Alexander-Julian is a Nigerian-born, Houston-raised, Brooklyn-based writer who specializes in travel, style and culture. He’s spent the past four years living in Bedford-Stuyvesant after graduating from Howard University. He loves exploring the culture and people of the borough and avoids “the city” (Manhattan) at all costs.
Where I live:
A perfect little Brooklyn nook that is the meeting place of two of my favorite neighborhoods: Bed-Stuy and Bushwick.
Best way to get around the city:
The transit system wasn’t really made for inter-borough travel, so my favorite way to get around the city right now is on a Revel — rentable electric mopeds that you can reserve and pick up anywhere through an app on your phone. Most of the train lines lead straight into Manhattan, leaving you with few options for Brooklyn-to-Brooklyn travel. Revels are a fun and cost-efficient way to get around the borough.
Don’t leave without having:
A lounge day in the park. Something about laying out in the sun with a bottle of wine, some friends and a good book gets those endorphins moving.
But the local favorite is really:
A chopped cheese with bacon, on a roll — toast the roll — add ketchup, mayo, lettuce, tomatoes and onions — grill the onions — from the deli around the corner.
If I moved, I’d most miss:
Brooklyn summers. The four months of it we get in New York are enough to almost make you forget the brutal eight months of winter. Rooftop soirees, block parties, concerts in the park and all other things quintessentially Brooklyn are very near and dear to my heart.