Sunset Park: … ain’t just a Rhea Perlman movie about high school basketball, apparently. You have to play all the Anglos to get a place there …
“It was just a play on words that doesn’t have anything to do with any ethnicity or anything like that, but you know how people call people ‘yuppies,’ it’s the same exact thing,” the Realtor said defensively.
“It didn’t have anything to do with discrimination. I’ve had a lot of people call me about that. It had nothing to do with that whatsoever,” she said.
Turns out the phrase comes from a Times profile of the neighborhood – which basically tells “Manhattanites” looking to escape outrageous rents that Sunset Park is a fairly safe place to venture out to, filled with lots of Dominican and Ecuadorian immigrants who speak with colorful accents and serve up exotic food in local restaurants.
There’s something here worth discussion at the next community board meeting – and the ads only scratched the surface of it.
“So, I don’t have to be a ‘Manhattan Anglo?'” I asked.
“No, you don’t. I’m not either, so it doesn’t really matter,” she said.