August 6th, 2006
The roster of Hollywood A-listers, music-industry powerhouses, authors and artisans who reside in the Borough of Kings is top-notch.
Wander over to the Grand Army Plaza subway station in Park Slope and you might catch Jennifer Connelly looking “beautiful and fragile, with no makeup on and dressed in jeans, a brown sweater, and sleeveless green vest,” as one fellow Brooklynite described her, as she takes her eldest son to school weekday mornings.
Over on Atlantic, see Heath Ledger – who, with Michelle Williams, is raising a daughter, Matilda, in Boerum Hill – ducking into a deli Sunday morning for bottled water.
Later in the week, Williams may pop by Smith Street lingerie store Andie Wee while actors Emily Mortimer – spotted having trouble finding her wallet in Cobble Hill’s Pacific Green grocery – and Alessandro Nivola push a stroller along the sidewalk outside.
Randy Harrison from “Queer as Folk” stops by Starbucks on DUMBO’s Front Street for a java fix. Over in Clinton Hill, Adrian Grenier hangs out – sans Entourage. Sopranos actor John Ventimiglia – you know him as chef Artie Bucco – drinks at Boat; Ledger frequents Ceol.
..and some music entertainment in the area:
These days, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Brownsville still produce some of the hottest young rap talents and, further west in DUMBO, artists who’ve made it, like Mos Def, have set up house. There’s even been rabid rumor-mongering that the king of hip-hop himself, Kanye West, is on the cusp of moving into the neighborhood.
The borough is a crossroads where Busta Rhymes, who lives in the posh Gretsch building overlooking the Williamsburg Bridge, may cross paths with the guys in They Might Be Giants. Actor Rosie Perez, who lives in Fort Greene and was spotted attending an anti-Ratner rally in Prospect Park last month, may mix with Park Sloper John Turturro, who parks his car on Union Street and takes his kids to the park on his days off.
“Paul Giamatti lives in Brooklyn Heights,” says one gawker. “Last Halloween he painted his face like a lion and cruised around with his son. They’re always at the playground in DUMBO or on Montague Street. I saw him and his wife a few weeks ago swimming at the YMCA on Court Street. Their kid was obsessed with some rubber ducks in the pool.”