Hey, it’s The People in Your Neighborhood, our new recurring feature where we talk with notable local figures about their favorite people and places in the neighborhood they call home! In hopes that you find out you like the same things/places as a notable figure! Today we hear from Travis Johnson, singer/guitarist in Grooms, a Brooklyn-based band we’ve loved since they were called something other than Grooms. They play tonight at Death By Audio, along with Japandroids, A Place to Bury Strangers and Duston Wong.
Best place to people watch?
Probably the McDonalds on a weekend night, at like 3-5AM. Yikes, do the drunken club kids ever come out, in search of quarter-pounders.
Best place to drink?
It took me two years to realize this, but probably Black Rabbit, on Greenpoint Ave. Super chilled out vibe. You can read and sip whiskey and no one will think that you’re being a prig or something.
Brooklyn Label. Pretty consistently great food, good coffee, you can sit for hours and keep getting refills and reading or working or whatever. I like the vibe and the staff a bunch. It’s also just down the street from me so I’m there a lot.
Best record store?
Was Eat, now it’s Permanent.
Best grocery store/farmer’s market?
The Garden. Pricey though.
Franklin and India has a good one. I do mine at work though.
Best outdoor spot?
Best place to attend a show/view a piece of art/see a movie?
I don’t do too much of those here, which is kinda what I like about it. I have to WALK somewhere else for those.
Best coffee shop?
Also Brooklyn Label.
Best subway line?
Best date spot?
The spot at the end of my street where you can see half of Manhattan across the river.
Best person whose name you don’t know?
This really friendly sometimes-cross-dresser who has long dark curly locks.
According to neighborhood folklore, are there any celebrities living in the area?
Not sure. Maybe Burt Reynolds or something.
Which are there more of: dogs, bodega cats, strollers, American Apparel ads, or old men on stoops?
What’s missing from your neighborhood?
I still haven’t found a pizza place I love.
What’s been the biggest change since you’ve moved in?
I’m now surrounded on 3/4 sides by condos.
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 stay in and listen to records, waiting for something to happen, and then it’s 4am and I try to sleep.