Listen to my quest to find the most interesting person in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. It was tough, but ultimately I found Igor. Like many others in the neighborhood, including Anna (interview below), Igor swims when most people don’t even think of going near the beach. He swims almost every day of the year.
Well, I’m not there - at least not yet. But here’s an article that ran in an airline magazine last month. So far I have multiple offers from Sao Paulo and an offer to go to Rio and the capital, Brasilia.
I found the most interesting person in Middle East, Baltimore at the Northeast Market, one of 6 remaining public markets in Baltimore. Mary, whose family has been at the market since 1912, recounts fond memories from her earliest days at the market to the more difficult times when male shop owners stood atop the building with guns to defend the building from arson in the late 60’s.
Middle East is also the neighborhood where a lot of the HBO Series The Wire was filmed. It’s eery now, with many homes boarded up (flickr set here), but the Northeast market is still bustling and Mary and her daughter Loretta still have a thriving business.
Julia has lived in SoHo for 81 years. She says the block (where I lived for the week) on Thompson between Prince and Spring is the best block in all of New York City. You can find her “sitting out” at the Porto Rico Coffee roasters shop, which has been around for over 100 years and one of last remaining vestiges of this historic neighborhood.
She says, “even if they gave me a mansion, I wouldn’t leave my apartment.”
The Most Interesting Person in Midtown East - Chicken Delicious
"Chicken" puts on one of the more entertaining and creative acts I’ve seen at a restaurant / bar. He incorporates his 350 flags into his custom designed costumes and will play music relating to your nationality once he figures it out - the night I was there he played German, Armenian, and Iranian music and had flags for each country which we waves as the music is played. The bar is close to the United Nations so there is always an interesting mix of people.
He says of his act, “I never know what’s gonna happen.”