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Nov 11, 2011 12:34 PM

Suggestion for the Chowhound website- Outer Boroughs

[This post was moved from the Outer Boroughs Board. --The Chowhound Team]

Brooklyn is the largest borough by population with Queens a close second. Queens is the most diverse and the largest in area. As a resident of Queens, where food choice abound, I really don't travel much to the other boroughs.

Manhattan has it's own page. I think each of the boroughs deserves its own page too. Because frankly, I'm not interested in where I can get the best coffee in Brooklyn.

How about a little love for the individual boroughs? Give us our own pages.

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  1. Sorry to disappoint, but that's really unlikely to happen. The Manhattan / Outer Boroughs split doesn't really work perfectly in a lot of ways -- many people are willing to cross those boundaries and having such a tiny area split into two boards forces an unnatural divide in the conversation. We have to have boundaries between boards somewhere, and all of them cause some level of schisms because dining doesn't follow political borders, but I don't anticipate splitting an area that's already very finely divided even more finely.

    -- Jacquilynne, Community Manager for Chowhound

    6 Replies
    1. re: Jacquilynne

      I was going to say that disappointingly there is really not all that much traffic on outer boroughs these days, so that scrolling through the whole board daily doesnt take much time - the change is much less warranted than many others although I guess there would be an argument that traffic might increase if the discussions were more local.. It would really help OP and others tho if folks included the neighborhood name in their posts.

      I actually think it would be great to recombine NYC with some kind of a borough field to fill in that is visible.

      1. re: jen kalb

        >> there is really not all that much traffic on outer boroughs these days

        Actually, it's busier than many of the other boards.

        One way you can determine how much traffic there is, is to check how many days of posts are on the first page of the forum list (the most recently updated 50 topics). If it's just a few days, the board has a lot of traffic; if it's several weeks, the board has less traffic. Here's what I found by checking them right now:

        Outer Boroughs 7 days
        Manhattan 3 days
        New York State 8 days
        The Best 90+ days
        Greater Boston Area 3 days
        Southern New England 7 days
        Northern New England 23 days
        DC/Baltimore 5 days
        Philadelphia 11 days
        Pennsylvania 40 days
        New Jersey 8 days
        Mid-Atlantic 52 days

        1. re: nsxtasy

          Nsxtasy, if you lived here you would have noted the drop off too. Its just a much thinner discussion than in the past. with some bright spots, like the discussins of Flushing.

          Im just glad the communityis still here, but it is not the only game in town for food information, discussion and writing any more. Thats why I think management should be brainstorming more about making chowhound a slicker interface for finding opinions, mapping, etc If people enter and cant find the info they want, they go elsewhere.

          1. re: jen kalb

            Is there something going on with Outer Boroughs since December 7th? I am not seeing ANYTHING updated.

            1. re: Mike R.

              Do you see this post (started about 9 hours ago)?

              Did you somehow get switched over from "last post" to "date started"?

              1. re: Servorg

                Possibly...looks like the issue resolved...thx!