For this week's installment of The Hello Brookladelphia! podcast we talked with Hannah Feragen and Conrad Brenner. Hannah is a native Philadelphian living in Brooklyn. She’s a Brookladelphian through and through. During our conversation she said, “It’s cool to think, the rest of you exist because of us." I think that's as Philly proud as it gets. Conrad is also a native Philadelphian and still lives there. He’s not necessarily a Brookladelphian, but the work he’s doing with his insanely popular Streets Department blog deserves some recognition.
Hannah and I met up on a chilly winter day in Williamsbug at Sweethaus cafe. She’s relatively new to Brooklyn and works as an mechanical engineer. That’s right gentlemen, she’s smarter than you and I. Combined. Hannah was a ball of awesome energy stuffed in a skully and t-shirt. Adding to the energetic atmosphere was the Sweethaus's bustling kitchen as it churned out tasty tea and delectable desserts. We talked about her gig, adjusting to Brooklyn’s pace, and what it means to be a Philadelphian.
Conrad is part of Philadelphia’s current arts and culture renaissance. He’s a Philly-based photographer documenting the city’s street art, graffiti and everything else cool. Conrad and I met a couple years ago at an Philly instagram meet-up and while he was popular then, but he’s really taken off since; he’s collaborated with big brands and I think of him as one of the cultural spokespeople for Philadelphia. For this podcast interview Conrad and I sat down at Stars and Stripes on Chestnut Street in Philly. It’s a beautifully curated men’s and women’s boutique and highly recommended. Surrounded by American-made and quality clothes we talked about the Philly-made resurgence and some of the projects he’s working on.