Welcome once again to The People in Your Neighborhood, where we’ll speak to notable local figures about day-to-day life in the Brooklyn neighborhood they call home, the idea being that it just might be the exact same neighborhood you call home.
Today we hear from independent show promoter Todd P, whose done more for Brooklyn’s live music scene than pretty much anyone. Go here for a list of his shows, and if you see someone staring at you from the window counter at Dunkin Donuts on Myrtle, well, you know who it is.
Kiwi Heights (aka North Bedford Stuyvesant / “Stuyvesant Heights” / South Bushwick)
Best place to people watch?
Window counter at Dunkin’ Donuts on Myrtle.
Best place to drink?
Gotham City Lounge, tied with Christopher’s Palace, tied with my house, tied with Market Hotel common area.
Las Melissas on Bdwy, tied with El Salvador on Knickerbocker.
Best bookstore or record store?
Best grocery store/farmer’s market?
Food Dimensions, tied with Mr Kiwi.
“The Laundromat” aka “Wash & Dry” – Lewis Ave @ Myrtle Ave.
Best outdoor spot?
Market Hotel rooftop Cosmic Yoga, tied with the patch of grass and pine trees along Willoughby next to St John the Baptist RC church.
Best place to attend a show/view a piece of art/see a movie?
Silent Barn / Showpaper / my living room.
Best coffee shop?
Best subway line?
J train express.
Best date spot?
Popeye’s on Myrtle (after 1am), tied with the Gotham City Lounge (when it’s open).
Best person whose name you don’t know?
Anyone waiting for a hot sandwich at the M&J Broadway Depot deli (recently renamed “the TK Deli,” I think)
According to neighborhood folklore, are there any celebrities living in the area?
Patrick Swayze in Ghost.
Which are there more of: dogs, bodega cats, strollers, American Apparel ads, or old men on stoops?
Mean looking pit bulls that are super nice, tied with cats in windowsills.
What’s missing from your neighborhood?
Bars, movie theaters, venues, restaurants, yellow taxis, food delivery that will come up to your apartment door.
What’s been the biggest change since you’ve moved in?
All the bodegas keep remodeling and changing their names, but the vibes seems to be getting a little rougher simultaneously.
It’s a Saturday night in October. You don’t feel like traveling very far but are antsy for a night out. Where do you go?
I might go see what’s up at the Market Hotel studios common space. The folks there are usually entertaining. That or I’d take a stroll through the aisles at Food Dimensions—it’s a great heated/air-conditioned place to see everyone from the neighborhood, especially foreign tourists who come out to the hood looking for the elusive “Bushwick” scene and find FD’s is the only non-threatening-looking place open.