New Bohemians

It is warm again and life resumes, with bright colors, cold drinks and, hopefully, a warm body between the sheets. Here are some more Brooklyn notables who know what it takes to get shit done in the sun.

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Occupation: Head designer for The Reformation; guitar player and vocals for Bad Girlfriend

Years in New York: 10

What neighborhood do you live in? Williamsburg

Where are you originally from? Dallas, Texas

What brought you to New York? I came to New York for college and just stayed. I went to Parsons for fashion design.

Favorite things to do in New York? Walking around is No. 1. That’s my absolute favorite thing about New York: Walking from neighborhood to neighborhood. I also love seeing music here, whether it’s going to Radio City Music Hall or Death By Audio.

Best New York moment: Seeing James Brown get into a limo before he passed away. He was wearing head to toe red leather. Work.

Anything exciting you’re working on now? I think my job at Reformation is always exciting, always expanding. And the band is wrapping up recording our first full length record, we’re really proud of it.

Where do you see yourself in five years? God, who knows!? Every time I feel like I’m settled and things are on course they get turned around, but I will probably still be in New York because it’s my favorite city.

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Don Panicko

Occupation: Bartender/Main squeeze at Skytown

Years in New York: 6

What neighborhood do you live in? Bed-Stuy/Lefferts Gardens

Where are you originally from? Orange County, California

What brought you to New York? A new identity, freedom and that special home feeling.

Favorite things to do in New York? Walking and sharing meals with beautiful people.

Best New York moment: Kayaking on the Hudson River while singing songs with the best during a late night lightning storm.

Anything exciting you’re working on now? About to hike the Appalachian Trail to learn about myself and other things for a while.

Where do you see yourself in five years? Walking and sharing meals with more beautiful people.

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Melati Malay

Occupation: Artist

Years in New York: 6

What neighborhood do you live in? Williamsburg

Where are you originally from? Indonesia

What brought you to New York? Love

Favorite things to do in New York? To wander the streets, talk to strangers, visit Dashwood Books and Beautiful Dreamers, enjoy a show and walk around another corner.

Best New York moment: Fighting with landlords

Anything exciting you’re working on now? The next Young Magic record

Where do you see yourself in five years? Undecided.

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Orion Jenkins

Occupation: Barista/Lothario

Years in New York: 4

What neighborhood do you live in? East Williamsburg

Where are you originally from? Oahu, Hawaii

What brought you to New York? Idealism and misplaced trust. New York is sort of a magnet for broken people, isn’t it?

Favorite things to do in New York? Dancing insensibly to soul music. Wine and jazz on strange balconies. Black and white movie marathons. Complaining about gentrification over absinthe and oysters.

Best New York moment: The first time I came back from a road trip, saw the city rising bright against the night sky and thought, ‘Home.’

Anything exciting you’re working on now? A tedious and enthralling collection of short fiction to be published posthumously.

Where do you see yourself in five years? In a large ranch house, surrounded by friends, living out the epicurean ideal.

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Sophie C’est la Vie

Occupation: Tattoo Artist

Years in New York: 3

What neighborhood do you live in? Williamsburg

Where are you originally from? A tiny town named Killeen in Texas

What brought you to New York? I was looking for a place that offered unlimited opportunities and was diverse as well as eclectic

Favorite things to do in New York? I love eating here, there are so many rad restaurants, always something tasty to eat. Also the vintage shopping — edit ALL the shopping is to die for.

Best New York moment: There are too many to name, I can’t narrow it down to one.

Anything exciting you’re working on now?  I’m working on paintings for my first solo art show opening Sept. 13th.

Where do you see yourself in five years? I see myself being a more seasoned traveler,  maintaining a steady body of fine art work and working freely and internationally in any creative way that comes my way.

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Maxwell Hazan

Occupation: Motorcycle builder

Years in New York: 5

What neighborhood do you live in? Northside Williamsburg

Where are you originally from? Port Washington, N.Y.

What brought you to New York? Past profession (interior design & contracting) work was split between Manhattan and Long Island; Williamsburg was the most appealing option on the table.

Favorite things to do in New York? Junk/salvage shopping, summertime rides on the West Side.

Best New York moment: The day I rode my bike down Kent Avenue to the workshop knowing that I was going there to build motorcycles for a living and no longer cabinetry for my contracting company. It was the first Monday morning in eight years that I didn’t dread going to work and the first time I felt I knew what I wanted … and had it.

Anything exciting you’re working on now? Royal Enfield powered custom build

Where do you see yourself in five years? If I’m lucky, doing the same, five years wiser.

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  • S.I.123
    April 9, 2017 at 04:00

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