Last week Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal were spotted in Park Slope walking around. The were also supposedly holding hands, but we all know how celebrity gossip goes – if they had actually been holding hands reports would have included accounts of a make-out session. A more innocent explanation might be that they’re just friends, but only time, and perhaps a few of Taylor’s classic tell-all songs, will reveal the truth of the Brooklyn stroll.
If there’s any neighborhood worth exploring, Park Slope is it. Park Slope was named the best place in the city (yes, that includes Manhattan) to live by statistician Nate Silver. So is it any surprise that among the families, cyclists and brunchers who wander the streets of this much desired Brooklyn neighborhood the occasional celebrity wanders by as well? After all, not only do plenty of celebs visit the area, there are even one or two who have become residents. Jake’s sister actually lives in Park Slope, so it is possible he was introducing Taylor to it’s better-than-all-other-NYC-neighborhoods appeal.
In typical Park Slope fashion, the mentions on local blogs of the sighting were decidedly low-key. The news seems to have excited their respective fans much more than it has riled up local Park Slopers. After all, celeb sightings are nothing new. Norah Jones, who lives in nearby Cobble Hill, has been spotted at Prospect Park. Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly used to live right in Park Slope before absconding for Tribeca. Plenty of artists live in the area as well, taking some of the celebrity glamour away from the sighting. Whatever the truth of the sighting, it has given Park Slope some extra PR – not that it needs it.