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About the Healing Necklace That Ended Up On Dru Barnes’s Album Cover

Recently released, “Meet the Regulars: People of Brooklyn and the Places They Love” is Joshua D. Fischer’s debut book, and the first to come from Bedford + Bowery. Here’s a new installment of the series.

Dru Barnes outside Greenpoint’s People of 2morrow (Photo: Phil Provencio)

Right now, Dru Barnes might be better known for what happened to him than for what he’s given to the world. In 2013, the Grammy-nominated musician (formerly of reggae duo JOGYO) was attacked by a stranger wielding a hammer. Walking home to Fort Greene from a long-night hang in Bed-Stuy, Dru took a wrong turn. He was followed, assaulted on the streets of Brooklyn, and caught the claw end of a hammer to his eye – which caused him to lose that eye. What was even more surprising to me was to learn that Dru forgave his attacker (who was caught later).

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Pole Dancing in a Former Polish Social Club? That’s Incredipole!

Out this month, “Meet the Regulars: People of Brooklyn and the Places They Love” is Joshua D. Fischer’s debut book, and the first to come from Bedford + Bowery. Here’s a new installment of the series.

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(Photos: Phil Provencio)

What is “pole fitness”? Isn’t it an exercise fad for bored midwest housewives? “Hopefully it will be one day,” says Karimah Gottschalk, an advertising resource manager by day and pole dancer by evening. “That’ll be the trickle-down effect of it becoming non-stigmatized.” With a thriving competition circuit, the mainstreaming of pole fitness may already be on its way.

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Drummer Emi Kariya Sips Cocktails at The Narrows When She’s Not ‘Party Drinking’

Out this month, “Meet the Regulars: People of Brooklyn and the Places They Love” is Joshua D. Fischer’s debut book, and the first to come from Bedford + Bowery. Here’s a new installment of the series.

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Emi Kariya (Photos: Phil Provencio)

For more than eight years, Emi Kariya has lived in Bushwick. Nowadays, she finds the neighborhood to be “hip to the max.” Says the 42-year-old drummer and designer, “I don’t have to go to Williamsburg anymore. I used to bike all the way there for every show, every hang. Friends would only hang in Williamsburg. They wouldn’t come here. Now they all travel here. And it’s great.” Now they travel here to spots like The Narrows, the cocktail bar where Emi is a regular.

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Jean-Pierre Roy Eats at Le Fond Cuz It’s Not Part of ‘Brooklyn: The Musical’

Coming this May, “Meet the Regulars: People of Brooklyn and the Places They Love” is Joshua D. Fischer’s debut book, and the first to come from Bedford + Bowery. Here’s a new installment of the series.

(Photo:  Phil Provencio)

(Photo: Phil Provencio)

Having lived in East Williamsburg for more than a decade, painter Jean-Pierre Roy has also been priced out or kicked out of multiple artist studio spaces in Williamsburg, Bushwick, and Greenpoint – where he currently toils daily from noon to eight. Fortunately, this most recent shift in studios helped introduce him to the Michelin Guide “recommended restaurant” Le Fond. His bike route between his apartment and studio sees him passing the young, French bistro daily.

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Riot Grrrl Molly Neuman Loves Ovenly’s ‘Unique Spices’ and Mellow Vibe

Coming this May, “Meet the Regulars: People of Brooklyn and the Places They Love” is Joshua D. Fischer’s debut book, and the first to come from Bedford + Bowery. Here’s a new installment of the series.

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Molly Neuman, former drummer for legendary lady-punk outfits like Bratmobile, has been connected to the heavenly bakery Ovenly since before it even began. A decade ago, she was in a supper club with future Ovenly co-owner Agatha Kulaga. Back then, Agatha talked of plans to create baked goods shop that would artfully blend sweet with savory. Eventually, she and her partner Erin Patinkin opened a place that was “inspired by the Eastern European flavors of their youths,” and Ovenly cookies and scones began appearing in cafes like Little Zelda, where Molly lives in Crown Heights.

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‘This Is My Gym’: Illustrator Jeremy Nguyen Gets His Workout at Drink N’ Draw

The debut book from Joshua D. Fischer – and the first to come from Bedford + Bowery – is called Meet the Regulars: People of Brooklyn and the Places They Love.” To get you psyched for this hardcover collection of photos and interviews (out in May from Skyhorse Publishing), here’s another new installment of the series.

(Photos: Joshua Fischer)

(Photos: Joshua Fischer)

As an avid and committed artist, Jeremy Nguyen visits Drink n’ Draw sessions all over New York. But he considers himself a regular at the one every Wednesday at Bat Haus, a coworking space in Bushwick. This is where 26-year-old Jeremy goes to “work out” his life-drawing skills. It’s where he’s met friends and girlfriends. It’s where he vets potential candidates for gigs at a day job at a digital comics publisher. Most importantly, it’s where he can hang out with people without having to just go to a bar. “I’m kind of a lightweight,” he says.

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Kashana Cauley Thinks The Commodore Is a ‘Superlative’ Dive Bar

The debut book from Joshua D. Fischer – and the first to come from Bedford + Bowery – is called Meet the Regulars: People of Brooklyn and the Places They Love. To get you psyched for this hardcover collection of photos and interviews (out in May from Skyhorse Publishing), here’s another new installment of the series.

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

“Whenever you have a good fried chicken plate, you’re kind of giving a shoutout to blackness,” says writer Kashana Cauley. As a regular, she definitely believes The Commodore, in Williamsburg, rocks good fried chicken. And she should know: her grandparents are from the South and made a mean fried chicken and biscuits. As we get our fingers greasy on all this fried goodness, the Madison, Wisconsin native praises Brooklyn as well. “It’s the blackest place I’ve ever lived,” she says. “I love that. Just walking down the street and being another black woman. I never had that.”

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Actor Richard Mark Jordan Finds the Good Things About Texas at Skinny Dennis

The debut book from Joshua D. Fischer – and the first to come from Bedford + Bowery – is called Meet the Regulars: People of Brooklyn and the Places They Love.” To get you psyched for this hardcover collection of photos and interviews (out in May from Skyhorse Publishing), here’s another new installment of the series.

(Photo: Phil Provencio)

(Photo: Phil Provencio)

With peanut shells littered on the floor beneath his boots, an American flag draped over a dirty tin wall to his right, and vintage country music flyers posted behind him, Richard Mark Jordan praises the authenticity and culture of Skinny Dennis. He calls the owners of this Williamsburg honky tonk bar “wizards” for their curatorial skills. And they must be, seeing as they cast a spell on Rich and got the Texas-born Brooklynite to appreciate the South as he never had before.

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Writer Camille Perri Always ‘Steps into Something Special’ at Blue Stove

The debut book from Joshua D. Fischer – and the first to come from Bedford + Bowery – is called Meet the Regulars: People of Brooklyn and the Places They Love.” To get you psyched for this hardcover collection of photos and interviews (out in May from Skyhorse Press), here’s a new installment of the series.

(Photos: Joshua D. Fischer)

(Photos: Joshua D. Fischer)

“I’m not a person who wakes up happy,” says writer Camille Perri. She usually starts her morning with “loads of anxiety and dread for my day,” she says. And so Camille plays a “trick” on herself and heads directly to The Blue Stove bakery. It’s easy to smell why: “When I leave here,” she says, “I smell like butter.” That’s both a good and comforting thing. It’s also an insanely tempting thing.

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Chatting With Some Regulars at Bar Brooklyn… in Sweden

(Photo: Joshua Fischer)

(Photo: Joshua D. Fischer)

Taking a break from writing the Meet the Regulars book (slated to be published by Skyhorse in May 2016), I was visiting a friend in Stockholm, Sweden. As soon as I learned about Bar Brooklyn, a restaurant and bar inspired by Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Brewery, I had to check it out.

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Farewell to Ray Abeyta, Williamsburg Royalty

An outtake from the Regulars photo shoot in August of 2013.

An outtake from the Regulars photo shoot in August of 2013.

I only had one real conversation with Ray Abeyta. Luckily, I captured it for everybody to see. We met at his favorite hangout, the bar-restaurant Five Leaves, so I could interview him for The Regulars. I told him I’d seen him around town for 10 years and we had friends in common. He said I looked familiar. We ordered our drinks and the conversation flowed. His badass personality blazed before me.
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WNYC’s Anna Sale Talks Death, Sex, Money and Tacos at Santos Anne

(Photos: Phil Provencio)

(Photos: Phil Provencio)

If a French-Mexican fusion restaurant sounds weird, that’s only because it is. The thing is, the eclectic, dark but innocuous Santos Anne is weirdly charming. What really makes this place stand out to people who live in Williamsburg is its solid backyard. The value of an asset like that cannot be stressed enough. And regular Anna Sale gets that all too well. The 34-year-old journalist used to live in the neighborhood, and when she did, she’d find solace from the city in a small corner in the backyard lit by a living room lamp. Charming, eclectic, see?
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