By Saskia de Rothschild, M. Bilal Lakhani and Lillian Rizzo
Brooklyn: The birthplace of the Dodgers, Junior’s cheesecake and the rich and the famous.
Before they had fame, fortune and music videos, some of the biggest names in Hollywood, sports and even financial giants were at one point just Brooklyn kids. Some lived in the projects, others went to high schools and walked the same streets we do today.
Carmelo Anthony used to dribble on the courts of the Red Hook Houses and Woody Allen used to walk to Midwood High School from his home on Avenue K. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz lived in Canarsie’s Bayview Projects and Darren Aronofsky went to Edward R. Murrow High School.
We spoke to residents of the Linden Projects in East New York, where Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein lived, and in Bedford Stuyvesant’s Marcy Projects, the birthplace of rapper Jay-Z. At Linden Houses it was tough to find someone who even had an idea Blankfein lived there and in Marcy the teenagers only recalled their parents’ memories of hanging out with the rapper before he made it big.
The Brooklyn Ink pinpoints the places where they grew up, places we walk by every single day without even realizing.