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Best person whose name you don't know?
What does that even mean?! I think it would have to be the people we don't seem to thank enough, like our sanitation workers or something. I mean try to imagine New York City without those guys. No one would live here.
Best celebrity in the neighborhood?
No celebs live near me, aside from the extremely influential rabbis that I'm sure are famous in their communities. Patrick Stewart is apparently in Park Slope. He's an incredible actor, I have a ton of respect for that guy. If I saw him on the street, I would probably do something weird, like try to kiss his hand.
Which are there more of: dogs, bodega cats, strollers, American Apparel ads, or old men on stoops?
Oh, easily strollers. I think there's a real value on having large families in the Hasidic community. There are so many children around. It's really full of life!
What's missing from your neighborhood?
A good coffee shop. I'd love to sit down and do some writing without having to get on the subway. A Staples would also be handy, as I'm always in need of a new printer cartridge.
What's been the biggest change since you've moved in?
I'm seeing more and more artists venturing far from Manhattan in order to escape recession-proof rent increases. It still hasn't hit critical mass, but I think in the next few years, things will really start to feel different in Borough Park and Bensonhurst.
It's a Saturday night in January; you don't feel like traveling very far but you're antsy for a night out. Where do you go?
I get on that D train and I head over to Atlantic Center area or Union Street. I can be at Atlantic in 15 minutes if the stars align.
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