The Times had articles today on what people prefer, noise or quiet. But interestingly, the articles concentrated on Manhattan, where you really can't get away from the noise.
It occurred to me that in Brooklyn, you can find noise and excitement OR peace and quiet, depending on what you're in the mood for. I think this was even at the heart of that battle over the noise emanating from the concerts in Brooklyn's Seaside Park near Coney Island, and why people who think like Manhattan residents couldn't quite empathize with the Brooklyn residents.
Brooklyn offers you choices, noise and peace often within minutes of each other. Manhattan doesn't offer such a wide array of options. Here's an opinionated musical salute to peace of mind in Brooklyn (note, however, that I've opted not to live in Brooklyn any more, at least for now.)
BROOKLYN BOY video on YouTube