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What brought you to Brooklyn in the first place?
I came from LA to loft-sit for someone who was going to Europe for a month, 20 years ago. When he decided not to return, i decided not to leave.
What’s the most inspiring or exciting change you’ve witnessed in Brooklyn over the past few years?
The whole Made in Brooklyn/Renaissance thing. Food, bikes, booze, robots, music, clothes, honey, pickles and of course furniture!
And the most worrisome?
Imminent domain and overbuilding without an overall sense of what it will be like when there is so little land left.
What now-closed Brooklyn business do you miss the most?
It was a shame to see Robin des Bois shuttered.
Which more recently opened Brooklyn businesses do you think will be considered as part of the next wave of Brooklyn Institutions?
Not sure when they first opened but 3rd Ward and MakerBot.
Now we’re going to ask you to list a few favorites:
Neighborhood, other than your own: East Williamsburg.
Restaurant: Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos.
Coffee Shop: I stopped doing coffee.
Park: Fort Greene.
Old-School Brooklyn Institution: Sunny's bar.
Under what circumstances, if any, would you consider leaving Brooklyn?
If it gets too overbuilt it will lose it's edge and charm. Maybe then.
Photo by Austin McAllister