This week’s episode is a bit different. It’s more of a “best of” episode. We’re doing Hello Brookladelphia! differently because these were interviews I conducted before deciding to turn it into a podcast. Since this is Episode 3, I’m going to give you three Brookladelphians. We have Jack, Sophie and Lauren.
I met up with Jack Boogie deep in the inner sanctum of the Park Slope Co-Op. Jack is Philadelphia, but now calls Brooklyn home, though that will be changing soon. I met Jack through Chef Chris Scott from Brooklyn Commune. Jack took me on a tour of the co-op and gave me a strong pitch to join. I’m still thinking about it. I couldn't help but notice that Jack is the mayor of his world. Greeting his citizens with smiles and affirmation. With every step and turn of the isle came a, “Jack,” “Hey Jack,” or “Hello.” I couldn’t wait to sit down and talk to him. We finally settle at a table in employee’s kitchen, but within a minute or two, Jack was pulled into conversation with a passerby.
Jack is full of contagious energy. He talked about his time living in Philly, the transition to Brooklyn, and the possible move back to Brooklyn.
Sophie and I linked up on a chilly winter afternoon at a cafe in Fort Greene. She’s a New Yorker who moved to Philly and recently moved to Brooklyn. She “blames” her move to Philly on Jill Scott and The Roots. Sophie and I talked about Philly’s apprehensiveness to “outsides,” and it’s love for authenticity. Two characteristics Philly and Brooklyn share. The topics also turned our attention to the gentrification. It’s in full-swing in Brooklyn and in infancy in Philly.
Lauren is a Brookladelphian by proxy. She’s from Brooklyn, lives in Delaware, but works in downtown Philly. Lauren’s roots in Brooklyn are particularly interesting because she’s not from the typical place you’d think of when you hear, “I’m from Brooklyn.” Lauren and I met up at Dilworth Plaza. The space still blows my mind. I remember when it was a catch-all for the homeless and skateboarders. Now it’s a shining jewel for the city.