!!! (Chk Chk Chk) frontman Nic Offer gives us a virtual tour of Bedford-Stuyvesant, his local neighbourbood in Brooklyn, NYC.
A pretty classic Brooklyn-y Brooklyn area, quickly being gentrified... so I guess becoming a nu-Brooklyn-y Brooklyn.
Probably us and Jay Z... tho I never see him around. Sateen is the best new artist I've heard.
If it ain't a house show, then you have to go to Manhattan. I don't really have a favorite; they're all decent, but rarely incredible... Music Hall Of Williamsburg while not so glamorous and New York-y has the best sight lines and is probably the best sounding.
Literally right next to our house. I'm not gonna say the name of the place, cos it's always advertised as an undisclosed location. They put us on the guest list cos we're the neighbors and I often stop by around 4am or so, and it's fuckin' kickin'. Druggier than I usually am these days, yes, but that's how they go 'til noon.
There's a guy who always sets up on the street on Greene between Adelphi and Carlton. I usually find a couple good things from him. Lots of disco, dancehall, and hip-hop.
The pizza spot closest to my house is good in a pinch, but the best one a short walk from my house is Luigi's at 326 Dekalb. It's got the walk up window and I'm a guy on the go, so I need that. Tho often, I just go to the campus across the street. There's a good cat there named Shadow. He always needs a friend when class isn't in session.
Lovers Rock is chill; nice backyard. I'd always rather drink outside and we Americans don't always get to do that.
Biggie is from here, if you've never seen this, enjoy yourself:
That I jumped on top of a cop car and shouted out the lyrics to "Pardon My Freedom" when they tried to break up our party. The myth part is that it was a cop car (but what do I know? I was wasted).
Anytime people ask for touristy things, I just tell them to walk any of the bridges. Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg, Queensboro, they're all completely different experiences, and all fantastic. Visit day or night - my favorite is probably the Manhattan bridge tho, you can see the Brooklyn Bridge from there and there's no tourists.
Fort Greene Park is where I used to jog and have finished many a book there.
I got no complaints. Could use more subway stops maybe?
The parks are great here. There's a lot more trees than you'd think New York would have.