The law is an ass. And so is Hakeem Jeffries.

The ire of little men in search of a big balcony:

Mr. Jeffries’s outrage was set off by reports that real estate agents were using the name ProCro to peddle properties on the border of the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Prospect Heights and Crown Heights. He also said the name “sounded silly.”

Since the gentleman in question is state assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, he didn’t just get annoyed, he got busy. Mr. Jeffries, via a bill he’s writing, pronounces himself prepared to punish people who make up names for neighborhoods without prior City Hall approval — a plan that, had such a law existed a hundred years ago, would have put the kibosh on now-established names like Nolita and Soho.

About Rogier:
Rogier is a Dutch-born, New-England-dwelling multi-media maven (OK, a writer and photographer) whose dead-tree publishing credits include the New York Times, Wired, Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Reason.
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