Some local baseball fans may take issue with a new study by the transit website Hopstop.com, which says Forest Hills is a "Yankees neighborhood."
The site dug into its data and analyzed the locations of all searches for directions to both Citi Field and Yankee Stadium since the start of the season — and found that things are looking pretty dismal for the Mets.
“We were surprised by how few Mets neighborhoods there were outside of Queens and Brooklyn, and how extreme the disparity was!” said Alexandra Dao, the Community Manager for HopStop.
According to the study results, Citi Field was out-searched on HopStop by Yankee Stadium by more than a 2-to-1 margin.
Citi Field was less popular in every neighborhood of New York according to the study, including in Forest Hills, which was rated a “Moderate Yankees Neighborhood.” It was ranked at number 24 among 29 Yankee-loving neighborhoods in the borough, while only nine Queens neighborhoods were shown to be bastions of Mets-fandom.
Woodhaven, Woodside, Kew Gardens Hills and Middle Village all had more enthusiasm for CitiField than Forest Hills.
The ultimate dagger in the hearts of Mets fans, however? Flushing, the Mets home turf, is the eighth-strongest Yankee neighborhood in the city, according to Hopstop.
The numbers were even more stark in Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn.
The results were calculated using a formula that diving the number of Yankee direction searches in a neighborhood by the number of home games so far this season, and then divided that number by the number of Mets searches divided by the number of home Mets games.
“The Yankees versus Mets is an ongoing debate in New York,” said Dao, “So we thought it would be fun to look into our data and figure out where each borough and neighborhood's alliances lie.”