Manhattan’s Officially Over: Chloe Sevigny’s Moving to Brooklyn

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The Guardian

As the It Girl of 90s New York, known for her work with a who’s who of film directors—Larry Clark, Harmony Korine, Whit Stillman, Woody Allen, Olivier Assayas, Lars von Trier, Jim Jarmusch, David Fincher, Werner Herzog and more—Chloe Sevigny came to define Manhattan chic at the turn of the century: model, actress, Vincent Gallo fellater. So does the fact that she’s moving to Brooklyn, having sold her really nice East Village apartment, signal that Manhattan is really, truly, finally over?

Sevigny announced the move in an interview with Town & Country published last week, picked up by Fucked in Park Slope. “She has secured a classic six overlooking Prospect Park,” the magazine reported. (Couldn’t this vague information suggest Prospect Lefferts Garden or even Prospect Park South?) “She’s cagey about her nesting plans (boyfriend as yet unnamed)”—since revealed to be an art director—”but mentions that the building has, auspiciously, a burgeoning population of twins.”

Perhaps this means that Manhattan’s not over, just Sevigny’s life as a Manhattanite—that she’s only doing what so many others have done before her: moving across the bridge to settle down and start a family. Eh, either way, we’ll take her; it’s still like capturing one of Manhattan’s bishops in the ongoing interborough chess match.

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  1. Not to be a total dick, or yeah, ok I will be a dick, but since you all have a magazine called BROOKLYN MAGAZINE…. there is no “Prospect Park South” bordering on Prospect Park. The Avenue that parallels the park is called Prospect Park Southwest. You might find a classic six in a building along PPSW, though I tend to doubt it. Prospect Park SOUTH is a landmarked neighborhood in Flatbush comprised of large single family homes and two apartment buildings, neither of which contain “classic six” apartments, and neither of which has a view of Prospect Park.

    • There are definitely classic sixes available (for a price, but still) along Prospect Park SW. 135 PPSW is just one example of a building that feels as much like you’re on the Upper West Side or in Brooklyn Heights as in Windsor Terrace.

  2. I’ve seen maps refer to the area directly south of the Parade Grounds as “Prospect Park South.” (Ordinarily, I would call that area Ditmas Park…) I was referring specifically to the buildings on Caton, but, yeah, I don’t know if any of them have classic sixes. You definitely didn’t have to be a total dick about it. I know where things are, too! Sorry our maps disagree!

    • I didn’t look at a map to know that Prospect Park South does not border Prospect Park. And I stand corrected, then, about the availability of Classic sixes along Prospect Park Southwest. I travel that route frequently and never noticed any particularly fancy apartment buildings. I see plenty of more modest apartment buildings and a surprising number of row houses. I shall have to pay better attention. But PPS very specifically refers to that landmarked neighborhood in Flatbush. Ditmas Park is yet another neighborhood in Flatbush.

  3. Oh my god, I think this means that Manhattan is really, truly, finally over. Oh wait, you already had that exact thought too! It’s so shocking and weird, because 9/11 seemed to make Manhattan stronger, but then, bam, 12 years later, Manhattan is just totally, irrevocably, genuinely over. I thought Manhattan definitely had its share of problems, but when you think about it, it also had some nice features, and some historical value, some geopolitical signifigance, decent food (banh mi, nom nom nom) and also a population of about 1.6 people, although admittedly a giant number of those “people” – ahem- wouldn’t even know who Chloe Sevigny is, or be able to pick her out of a lineup if their welfare depended on it, so let them (and those stupid tourists) have Manhattan, or the meager pathetic remnants of it. I hope Ms. Sevigny can make it out of there before the whole thing crumbles and burns – stay safe, Chloe! xoxoxo

  4. uh, no, as much as you would like to believe it, manhattan is not and will never be over, unless one of those bruce willis / “history” channel end-of-the-world movies turns out to be more foresight than fiction. (why do they always gotta destroy new york city? but i digress…)

    don’t get me wrong, i love brooklyn. i lived in brooklyn for some years, in the sweet spot between it becoming an NYU dorm outpost (aka “williamsburg”) or a southern suburb of westchester county (read: “park slope.) it was cool. maybe manhattan isn’t as cool as it used to be. but brooklyn’s not all that cool anymore either. it’s corporatized, canned “creativity” reeks of urban outfitters cum wallpaper art direction, followed to the letter by people whose creativity is expressed primarily through shopping.

    none of you who do have much to do with the few actual artists, novelists, etc., who happen to live in your neighborhood, unless you (what?) buy a ticket or something they have created. admit it.

    living on a train line that regularly shuts down on the weekends, or with bad weather, or terrorist attacks, or general strikes, sucks if you, you know, actually want to leave your little hamlet. or worse, still, if you have to cuz you, like, WORK to pay your own rent, blah blah blah. so i moved back to manhattan. why?

    BECAUSE I COULD. don’t be j.

    not to be a dick or anything ; )

    • Someone’s real butthurt that Manhattan is over, so much so they had to try to convince themselves that Brooklyn sucks. Also, there is no one at all “j” jelly, jealous, or any such nonsense that you moved back to the city. Good fucking riddance! I’m glad my borough extracted you. I would love to know what creative endeavors you’re involved with, oh-so-cultured city dweller.


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