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Is Manhattan the new Brooklyn?

Remember when New Yorkers seeking a home would shop Manhattan first, then head to Brooklyn as their budget wore thin?  The trend seems to be reversing, as high prices everywhere and lack of inventory are driving some would be Brooklynites to find substitutes in Manhattan enclaves such as Beekman Place, Gramercy Park, the Upper East Side and Hamilton Heights rather than delve into the farthest reaches of Brooklyn.  There's something to be said about not being trapped in Brooklyn every weekend due to the MTAs never ending service interruptions and a quick commute.  At this point in time, moving to Brooklyn isn't a bargain, it's a lifestyle.

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Which do you in the fast lane, or life next to the fast lane?

Curbed NY reported that Christina Ricci just dropped $2mm on a townhouse one lot removed from the BQE.  A quick inventory check shows that townhouse listings in Brooklyn in the $2mm range are slim pickins, but there are a couple of highway free homes in Boerum Hill, Clinton Hill and North Slope with a little more charm.  Perhaps her stint on TV's Pan Am left her longing for a quick escape to JFK?

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