As you may have surmised from my obsession with documenting every business in Park Slope, block by block, I'm a fan of deconstructing the makeup of cities. What it really boils down to is that I’m in love with maps. How much do I love them? Once, I was on a "date" and my female companion and I went into a Barnes & Noble and we sat on the floor for almost an hour looking at maps. It was like something out of a Wes Anderson film, right down to the part where things never worked out between us. I still had my maps though. They’ll never leave me.
To be honest, it's been a while since I've had good map, so when I stumbled across this map earlier this week, I just about lost it in my shorts. That's figuratively, of course. I was wearing pants anyhow. So this map...it breaks down the "Most Common Type of Restaurant in a Zip Code According to the Village Voice Restaurants Guide." Wait...the Village Voice is still relevant? Wow. Well, I guess it’s better than using Timeout NY as the basis of your map. They're kinda douchey.
According to the map breakdown, Park Slope's DOMINATED by Italian restaurants. I suppose it makes sense. There are a pretty good amount of Italian places and this was once an Italian-dominated neighborhood. Personally, I live on enough pasta at home that when I go out, there’s a 99% chance I'm not going Italian. That means that over time, I've effectively programmed my brain to devote zero real estate to their existence. That being the case, I would've thought that Japanese or Mexican would've prevailed, but I guess it's really a moot point. In five years everything will be New American Fusion anyhow.
See more from the map makers, very small array, here.