June 02, 2006

A List Grows in Brooklyn

I'm guessing there are now more headlines that play on the title of the classic 1943 novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn than there are actual people who've read the book. Gawker is one of the worst offenders, using the reference twice within the last two weeks for a total of four times this year. If you include its sibling site, Gridskipper, the powers that be at Denton-owned blogs are responsible for at least five uses. (It could be higher, but since I'm at work I'll refrain from checking Fleshbot.)

There's only one way to cease the use of this tired title: someone must write the definitive twenty-first century Brooklyn novel. I nominate one of the Jonathans - Lethem or Safran Foer - for this task.

Below, just a sampling of the headlines from blogs, newspapers, and other sources that have used variations of "A [blank] Grows in Brooklyn" so far in 2006.

- A Children's Museum Grows in Brooklyn, Gothamist, 6/2/06
- A Bee Grows in Brooklyn, Gawker, 5/31/06
- An arena grows in Brooklyn, New Jersey Star-Ledger, 5/28/06
- A Gehry Grows in Brooklyn, BusinessWeek, 5/19/06
- A Brawl Grows in Brooklyn, Gawker, 5/17/06
- A Cigar Bar Grows in Brooklyn, Cigar Aficionado, 5/17/06
- A Crush Grows in Brooklyn, Less Than Perfect episode title, 5/2/06 (This show is still on?)
- Twee Grows in Brooklyn, New York Observer, 5/1/06
- A CDCU Grows in Brooklyn, National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions, 4/18/06
- A Hotel Grows In Brooklyn. Next to an Auto Repair Shop, Gridskipper, 4/4/06
- A Hole Grows in Brooklyn, Gawker, 3/27/06
- Prices Grow in Brooklyn, NYTimes.com, 2/8/06
- Blogorrhea NYC: A Head of Lettuce Grows in Brooklyn, Gawker, 1/6/06
- A bunch of slogans grow in Brooklyn Adfreak, 1/4/06

Posted by Doug at June 2, 2006 01:45 PM

best list ever.

Posted by: k at June 2, 2006 03:21 PM

from the daily news today:


"A fire call box inexplicably grows in Brooklyn - smack-dab in the middle of a pedestrian curb cut."

Posted by: joe at June 8, 2006 05:34 PM

and this one:


"A Studio Grows in Brooklyn" from Apartment Therapy

Posted by: joe at June 8, 2006 05:39 PM

Plus there's that show off broadway "a jew grows in brooklyn."

Posted by: pc at June 8, 2006 06:51 PM

I found this one:


"What if a Manhattan grows in Brooklyn?"

Posted by: alec at June 9, 2006 11:47 AM

My former ATF grew bonsai kittens in Brooklyn.

Posted by: Joshua S. Rubenstein at June 15, 2006 09:18 AM