One rainy evening, we took a ride with Kellam Clark, an interior designer and artist who lives and works in a warehouse in Crown Heights. While we rode around visiting some of his pieces, he recounted stories about his neighborhood, his career, and his life. He's turned a warehouse into a workshop/studio/apartment complex, built doors out of reclaimed wood from dumpsters, and cohorted with the prostitutes that used to populate his block. Not to mention the occasional lawsuit from a client who didn't feel like paying for his work.
On the way to his warehouse for the interview, he asked, "Do you like gin?" Before we got rolling, he mixed us both his go-to cocktail: the Aviation. Watching the process of making it was pretty wild. After the interview was done, he made Aviations for all of his crew and roommates, who then sat around drinking, talking, and laughing while his apprentice cooked dinner for everyone. Maybe it was the gin but the whole evening felt surreal...yet at the same time strangely refreshing. Moral of the story: you never know what kind of people you'll meet in a warehouse in Crown Heights after midnight.
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