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16 International Photographers Capture the Essence of Their Hometowns
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16 International Photographers Capture the Essence of Their Hometowns

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Matthew Pillsbury

Matthew Pillsbury / Brooklyn, New York

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I was born and brought up in Paris, until I left for college in Connecticut. I used to go to the Jardin du Luxembourg and ride the famous carousel there. The carousel in this picture is right down the hill from where I now live, in Brooklyn. I love the contrast between the restored wooden parts, made by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company in 1922, and the modern Jean Nouvel–designed glass cube around it. I’m fascinated by how the glass mirrors the city, the sky—you can see both the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge reflected in it.

I love Speedy Romeo (entrées $15–$38), in Clinton Hill, for their pizzas and grilled octopus, and the porchetta sandwich around the corner at Mekelburg’s (entrées $9–$17) is delicious. In Red Hook, Fort Defiance (entrées $16–$27) is a good choice for brunch with a cocktail, and the Red Hook Food Vendors that gather around the soccer field in the summer are great. Try the crab BLT at Crabby Shack (entrées $5–$40), in Crown Heights, or the famous burger at Emily, in Clinton Hill. For drinks, Weather Up is a nice cocktail bar with a lovely back garden in Prospect Heights. If you have a day to spare, bike out to Coney Island through Prospect Park and then on a dedicated path on Ocean Parkway all the way to the beach. It’s an awesome ride, and you can reward yourself with the chorizo torta at Doña Zita (entrées $3–$10) once you arrive.

 

Photographer Hometowns

16 International Photographers Capture the Essence of Their Hometowns

Matthew Pillsbury / Brooklyn, New York

I was born and brought up in Paris, until I left for college in Connecticut. I used to go to the Jardin du Luxembourg and ride the famous carousel there. The carousel in this picture is right down the hill from where I now live, in Brooklyn. I love the contrast between the restored wooden parts, made by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company in 1922, and the modern Jean Nouvel–designed glass cube around it. I’m fascinated by how the glass mirrors the city, the sky—you can see both the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge reflected in it.

I love Speedy Romeo (entrées $15–$38), in Clinton Hill, for their pizzas and grilled octopus, and the porchetta sandwich around the corner at Mekelburg’s (entrées $9–$17) is delicious. In Red Hook, Fort Defiance (entrées $16–$27) is a good choice for brunch with a cocktail, and the Red Hook Food Vendors that gather around the soccer field in the summer are great. Try the crab BLT at Crabby Shack (entrées $5–$40), in Crown Heights, or the famous burger at Emily, in Clinton Hill. For drinks, Weather Up is a nice cocktail bar with a lovely back garden in Prospect Heights. If you have a day to spare, bike out to Coney Island through Prospect Park and then on a dedicated path on Ocean Parkway all the way to the beach. It’s an awesome ride, and you can reward yourself with the chorizo torta at Doña Zita (entrées $3–$10) once you arrive.

 

Matthew Pillsbury
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