Catey Shaw’s ‘Brooklyn Girls,’ Fact Checked by Someone Who Has Never Been to Brooklyn

By Philip Cosores

If there’s one thing I know little about, it is Brooklyn.

As someone that has never been there, couldn’t find it on a map of New York City, doesn’t know a single street or attraction within it, a song like Catey Shaw‘s “Brooklyn Girls” seems pretty on top of things.

But will it survive a dreaded fact check?


“11206 where all the fly Brooklyn chicks reside”

This is in fact a ZIP code in Brooklyn, specifically one known as “East Williamsburg.” FACT CHECKED

“Combat boots in the summer, subway running under, see her on the Lower East Side”

As confirmed using Yelp, combat boots are sold in Brooklyn, so that isn’t a stretch, nor is the subway. But, where the song takes its first wrong turn, is when they are suddenly on the Lower East Side, which an editor that is currently in New York confirms is not Brooklyn. Why would a Brooklyn girl ever leave Brooklyn?

“When she walks there’s a fire, and she’s got her own style”

More than 15,000 Brooklyn crimes a year classified as violent would explain the walk, but taking a small step back, if they all have combat boots, how can each of these girls have their own style?

“Brooklyn Girls walk into a room and rule the world”

Notable Brooklyn girls: Aaliyah, Foxy Brown, Lena Dunham, Edie Falco, Anne Hathaway, Rita Hayworth, Carole King, Rosie Perez, MC Lyte, Joan Rivers and Barbra Streisand. FACT CHECKED

“Brooklyn Girls, tough and pretty, they break the rules”

It would appear that by looking through Brooklyn crime stories, Brooklyn boys are much more eager to break rules. No data to support claims that these troublemakers are in fact “pretty.”

“Jay Z bumps on her headphones”

Former owner of less than 0.07% Brooklyn Nets. Has a song called “Brooklyn Go Hard.” FACT CHECKED

“Getting it on in the bathroom stall”


“We will freeze up your popsicle”

Since Katy Perry swears that California gurls will “melt your popsicle,” it’s logical to assume that Brooklyn girls, all the way on the other side of the country, may in fact be able to freeze your popsicle during a chilly winter or with help from an extremely powerful air conditioner during a humid summer. We’ll give her the benefit of the doubt here. FACT CHECKED

“They all wanna catch our kitty”

No evidence to be found that Brooklyn girls have trouble locating their pet cats.

“Wait for the L Train”

This is a real train, that goes right through Brooklyn. FACT CHECKED


So it would appear, that besides a few missteps, most of “Brooklyn Girls” is pretty accurate in describing life for a Brooklyn Girl. After all, Catey Shaw is a real Brooklyn girl, via Virginia Beach.

She tells Paper Magazine, “I immediately knew I wanted [the video] to be in Brooklyn and I wanted a lot of shots of where I actually lived. It’s the real Brooklyn!”

But why the need for such a truthful depiction of Brooklyn? “Ever since I moved [to Brooklyn],” Shaw says, “it allowed me to become the person and artist I always wanted to be. When I first moved there after dropping out of school, I finally felt like a real person.”

Well, there you have it. Her EP, titled Brooklyn, is due on September 9.


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