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City Councilman Jumaane Williams calls his Brooklyn neighborhood "the best district in the best city, in the best borough, in the best country in the world"

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Since joining the City Council in 2010, Jumaane Williams has become one of its most vocal members, advocating for progressive causes across the city including gun control, social justice, and fair housing.

This week, we caught up with the native Brooklynite about growing up in "the golden age of hip hop," his rental in Fiske Terrace, and his love for the city's sanitation department:

1. What neighborhood do you live in? 

Fiske Terrace.

2. Is this your dream neighborhood or is there someplace else in NYC you’d prefer to settle in? 

The 45th District is a great place to live.

3. Do you own or rent? 


4. How’d you find it? 

Through a friend.

5. What’s the one thing you love most about it? 

My apartment has a great view and a lot of natural light.

6. If there’s one thing you could change about your apartment, what would it be? 

I would make it a two-bedroom.

7. In three words, describe the first apartment you've ever lived in. 

“Cozy” with a metal pipe running through it.

8. Do you prefer old NYC or this NYC? You can’t really compare. 

I grew up in the golden age of hip hop but don’t miss the prevalence of crime at that time.

9. Tell us about your favorite apartment you’ve ever had. 

The one I have now.

10. And the worst? 

The one with the pipe running through it. It had very low ceilings.

11. Name one NYC service you couldn’t live without. 

The Sanitation Department.

12. What's your favorite spot in the city? 

City Hall.

13. Which would you rather: Brooklyn brownstone or a penthouse in a shiny, new condo? 

Brooklyn brownstone.

14. If you could live elsewhere, where would it be? 

I live in the best district in the best city, in the best borough, in the best country in the world.

15. Any advice for a recent New York transplant? 

Respect the culture and the people that make New York great.


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