We always get a kick out of seeing Baltimore celebrated in high-profile media outlets. I mean, we know Baltimore is awesome, but the rest of the world needs to do some catching up.
So we were delighted to see that New York Magazine chose Baltimore as the subject of its most recent weekend travel piece. The piece, dated October 18, and titled "Go Neighborhood-Hopping in Baltimore" does a pretty good job of eschewing the most obvious tourist traps in favor of slightly more ecclectic picks. The writer seems to have spent a lot of time in Hampden and the piece reflects that focus. Several of the neighborhood's eateries including Golden West Cafe, 13.5% Wine Bar, Artifact Coffee, The Food Market, and Woodberry Kitchen are mentioned, as are art dens Gallery 788 and Minas Gallery and Boutique. Station North and Remington also get shout outs via the Open Walls mural project, Area 405, and Joe Squared and WC Harlan, respectively. The Inner Harbor, Harbor East, Fells Point, and Mt. Vernon also get cursory nods, but really, in this write-up, it's all about Hampden.
Which we guess makes sense. You can't capture the entirety of any city in a single 1,500-word travel piece, especially one as contradictory and confounding as Baltimore. Hell, we publish 12 issues a year about this place and still manage to have more to say, so we can't fault the writer (travel writer Emily Saladino) for selecting an angle and sticking to it. It'd be an unmanageable assignment otherwise. And that she would choose Hampden makes sense. After all, artsy, upscale New York Magazine readers would probably feel right at home on The Avenue with its mix of galleries, boutiques, antique shops, and locavore and specialty eateries. The writer even explicity compares Hampden to the trendy Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg 10 years ago. (Is that a compliment? We're not sure . . . )
But, as locals, we would like to set the record straight on a few things.
1) There are emerging neighborhoods in Baltimore, but Mt. Vernon is not one of them. Anchored by Peabody, the Walters, the Lyric, the Meyerhoff, and several landmark buildings, Mt. Vernon is one of the city's nicest downtown neighborhoods, and it has been for quite some time. "Emerging" is the wrong adjective.
2) Taking a bike ride from "centrally located Hotel Monaco . . . to edgier nearby areas like Mount Vernon and Belvedere," is going to be difficult since, if there is a Baltimore neighborhood named Belvedere, it is nearly six miles away in north Baltimore near Belvedere Square. We suspect the presence of the landmark Belvedere Hotel in Mt. Vernon is what caused the mix-up. Hey-ho. It happens.
3) But what we really couldn't let go—and what inspired this admittedly pedantic blog post—is this sentence near the end of the story: "Independent digital resource What Weekly covers Baltimore’s emerging neighborhoods, cultures, and countercultures. It was rated the city’s best new magazine by old stalwart Baltimore Magazine in 2011." Great. We love What Weekly, and we stand by our Best of Baltimore picks. We're not even (that) mad that they got a hyperlink in the story and we didn't. But what we absolutely can not abide is the misidentification of our publication. We are Baltimore, the same way Newsweek was just plain old Newsweek, not Newsweek Magazine. If you want to clarify that we are a periodical, it is written as Baltimore magazine.
So, New York Magazine, next time you decide to profile good ol' Charm City, shoot us an email. Since we are the city's "stalwart" publiciation, we could maybe help you! We're not called Baltimore for nothing.