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  • PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY AND HIDDEN AGENDAS: SOUTH BROOKLYN.

    all neighborhoods have past lives; evidence of ghosts, memories which shape our view of the present. here, a brief exploration of cobble hill & carroll gardens.

    • Feb 2017
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  • Building on Bond

    1

    American

    what made b.o.b. special was the clientele of writers, screenwriters, actors, musicians, and other creative types. much of BORED TO DEATH was written here.

  • The Brooklyn Circus

    2

    Men's Store

    around corner are the gowanus houses, famous via FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE by jonathan lethem, who grew up next door on dean street. good store, proof of progress?

  • 501 Union

    3

    Event Space

    the hood blindly lurches towards exclusive private playgrounds for self-labeled VIPs. 501 union wants to be a SOHO HOUSE of BKLYN. instead, try lavender lake.

  • Mister Sunday

    4

    Music Venue

    used to be a yard with elm trees. afternoon dance parties attracted amazing new yorkers. last 2 songs ever played here were STRINGS OF LIFE & ALL MY FRIENDS.

  • Caputo's Fine Foods

    5

    Gourmet

    one day, when the last italians leave, it'll be gone. there'll be no more smoked ricotta, no more pastas, all of it made fresh every day. until then, savor it.

  • Black Gold Brooklyn

    6

    Record Shop

    records, taxidermy, drip coffee. once a private social club frequented by mobsters, storeroom floor built over a basement parlor that used to host card games.

  • Frankies 457 Spuntino

    7

    Italian

    with a debt to alice waters, frank falcinelli & frank castronovo were amongst the forerunners of the brooklyn culinary movement. momentum started here.

  • Minibar

    8

    Bar

    only room for 8 tables but bar gets it name because owner is himself unusually short. raised floor behind countertop allows him to meet customers eye to eye.

  • Maybelle's Cafe

    9

    Café

    formerly the cammereri brothers bakery, inspiration for MOONSTRUCK as well as a main location. coal-fired ovens still in basement. grab a coffee, they're good.

  • Verandah place

    10

    Other Outdoors

    carriage houses along alley used to store horse-drawn coaches & belonged to various nearby houses, which were inevitably larger. horses kept in the park by day.

  • Montero Bar & Grill

    11

    Dive Bar

    in the back are souvenirs, artifacts & letters from the bar's days as a hide-away for scandinavian longshoremen. once a dive bar, now a hipster karaoke hotspot.

  • BookCourt

    12

    Bookstore

    impossible not to bump into a local writer. past readings include authors such as martin amis, colson whitehead, richard hell, lou reed, miranda july, etc.

  • Bar Tabac

    13

    French

    area was once home to over 40,000 parisian ex-pats. young parisians who came to brooklyn like young americans went to prague. a lively, experimental scene.

  • Avlee Greek Kitchen

    14

    Greek

    behold a sidewalk crime scene! when this was joe’s superette in 2011, lucali's mark iacono & gambino associate benny geritano stabbed each other multiple times!

  • Brooklyn Social

    15

    Cocktail

    carroll gardens still has many private "social clubs," which this speak-easy used to be. some were known to be mob hangouts. if only these walls could talk.

Christian Svanes Kolding

Christian Svanes Kolding