You can live in New York for years and not spend enough time in all it's storied corners. The actor Charlie Solis and I spent a morning in Brooklyn Heights, a place I hadn't yet explored as much as I should have. Flanked by the East River and running against the Brooklyn Bridge, it's a neighborhood that overlooks some of the most beautiful parts of the city. For Charlie it was a first home in New York, full of memories collected as he was studying film. He tells me about the reconstructed Hotel St George, once a see-and-be-seen lounge for early 20th century celebs, still a centerpiece of the neighborhood. And the Clark Street subway, dug so deep that it's accessible only by elevator. We walk along the elevated promenade overlooking the river, the Manhattan skyline in full view. In a map drawn from memory, Charlie captures Brooklyn Heights's charmed landmarks, surrounded by streets named Pinapple, Orange, and Love Lane.
(Here I asked Charlie to draw me a map of Brooklyn Heights as he remembered it)