Is Manhattan Still King?

Within New York’s famously provincial cultural scene, the world has always begun and ended with Manhattan. Good things could happen in the other four boroughs, of course, but until you’d made it in Manhattan, you weren’t really going to be taken seriously. So can it really be possible that Manhattan has suddenly become, well… uncool? “Is hipness a zero-sum solution? If Heath Ledger digs Boerum Hill and the Bronx is busy with poetry readings, does that mean Manhattan is becoming the plodding parent to these boisterous boroughs?”