By Stephen Witt
The gonzo story of Brooklyn's $5 billion Barclays Arena by the journalist that played a pivotal role in making it happen!
Photo by Erica Sherman
The Street Singer follows flat-broke middle-age subway musician, Jason Spirit, as he stumbles into contact with high-powered developer Thaddeus Hoover – a thinly veiled take on developer Bruce Ratner. Spirit ends up playing project supporters and opponents against each other in order to get a song he’s written to rapper BScott – a different take on Brooklyn Nets minority owner Jay-Z.
For those who love the performing arts, The Street Singer gives a nod to the underground poets, singers, and musicians who add to New York’s character and flavor.
For those who love satire, The Street Singer is a laugh out loud look at present day New York City and Brooklyn replete with a billionaire mayor, big city politicians and developers, gentrification, hipsters, celebrity adulation and interracial co-mingling.
“Brooklyn has more writers per square inch than anywhere, and whether as journalist or author Steve Witt is among those who truly capture the character – and characters – of our great borough.”
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz