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Yesterday's Times article about the 'competition' between so over it's cool again Williamsburg and forever on the cusp of cool Long Island City was predictably point-missy, given over as it was to seeing how the neighborhoods' respective gentrified amenities ("eclectic Thai restauarant" "pet boutique") stacked up against each other. However, since the germ of the article was a debate on messageboard, where "more than a dozen" users from LIC weighed in on their neighborhood's merits, we thought we'd compare with Williamsboard to see if we could settle the coolness issue once and for all. Here's an excerpt from the queenswest convo:

The L train truly is a royal pain in the arse. (Though I wouldn't say the 7 is all that great either.) It is frequently overcrowded, slow, dirty, and/or out of service (especially on weekends and nights). Expect to wait longer for a train at rush hour than the 7.

Scintillating, no? Compare that with this randomly chosen excerpt from a Williamsboard posting:

Topic: schmainkillers. where can we score some fucking skag? (104 views) 25,312 topics | 1 active members, 1 of which are posting, 0 of which are chatting December 8th, 2006 @ 4:36:02 pm i heard there was like a bodega or something that sells you a cat and you cut it open and there's dope in there. 5dollarBud posted this on December 8th, 2006 @ 4:36:46 pm check the wiki acutewit posted this on December 8th, 2006 @ 4:36:46 pm WOAH! jarrod posted this on December 8th, 2006 @ 4:49:36 pm i know of a place where they do that 'cept that inside there's no dope, only cat innards. BGreys posted this on December 8th, 2006 @ 4:51:07 pm perez was yakking to me about a place that does that with penut butter. ninly posted this on December 8th, 2006 @ 5:24:10 pm selling peanut butter by the catful.. hrmm. at least i could go ahead and restring my harpsichord. finally

Yeah, we think this resolves the 'debate.' The Duel Over Cool [NYT]