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January 21, 2021
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Sidewalk Runway: Skate Away the Blues

By Lisa M. Collins
Photos by Joshua Kristal

Sidewalk Runway is South Brooklyn Post’s feature showing the people and personalities of Brooklyn, by photographer Joshua Kristal.

Mike Halkias owns “The Usual” diner in Prospect Heights.  The 15-year recovering addict (AA and NA) says rollerblading helps him stay clean. He rollerblades everyday to his meetings on 42nd St. in Manhattan, skating from his restaurant, where he works everyday. He is also rehabbing his knee after a replacement.
“Skating clears the heart, lungs and mind. It takes away my anger,” Halkias says. ” I let the music in which is healing and I go where the lights take me.”

Above, a film by James Kalm with a breath-y review of Carroll Gardens’ abstract painter Ron Gorchov’s 2008 show at Nicholas Robinson Gallery in Chelsea.

SBP Photog Joshua Kristal ran into Gorchov just recently as the iconic figure was shopping at Caputo’s Fine Foods, on Court Street near Fourth Place. Gorchov lives in Carroll Gardens, and he’s having a big show at Cheim & Read in Chelsea. The exhibition continues through April 28.

Gorchov was born in Chicago in 1930 and has worked in NYC since the early 1950s. He’s exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art,Whitney Museum of American Art, P.S.1. and more.

The painter layers, patches, drips, and rubs away both vivid and muted tones, creating unpredictable surfaces.

Cheim & Read 547 West 25 Street










Gorchov is a character and gave Josh some fashion advice. Josh shot his paint-splattered shoes.


mid March 2012. Former Carroll Gardens resident David Pearlstein and his dog Gizmo take a moment in the sun in front of Bourgeouis Pig, the fondue cocktail lounge at Scotto’s Funeral Home at 1st Place and Court Street. Pearlstein is an Italian Jew who grew up in Carroll Gardens until he was 16, when his family moved to Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. He was back visiting friends in the neighborhood.

Photographer Josh Kristal

Kim Berrocal lives in student housing in Brooklyn Heights. She is Costa Rican. Works at French Connection and goes to the Arts Institute of New York City studying fashion.  She considers herself a “Diva” and loves vintage clothes and looking extravagant.


The day’s hustle bustle on a crisp, sunny February morning in downtown Brooklyn.


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