Morning Headlines: Pennsylvanians Go to Barneys in New York!

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“Left unsaid was an ever-so-slight inferiority complex: The Keystone State is grand, but the Empire State, grander.” This is an actual sentence penned by the New York Times’ Trip Gabriel in an article about Pennsylvanians and Philadelphians going to New York, which, as Simon Van Zuylen-Wood notes, perpetuates rather tired stereotypes that all we want for Christmas is a trip (Trip!) to Barneys in the Big City.

Additionally, Gabriel misquotes his own newspaper when he says, “If Pennsylvanians were inclined to feel a little like a sixth borough when contemplating New York City…” The article to which he refers was not about the state as a sixth borough, which would be the largest borough in known history, but the city of Philadelphia as a sixth borough. And its point, actually, was that New Yorkers were moving to Philadelphia because it was more affordable and manageable than New York is. It had nothing to do with inferiority.

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  • Friend of Marco

    Ugh, this again! I hate hate hate “sixth borough” talk. I go to NY for the same reason I go to DC or Boston or Baltimore; for a little fun in a different city. I don’t go there so that I can salve my inferiority complex, which I don’t have. Fuck that noise.