A few years ago, a hat was found in Brooklyn. It was found in Park Slope, a leafy enclave of Victorian brownstones and Romanesque Revival houses. This is the neighborhood where parents recently won the right to bring kids in strollers into a local bar. The Good Samaritan who had found the hat posted a notice on the Park Slope Parents Web site, with the subject line: “Found: boy’s hat.” “Adorable navy blue or maybe black fleece hat with triangles jutting out of it in all different colors,” the announcement went. “For older child.” Days of enraged online debate ensued: “What makes this a ‘boy’s hat’? Did you see the boy himself lose it?” “HOW DO YOU KNOW it’s for an older child? What does this say about younger children who happen to have large heads?” “It’s innocent little comments like this that I find the most hurtful.” The hat was never retrieved. In Brooklyn, material goods matter, but other things matter more.

-Patricia Marx. “Borough Hall.” The New Yorker, March 8, 2010: pg 32

If you are brave enough, and bored enough, you can read the full email chain referred to [via Gawker].

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