Where do you get your inspiration?
All over the place, it’s hard to pinpoint. I have lists and lists of visual stuff that I bookmark for a rainy day. Film title sequences, restaurant menus, falling apart old shop signs, silly things you overhear on the subway, animated GIFs – anything.
How long have you lived in Williamsburg and what is it about the community you love?
About 3 years. I like that it has a bit of everything. Old, new, fancy, cheap. I like that the buildings and vistas are a mixture of old industrial and residential. Unfortunately though, it’s completely over-gentrified, so the less-advantaged communities and the artists have mostly been pushed out for shiny stuff. As harsh at that is, I suppose it’s part of the neighborhood’s story. Williamsburg has seen it all. Ask me again in a few years, and I might not love it. For a reality jolt, I’d definitely recommend watching the documentary Los Sures for a look at the Southside of Williamsburg in the 70s and 80s, when it was one of the poorest neighborhoods. Then after that, go and have a steak at Peter Luger.
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