Williamsburg in Brooklyn is currently one of the epicentres of the resurgence of Brooklyn as a desirable place to live.
But it was once the place where people escaping the crowded Lower East side tenements came, making it for a while the most densely populated neighborhood in NYC.
Into this crowded, cosmopolitan area, Mel Brooks was born in 1926. His father died when he was very young but young Mel thrived and became noted for his humor even as a boy.
Like so many important careers he slipped sideways into show biz being taught drums by Buddy Rich and then starting to earn his living at it from when he was 14.
He went on to become one of the most important Directors in the 1970′s and was responsible for a string of enduring comic masterpieces including Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, The Producers and High Anxiety.
Described as one of the most gifted comic improvisors of all time he still lives in New York and has received numerous awards. When you go to Williamsburg for one of the altest artisitic events it is hosting think of Mel as a skinny young boy racing round it’s streets having fun. COMMENT on your favorite NYC comics, LIKE Mel Brooks.