“We’re peaking. Bushwick is peaking. Do you think it’s gonna get to one? No way. The Mission has been around. Bushwick’s peaking. You can’t sustain this kind of a boom.”

Congratulations to the people of Bushwick! Your neighborhood was just named the second hottest in the United States, falling closely behind The Mission in San Francisco. So, we hit the gritty, graffiti-stained streets to see how locals feel about being one of the “25 coolest neighborhoods in America.” (That’s right, it’s hot and cool!) Is that ranking just right? Totally bogus? Does landing somewhere on a coolness ranking preclude you from actually being cool? Click through the slideshow to find out.

<strong>Torris Pelichet</strong>

Torris Pelichet

“I think it’s the coolest because it’s probably the most innovative city in America, as far as design and creativity. I also think everybody from all over the world kind of huddles here to see these kinds of things, like fashion and art and whatever Brooklyn has to offer.”

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<strong>Michelle Mayer</strong>

Michelle Mayer

"I’m from a small town and I’m not really a city girl, so it’s definitely a lot of people living close together. We live like cockroaches a little bit."

<strong>Brian Kelly</strong>

Brian Kelly

"This reminds me a lot of the old Manhattan. The graffiti. There’s a lot of stuff the cops aren’t really cracking down on, and it still has a kind of dirty look to it.”

<STRONG>Casey Predovic</STRONG>

Casey Predovic

“I’ve heard people say both that it’s going downhill and that it’s up and coming. I love it here. I think what’s been helping make it cool for me is the people who are here. I think there’s a lot of makers, people who are trying to do something, whether it’s their art or trying to start a business. It seems like a community orientated place. I think people care about each other.”

<strong>Wonwoo Lee</strong>

Wonwoo Lee

“I used to live in San Francisco until 2015. Compared with this area, I think there are a lot of artists here, and there it’s a lot of tech people. So, I think it’s a cooler area here, in my opinion. This is #1.”

<strong>Mikey Spiller</strong>

Mikey Spiller

"I’m thankful [for the #2 ranking]. I hope my rent doesn’t go up. I haven’t been to much of America, but it’s pretty cool.”

<strong>Anna Bouma</strong>

Anna Bouma

“It’s really cool. I feel a little intimidated to be honest. I thought I was hip before, and then I walk around the streets here, and I can get away with anything... I went to San Francisco two weeks ago for the first time and I love it, but The Mission is nowhere near as hip as Bushwick. [The Mission] was hip and bougie, this is really hipster.”

</strong>Lindsay Mound (r) and Marie Porter (l)</strong>

Lindsay Mound (r) and Marie Porter (l)

"We’re peaking. Bushwick is peaking. Do you think it’s gonna get to one? No way. The Mission has been around. Bushwick’s peaking. You can’t sustain this kind of a boom.”