Here's the thing, though. Today we hear from Alex Craig, who, along with his high school buddy Ian Drennan, fronts no-longer noisy pop band Big Troubles and, contrary to popular belief, technically lives in New Jersey: a magical land where kids brought up on Smashing Pumpkins and Oasis form bands like it's their job. (See: Real Estate, Ducktails, Family Portrait, Julian Lynch, etc.) Lucky for us, Craig and Co. play in Brooklyn all the time and apparently have a buddy named Ari, whose apartment on Nassau Avenue the frequently visit — plus we just really like their album, Romantic Comedy, that came out last week on Slumberland — so we asked him to speak on behalf of Brooklyn to see where the band hangs out when they're on this side of the river. Find out below, then catch them at Bowery Ballroom on November 23 with Real Estate. Ridgewood forever, right?
Best place to people watch?
Just the occasional odd hat who walks into Ari's apartment.
Best place to drink?
The Polish Bodega outside Ari's apartment on Nassau Ave.
Best bookstore or record store?
Sound Fix has all the hottest new releases we're looking for, but I haven't been in a while.
Best grocery store/farmers' market?
Mr. Kiwi's on Myrtle
Luka [bassist] cleaned a mustard stain off his shirt in the back of Daddy's once...
Best place to attend a show/view a piece of art/see a movie?
The Rock Shop: It's where rock lives.
Best coffee shop?
Best subway line?
M train on weekdays, Sam's [drummer] car on weekends.
Best date spot?
A delicious meal prepared by Toshio at Supercore, followed by a restless night alone on Ari's couch, recounting missteps.
Best person whose name you don't know?
The apologetic homeless gentleman that frequents Ari's steps.
According to neighborhood folklore, are there any celebrities living in the area?
We hear Ducktails lives across from Ari's apartment in Greenpoint.
Which are there more of: dogs, bodega cats, strollers, American Apparel ads or old men on stoops?
Moms... We live in New Jersey.
What's missing from your neighborhood?
What has been the biggest change since you've moved in?
It's a Saturday night in September. You don't feel like traveling very far but are antsy for a night out. Where do you go?
Drive to Brooklyn and hang out at Ari's apartment.