BATTLE OF THE BOROUGHS
BATTLE OF THE BOROUGHS The cost of living in Manhattan tops that of Queens, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and the Bronx -- or so goes the traditional rap about New York City. But as Brooklyn continues drawing families and hip singles, not to mention media attention, prices for basic necessities (including real estate) are edging closer to and sometimes surpassing what Manhattanites pay for the privilege of living on that congested island. Brooklyn still claims the "cheaper" mantle overall, with a cost of living 13 percent lower than Manhattan, according to Numbeo, a worldwide database populated with crowd-sourced data. But a comparison of select expenses shows that many things are just as pricey in Brooklyn (not to mention Queens).