The People in Your Neighborhood: Jason Kelly of Fergus & Geronimo

02/03/2011 3:59 PM |

Jason and Andrew
  • Jason and Andrew

We’re back with The People in Your Neighborhood, our ongoing search to find out where the coolest kids in Brooklyn hang out and whether any of them use the same laundromat as us. This edition sees Jason Kelly, who, along with Andrew Savage, form the genre-imploding band Fergus & Geronimo, comb through his favorite spots in ever-nebulous “East Williamsburg,” but you can hear him skid through 50 years of rock influences on their new album, Unlearn, or tonight at Union Pool, where they’ll play with Easter Vomit and PC Worship. When we saw these guys open for Yuck last week at Glasslands, they sounded like Sebadoh fronting a doo-wop band, so the show comes recommended… but first let’s see where the new Brooklynite (via Denton, Texas) goes to buy used vinyl and groceries:

Neighborhood:
East Williamsburg

Best place to people watch?
The trash room (aka our spare room/living room that overlooks Grand).

Best place to drink?
Second Chance (sweet punk/proto-punk jukebox as well as an awesome karaoke night), our place, Daddy’s.

Best restaurant?

If we’re talking super close, there’s a great Asian place directly below us called Hachi, although we hate it when they play shitty techno all night.

Best bookstore or record store?

For used vinyl, Record Grouch.

Best grocery store/farmers’ market?
The place three stores down (I have no idea what it’s called).

Best laundromat?
Whatever’s open and close.

Best outdoor spot?
Our patio is pretty sweet — it overlooks Lady Jay’s and sometimes peer over to see what drunks folks are up to.

Best place to attend a show/view a piece of art/see a movie?
Shea Stadium

Best coffee shop?
Puerto Rico Importing Company

Best subway line?
I mostly walk, but the L is super close and it rarely has issues, so I guess the L.

Best date spot?
My house with some weed, beer and records, but if we’re trying to go out the list is endless.

Best person whose name you don’t know?
Cute ol’ ladies two blocks over, they’re always loungin’ porch side.

According to neighborhood folklore, are there any celebrities living in the area?
Steven Burns from Blues Clues lives a few blocks away.

Which are there more of: dogs, bodega cats, strollers, American Apparel ads or old men on stoops?

Oh man, bodega cats. There is this bodega cat a few stores down, and sometimes I go there just to hang out with the cat. He’s the sweetest little guy.

What’s missing from your neighborhood?

I can’t think of anything, actually.

What has been the biggest change since you’ve moved in?
Adjusting to the noise. There is constantly music blasting from the various businesses around us. I’ve been really sleep deprived since moving here. It’s cool though.

It’s a Saturday night in February. You don’t feel like traveling very far but are antsy for a night out. Where do you go?
Second Chance, Daddy’s, Shea Stadium, The Ontario, maybe Lady Jay’s, Bushwick Country Club