Welcome to the first installment of These Are the People in Your Neighborhood, a new recurring feature where we’ll speak to notable local figures about the Brooklyn neighborhood they call home, which there is a chance will be the exact same neighborhood you call home. See how that works? You’ll be able to find out if you go to the same laundromat, say, as some other person we respect enough to ask about their preference in laundromats, thereby providing you with a new method for determining your self-worth.
Today we hear from longtime Williamsburg resident and Les Savy Fav frontman Tim Harrington. Before you read any further, be sure to pick up your copy of the band’s excellent new album, Root For Ruin.
Best place to people watch?
Hippo Park—on Grand Street and Berry. It is a great playground to watch little kids getting crazy. My family goes there with our kids.
Best place to drink?
The damp root cellar in my building has a certain maudlin appeal but if I’m in public then, Hippo Park—on Grand Street and Berry.
I’m very into the Commodore these days, but eating a pigs face at Fatty Que is pretty solid as well.
Best bookstore or record store?
Does everyone say Academy? I’d like to pretend the Thing in Greenpoint doesn’t give me hives… How about Desert Island Books on Metropolitan.
Best grocery store/farmer’s market?
I like key foods on Mcguinness or Marlow & Daughters
We have a laundry machine in our building but I used to be partial to the Laundromat just up from and across from Crest on Metropolitan.
Best outdoor spot?
Williamsburg Bridge on a windy day.
Best place to attend a show/view a piece of art/see a movie?
Death By Audio.
Best coffee shop?
I’m pretty well spazzed without caffeine. Still, I love that New Orleans Iced Coffee at Blue Bottle—even if their hippie cups start biodegrading before I can finish drinking one.
Best subway line?
The 7 is Heaven. Even if it breaks the Borough bounds. The JMZ into the City is not without it’s charms though.
Best date spot?
Hotel Delmano followed by a night at the Bushwick Hotel on the corner of Bushwick and Stagg behind the High School of Enterprise Football field.
Best person whose name you don’t know?
For over a decade I’ve been a fan of the fellow who dresses like a goth Victorian grade school teacher. I think he works at the Strand and was in a semi-seminal B-Movie themed Garage/Punk band. I also think he doesn’t read this. At least I hope he doesn’t. I’d be embarrassed. I carved an action figure of him once.
According to neighborhood folklore, are there any celebrities living in the area?
I heard BB King lived in the Church Behind The White Castle near Graham Street, but I bet that’s bunk.
Which are there more of: dogs, bodega cats, strollers, American Apparel ads, or old men on stoops?
What’s missing from your neighborhood?
A sweet super market (sorry Tops & C-Town) Or a huge suburban style movie theater. Actually, how about some fucking reasonable rents again?
What’s been the biggest change since you’ve moved in?
There are more restaurants then just Mugs and Planet Thai on Bedford. And there are no fucking reasonable rents If we ever have to move from our “old rent” place we’re doomed.
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?
The damp root cellar in my building has a certain maudlin appeal.