Local guy Ralph Baker, a long-timer in the Williamsburg, Brooklyn ‘hood, was in the news the other day. Despite being blind and homeless he had the wherewithal to (allegedly) steal a building in the Fort Greene neighborhood, from a man with whom he shares the same name, and possibly has stolen another building on Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg. Here’s Gothamist’s report about the Fort Greene building.
Click on the photo above to get the latest news regarding a trial against Mr. Baker, which began earlier this month.
Back in ’94, I ran a story in Breukelen (a ‘zine I published back in the early ’90s) in which writer Joe Maynard interviewed many residents about the Williamsburg waterfront, including the perhaps modern-day visionary Robin Hood—Ralph Baker. It offers a back story to this current and unfolding episode in Ralph’s life.
Ralph’s interview is mid-way in the article (highlighted in blue).
Here’s the full story from Breukelen ’94: More > >