Is Lancaster really a mini-Brooklyn?


LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A city with strong culture, design, and a rich culinary scene is how a New York Post article describes Lancaster.

The story published Tuesday gives high praises to the Red Rose City, saying “downtown Lancaster doesn’t resemble its Amish surroundings so much as it does a mini-Brooklyn.”

“I believe the post said and quoted us as being an artisan capital the East Coast,” said Lee Lovett, the manager of the Red Raven Art Company.

Lovett, who owns the gallery on Prince Street, is featured in the travel article.

The New York Post also shines a spotlight on Gallery Row, which has more than 40 independent artists.

Lovett told ABC27 News it’s not uncommon to find a big city dealer.

“We are finding that a lot of our customers are from Washington, New York, Philadelphia, or Baltimore,” she said.

Lancaster’s food scene also scored high remarks. Restaurants like the Press Room are spotlighted for young chefs bringing a unique flare to the city.

“We’re a lot more than Amish,” said Annie Weeks, director of Lancaster’s visitor center. “People are always surprised that there is a city here.”

Weeks said after folks get over the “wow” factor, they realize Lancaster has a lot to offer.

“When that article says that we’ve always been doing farm to table, that’s true,” she said.

While some were thrilled to hear the comparisons to the Empire State, others like Erica Millner, who has spent time in Brooklyn, said she wants to make sure Lancaster keeps its own identity.

“We don’t want to be Brooklyn in a lot of ways,” she said. “I want to see something better for Lancaster.”

Millner is a co-owner of Mio Studio, another unique shop mentioned in the Post article. She felt that calling Lancaster a mini-Brooklyn was a fair comparison.

“Brooklyn is really a great place to be and it’s one of the most diverse populations,” she said.

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