My LES: Chris Quinones

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What do you do?

Maintenance Worker – LOCAL 32, Student (majoring in Finance), front man for the NYCH band, AHGEDA, Security at Fontana’s Bar.

How long have you lived on the LES?

Born and raised, baby boy! Feb. 15, 1989 (Chris is third generation LES)!  I’ve lived in the Lower East Side before art school students thought it was a “cute” neighborhood. Like when the only white people we saw downtown were either cops or dudes “coppin” dope; when Avenue D was the heroin capitol of the world. Yeah, that was my Lower East Side. Not this art-school-dormitory-bars-clubs-art-galleries-on-every-corner shit.

Favorite block in the hood?

Delancey Street: best clothes, food and dutches in the hood (or at least it used to be). It used to be like Fordham Road in the Bronx, now it’s like Bedford Ave. in Williamsburg…So I think I changed my mind.  Broome Street is my favorite, because from Allen to Chrystie, it’s still kinda like the ’90’s. Sneakers hanging from telephone wires, junkies and bodegas. And cheapest dutches/beer in the hood.