A story declaring California bagels the best sparked a war between east and west coasts, but the list doesn’t end there

A New York Times article is claiming the unthinkable: that California bagels are better than their counterparts in the five boroughs. The headline – The Best Bagels Are in California (Sorry, New York), was an affront to the newspaper’s own home town, and sparked an east coast-west coast flame war the San Francisco Chronicle called “the perfect storm of internet drama”. “Yeah, absolutely not,” wrote New York’s mayor, Bill De Blasio, on Twitter. Brooklyn’s borough president called the claim “madness”. The owner of one of the California shops in question, Berkeley’s Boichik Bagels, told NBC Bay Area she “basically fell over” when she heard the news.

As an east coast transplant to the west, I feel it’s my duty to add more fuel to the fire. Here are five other things California does better than New York:

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 1:00am