Everyone who’s ever been to a Hearsay dinner has gotten an earful about how much I love our neighborhood. It’s changed a lot in the time I’ve been here (since 2004!)—but luckily, there are some things that even the T line and the hospital and a whole bunch of new construction can’t change. The people who live and work here are some of the coolest, most interesting makers and builders and thinkers and doers in the world. They’re a tight-knit group who always help each other out, and I’m proud to call them my neighbors.
That’s why I was so excited to curate the guide to Dogpatch and Potrero Hill for On the Grid. On the Grid was launched in April and is quickly becoming a massive international travel guide. It already includes nearly 100 neighborhoods in 21 cities. Each guide is beautifully curated by local designers and creative companies. The project was created by Hyperakt, which is a kickass Brooklyn-based design agency founded by my friend Deroy.
The guide is a bit of a love letter to some of my favorite places in the ‘hood. And while it’s certainly not a comprehensive list of spots that make the neighborhood great, it did give me an opportunity to shine a little light on some of the people and places that make me feel at home. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed creating it.