and if they wanted to opt for something less obvious, then I would say Flatbush or Prospect Lefferts Garden in Brooklyn.

I think they got Detroit's Corktown right. It's the city's cool kid neighborhood of the moment, with the right mix of urban decay and millennial attracting bars.
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Old Posted Oct 1, 2019, 3:33 PM
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I saw this before. Historic Filipinotown for LA?
Maybe in 5 years it will become Silver Lake South, but now?


It's nice Temple Street will likely have a ton of 5-7 story mixed use buildings soon.
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I burst out laughing when i saw the Montreal entry. Verdun, really? My in law referred to it as Ver-dump just a few days ago.
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Old Posted Oct 1, 2019, 3:47 PM
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they predictably chose pilsen for chicago.

pilsen is nice, but i don't make it down there very often.

thankfully, i'm now too old to know if pilsen is still "cool" or not.

who am i kidding, i've never been cool enough to know what is or isn't "cool".
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Old Posted Oct 1, 2019, 3:52 PM
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Usually the point of these types of lists is to choose new areas each year. The idea being to avoid talking about the same places over and over and give exposure to lesser known ones, though in reality it can just mean things get more and more esoteric.

The Junction in Toronto is great, but certainly not the coolest of areas.
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Old Posted Oct 1, 2019, 3:57 PM
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I burst out laughing when i saw the Montreal entry. Verdun, really? My in law referred to it as Ver-dump just a few days ago.
Pff. Have you been in Verdun here, there, there or there in the last 15 years? Wellington street (the neighbourhood's main street) is now full of great restaurants, bars, and stores. Plexes regularly go for more than $1M now in "Ver-dump".

As the say in the article "LOCALS SAY ‘There’s a strong community life, with family and cultural activities always going on, plus it’s near the water and has lots of restaurants and bars.’" It's pretty much spot on.

Your in-laws are stuck in the 80's, when this was biker's territory? Geez.
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Old Posted Oct 1, 2019, 4:01 PM
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Astoria, Queens, NYC It's okay. Considered a "cool" neighborhood only because it's in NYC.

Downtown, Miami Still not a cool neighborhood... at all. Because it doesn't feel anything like a neighborhood.
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Pff. Have you been there in the last 15 years? Wellington street is now full of great restaurants, bars, and stores.
Its been getting better sure, but cooler than mile-end, plateau and rosemont? Hell even st henri is considered cooler nowadays.
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Old Posted Oct 1, 2019, 4:11 PM
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Its been getting better sure, but cooler than mile-end, plateau and rosemont? Hell even st henri is considered cooler nowadays.
I guess they had to make a choice, but these Montreal neighbourhoods are all pretty much equivalent IMO : great transit connections, lively commercial "main streets", bike paths everywhere, big parks, etc. I'd even add Petite-Patrie, Little Italy and Villeray to your list.
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This is simply a list of neighborhoods. Nothing more.
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I think you guys are wrong about Astoria. I also don't think you realize just how big Astoria is. My area at Ditmars Blvd/31st Street definitely has a Williamsburg in the early 2010s vibe to it and there are other pockets like 30th Avenue/Broadway near the N/W trains and the Kaufman Arts District that have their own unique vibes. Plus I'm blocks from several beer gardens and breweries, including the oldest and largest in the city. It's only going to get cooler (and less affordable) after Robert DeNiro builds Wildflower Studios over by the Steinway piano factory, which will be designed by Bjarke Ingels: https://www.6sqft.com/robert-de-niro...lm-in-astoria/
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Pilsen is great, and the Mexican art museum is wonderful. I guess it's cool, but also in major transition
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No Fishtown, Spruce Hill/Cedar Park/Squirrel Hill, East Passyunk, or Manayunk entries for Philly? Thats odd
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Just think of this as "50 newly cool neighborhoods," not the top 50 overall. They pick new neighborhoods every year, so if a place was already cool in a previous year, it's not cool now.

Also all listicles are trash anyway.
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I guess they had to make a choice, but these Montreal neighbourhoods are all pretty much equivalent IMO : great transit connections, lively commercial "main streets", bike paths everywhere, big parks, etc. I'd even add Petite-Patrie, Little Italy and Villeray to your list.

Little Italy was Montreal's entry on the list last year. My neighbourhood of Dufferin Grove also made an appearance on last year's and is now nowhere to be found.

As mentioned these lists are basically just about shining a spotlight on a rotating assortment of interesting, "up and coming" neighbourhoods around the world moreso than being any sort of definitive coolest list (which would be a very uncool thing to do, of course).
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No Fishtown, Spruce Hill/Cedar Park/Squirrel Hill, East Passyunk, or Manayunk entries for Philly? Thats odd
Those are all good spots, but this is "coolest in the world"

Manayunk was cool in 1996.

And Squirrel Hill, Philly isn't even the coolest Squirrel Hill in the state.
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This is simply a list of neighborhoods. Nothing more.
Top most existing neighborhoods in the world 2019:

1. ALL OF THEM
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In São Paulo, they got very wrong. Bom Retiro is a wholesale district for clothing, with large Korean and Bolivian communities and a small and declining Jewish community (most of them has left for Higienópolis and Jardins several decades ago). The district has improved a lot in the past decade, with better shops, some ethnic restaurants, but it has zero nightlife.

I would say the coolest districts in São Paulo are República with the iconic Oscar Niemeyer's Copan and lots of modernist buildings. It experienced a severe decay in the past three decades, but it had a big came back without becoming gentrified and boring. The neighbouring Bela Vista, which is probably the largest LGBT district in the world, it's also a very interesting place.
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Dogpatch is not big, edgy or notable for anything except its workers' cottages, which are smaller and less fancy versions of the Victorian and Edwardian homes found in other neighborhoods.

I first took my parents out to dinner in Dogpatch about a decade ago. So...not sure how cool it really is.
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Bagging on a list of hipster neighborhoods is so hipster...
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