Call me crazy. Monona is the new Brooklyn.
And yes, I mean Brooklyn, New York. Not Brooklyn, Wisconsin.
I will put forth my reasoning here:
1. Monona has a bridge that crosses a river and takes us to a great downtown (Madison). Brooklyn has a bridge that crosses a river that takes them to a great downtown (Manhattan).
Both our bridge name start with the letter B, Bridge Road Bridge. Brooklyn Bridge.
See, I might be on to something.
2. Brooklyn has an island. Coney Island. Monona has an island. Pirate Island. They are not much alike, but hey, they are islands.
3. Brooklyn has some great restaurants and bars. So does Monona. Both have world class chefs and mixologists. Want proof? Check out Waypoint Public House, Off Broadway Drafthouse, or Breakwater. Plus there are hundreds of local beers in Monona that are not available in Brooklyn!
As for Packer bars. Angry Wades in Brooklyn promises to play every game. So does Snicks on Monona drive. As a bonus Snicks exterior is painted Green and Gold!
4. Radio Stations. Sure. Brooklyn has Radio Free Brooklyn. Cool. We have WVMO, The Voice Of Monona. Cooler. I can hear Bob Dylan on both.
5. Brooklyn has the Bay Ridge area. But, wow, Monona actually has a real bay. (Squaw Bay) and the Frostwoods and Winnequa neighborhoods.
6. I have been to and lived in some of the coolest ranked neighborhoods in the US. Silver Lake, Bucktown, and Brooklyn. None of them have anything on Monona. It's really all about the people. Get out and about and you can see Monona has more young, cool, artistic, hip people living here than ever before. Some might even say hipsters.
So does Brooklyn.
But, per household, Monona has more dogs.
So, yeah, you can call me crazy. Or, like me, you can put your art studio in Monona, and you can believe "Monona is the new Brooklyn!"
Now, we just need a cool graphic tee shirt. We better get to work on that.
And, I just need to convince Renee!
Stick Vega is the American Gunpowder Artist, former CEO, and author of LESS KILLING. Stick currently lives and creates explosive pop art at The Blast Factory in Madison, Wisconsin. Not limited to one medium, he works in gunpowder drawings and paintings, photography, digital art and writing. Please follow Stick on Facebook and/or Twitter.