A Sunday in Fowler Square
Brooklyn’s parks are the closest most neighborhoods get to a town square, a refuge for all across class and culture. Coming to you not from the fields of Prospect Park, but the smaller spots across the borough, “A Sunday in…” spotlights residents who turn to the commons — and asks what’s on their mind.
The Brooklyn Eagle visited Fowler Square (a recently revamped public space in Fort Greene), on Sunday afternoon to see how Brooklynites were spending the end of their weekends.
What’s on their minds? Scrabble, pricey restaurants and making out in nightclub bathrooms.
Paul is a lifetime Brooklynite and a retired former Verizon worker.
“The demographics have changed dramatically. It was still a variety of ethnic types back then. And the buildings themselves have changed enormously,” said Paul, who prefers old buildings to new developments.
“The clock building used to be the biggest building around here. The buildings, the people, the population has increased dramatically. For the most part it’s all been good, positive change. But there is more homelessness and housing in general has gotten way out of hand in terms of affordability. Unless you have a darn good income, it’s not going to be a good place to retire.”
Gabriel and Aheli
Gabriel and Aheli, who live in Fort Greene, spent Sunday in Fowler Park eating salad and Cheetos. It’s Aheli’s birthday tomorrow, and they decided to eat lunch in the square before buying groceries to make bolognese Sunday night. They’ve been dating for about five years.
Gabriel proposed to Aheli in the Maldives and recorded the whole thing with a drone.
“I’m meeting a friend to play scrabble, if the sky doesn’t just open up on us,” said Sam Eifling, who has lived all across Brooklyn, in Sunset Park, Prospect Heights, Bedford-Stuyvesant and now Gowanus. “I’ve sort of triangulated this section of Brooklyn,” he said.
Eifling works as a producer on a TV show, and before that he worked as a reporter for the Lexington Herald Leader, the Chicago Tribune and at Florida Today.
Hyunwoo Ward, from Chicago, is a junior at Wesleyan University. Sunday afternoon he was sitting in Fowler Square waiting for a friend to finish their shift at nearby Baba Cool. “I’m staying with a friend of mine in the Bronx. We’ve been here all summer, but are leaving on the 19th to Chicago and then Korea.”
“I like it here, but a lot of these restaurants piss me off. It’s so expensive and bougie,” he said.
Michael and Shaun
Michael and Shaun have been dating for one month — or six months, depending on when you start counting. They met officially in the bathroom of a club in Los Angeles, where they made out. Michael was wearing “an onion skin transparent poncho.”
Today they enjoyed bagels and coffee from La Bagel Delight.
Greg smokes a cigarette in Fowler Square. He came to the United States more than 20 years ago. From where? He won’t say. What do you do, Greg? “It’s personal. I work.”
Where in Brooklyn do you live? “It’s personal.”
Gisburg, a singer and composer who lives in Greenpoint, waits for a friend who is over at the BAM Film Festival. “I was on the way to Mo’s Bar, but I thought, it’s nicer to wait here than a bar.”