What’s the difference?
One is in NY; the other in NJ.
Lakewood has cheap rentals and less expensive housing whereas Flatbush has expensive rentals and prohibitive housing.
1. similar accents but more pronounced in Flatbush
2. price per square foot for real estate
3. When you ask someone “where do live?” a Lakewooder will give a sigh and a shrug and say “Lakewood” with an intone that indicates A. Doesn’t everyone live in Lakewood? and/or B. what can I do I have to live in Lakewood.
When you ask the same question to a Flatbusher they will not say “Brooklyn” or “Flatbush”. They will give coordinates (east 14 between J & K)
Connecticut Rebbe: You sound like a Brooklynite.
A man comes to mincha at a shul in some place away from the Northeast. Seeing an unfamiliar face, the gabbai approaches, greets him in a friendly manner, and asks if he’s from out of town.
A Lakewoodite responds: Yes, I’m visiting from Lakewood.
A Flatbusher responds: No, YOU’RE from out of town!
Lakewood is the future, whereas the future of brooklyn looks to be like the lower east side. Yeshivas have less classes per grade they have less kids per classes. Shuls are struggling with minyanim in certain parts.
Saidgur: Specifically which minyanim or yeshivos are struggling?
Two weeks ago I davened in Torah Vodaas Friday night and Motzey Shabbos. There were about 35 people there. I remember 25 years ago when there were about two hundred people there.That is more than a 80% decrease.
On the other hand the other side of Ocean Parkway in Kensington seems to have much more frum people than it did 25 years ago.
A lot of the Boro Park overflow, mixed with the Flatbush overflow, expanded into Kensington.
I believe Bensonhurst also picked up a lot of Bnei Torah.