Well, the folks at San Francisco magazine have responded with a map of their own.
Now, I can't vouch for everything here (I know little about New Jersey suburbs — in fact, we haven't set foot in the Garden State once since moving here in 2012). But most of the choices for the New York City neighborhoods make sense to me.
Having Chinatown = Chinatown is probably the safest pick.
The Upper West Side is Berkeley, which I suppose speaks to the bohemian nature of both places.
Roosevelt Island is Alameda, another well-informed choice. Both islands are family-friendly and have a 1950s vibe (unfortunately, Roosevelt Island is 1950s in an Eastern Bloc country).
|Roosevelt Island photo courtesy of Huffington Post.|
But the two share another sort of kinship. Back in 2002, Alameda considered building a tramway from the island to the West Oakland BART station.
Sadly, it never happened. But I hope there's a "Fringe"-style parallel world in which both Roosevelt Island and Alameda Island have a whirring gondola serving them.