"Well, that does it. Brooklyn is officially dead." So begins an article on Vice about a music video by Catey Shaw, who they describe as the "Rebecca Black of Brooklyn gentrification." Note the central role of Brooklyn Nets gear. What do you think: proud tribute to the Nets hometown or abomination?
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People not from Brooklyn really seem to like it.
According to a piece from web magazine Slate, Brooklyn was the most popular girl's name starting with "B" in the United States in 2012, and the top name in 39 of 50 individual states in 2012. "Brooke" was the most common name in 3 other states. According to Baby Center, Brooklyn was also the most popular baby name starting with "B" in 2013.
But New Yorkers don't like naming their girls "Brooklyn:" just 5 of 100,000 Brooklynites named their baby girl "Brooklyn," and New York state had the lowest overall rate of girls named Brooklyn (11 per 100,000). Other states that didn't list Brooklyn as their most common name include high-population states like California, Florida, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.
The chart below, from the Baby Center link above, lists Brooklyn's popularity as a name by year since 2000. You can see it spiking in the last decade.
Author and friend of The Brooklyn Game Jake Appleman spent last season covering the Nets in-depth, and today marks the release party of "Brooklyn Bounce: The Highs and Lows of Nets Basketball's Historic First Season in the Borough," Appleman's book on the team's inaugural season.
There will be some select readings from the book, as well as a signing and a Q&A. Also, I will be there. So there's reason enough to check it out.
When: Tuesday, February 4th, 7:30 P.M.
Where: BookCourt, 163 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY
When the Brooklyn Nets played their first game at Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn in the fall of 2012, they succeeded in bringing a major professional sports franchise back to Brooklyn for the first time since the Dodgers abandoned the borough in 1957.
Now, Brooklyn Bounce chronicles the Nets’ historic inaugural season in the borough, full of highs and lows—plenty of them entirely unexpected. Jake Appleman takes us inside the locker room and courtside, examining the team’s transition from the New Jersey swamp to gentrified Brooklyn, from an opening night delayed by Hurricane Sandy to an epic seven-game playoff showdown with the Chicago Bulls.
The Nets were the game’s foremost paradox in 2013, a team that managed to be the most improved in the NBA, but also consistently disappointed. What made them interesting wasn’t their style of play or even their unique collection of personalities; it was their constant state of reinvention and their evolving relationship with their new home: as the Barclays crowds would chant it, BROOOOOOK-LYN!
Appleman has covered the NBA for eight seasons for Slam Magazine, GQ, Vibe, NBCSports.com, NBA.com, and The New York Times.