The Five: Places to Write


The Brooklyn Book Festival returns this Sunday with the most impressive lineup yet. Greenpoint author Kate Christensen will be among the literati, reading from her award-winning novel “The Great Man.” In time for the fest, and as part of our “Five” series, we asked her for a literary-themed list of her favorite things in Brooklyn. Christensen picked the five most memorable spots where her muse has struck.

1. Teddy’s Bar & Grill on N. 8th and Berry: An airy, festive, comfortable, quiet place to write at lunchtime, and all afternoon. There’s no better place on a summer weekday than a table in the window with iced tea and gazpacho.

2. A shady McCarren Park bench: My aging laptop battery is good for about an hour these days, and that’s about the same amount of time my dog can tolerate sitting still. It forces me to work fast.

3. Moscow Cafe, Brighton Beach: I once went out there on a windy, chilly March day and ordered cold beer and kharcho (hot lamb soup) and wrote 10 pages all at one go while around me mobsters conducted their business over chilled beakers of vodka.

4. The Park Slope Barnes & Noble cafe: I don’t know why I like writing there — it’s chockful of babies in strollers, crowded and noisy, and very grungy. But I always get a lot done there (with my teeth gritted).

5. The Brooklyn Supreme Courthouse: Whenever I’m on jury duty I sit in the jurors’ lounge and write like a fiend, hoping my name won’t be called (it rarely is). There’s a place to plug in, free Wi-Fi, and a snack machine. And no one ever bothers you.

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Sent by Nicole. Photos from top, via Rayuen, alexxvaughn, Rob Hoey, nrvlowdown and antimattar on Flickr.

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