The travel website HopStop came out with a survey today showing an interesting divide between Clinton Hill and Fort Greene.
And no, this time it's not about income, property values or shifting demographics.
It's all about baseball.
According to HopStop, by analyzing search queries for Yankee Stadium and Citi Field respectively, the company has been able to pinpoint loyalty to either the Pinstripes or the Amazins, neighborhood by neighborhood.
This is what they found: If you live approximately west of Vanderbilt Avenue, you are more likely than not to be a Mets fan. East: well, you know the drill.
Overall, the picture looked mighty bleak for the Mets. According to HopStop's borough-by-borough analysis, even Brooklyn—the inheritor of much residual anti-Yankee sentiment decades after the demise of the beloved Dodgers—preferred Steinbrenner's team over the Mets, albeit by a slim 52-48 margin.
Todd Sample, general manager at confirmed the bad news for the Amazins—at least at his establishment, which has been open at the corner of Lafayette Avenue and S. Elliott Place for five years.
"By far, we get more Yankees fans than Mets," Sample said. "When they won the World Series a couple years back, it was Pandemonium in here."
When asked for specifics, Sample said Yankees fans outnumbered their crosstown counterparts by a margin of 4 to 1.
As a native Bostonian, it seemed Sample could feel the pain of outnumbered and (this season, at least) oft-frustrated Mets fans. And he wasn't about to take it lying down.
"I give back as good as I get," Sample said.