Jon Dobrowolski: New York City

What’s your historical connection to Los Angeles and New York?
I can appreciate the history in both cities, though less so the infrastructure. I find that both cities value their physical history so little. The mansion used in the most iconic film of its time, Sunset Boulevard (and also the first Getty owned property in LA) is now a gas station. On the other coast, most people don’t know that New York is America’s oldest city, most certainly due to the constant reconstruction of every block.

Describe your experience in LA.
At 18, I began my professional career at a record label releasing Black Metal, Death Metal, Grindcore, etc. I defined who I am through the music scene, design industry, fashion scene, and the underground art world. Spending my formative years in Los Angeles marked me both mentally and physically (I’m tattooed with numerous LA artist’s paintings/drawings). This time started my adult life with a love for self-expression, concrete, and cruising with a great record on blast.

What was the biggest challenge of moving from LA to NYC?
I don’t know if there was a single big challenge, though I consider them night and day. Convenience is a strange concept in New York, in some aspects you have all you desire… in the simplest sense of the word; your needs aren’t met at all. That dichotomy of convenience eventuates a love and hate that I believe exists in any great city.

How can NYC and LA engage with each other?
I don’t know if they need to. I like the east coast / west coast rivalry. I think the differences should be amplified until we have two separate cultures

LA secret spot
Upstairs at the Mountain Bar; strobe, disco ball, classic jams.

NYC secret spot
The basement at 205.

If you were not at The Daily, what would you be doing?
Having just left The Daily, I know the obvious answer to this question, but I’ll probe deeper… I’m interested in any way to move up in the ideation process, to abstract ideas that are applicable on multiple levels throughout our lives. I’m interested in altering culture on the largest scale possible.
I believe the most willing audience to disruptive ideas are children. I’m interested in informing our youth on the deepest levels possible, how we communicate with them and the media they absorb is paramount.

From the 2462 Miles newsletter: connecting NEW YORK CITY + LOS ANGELES

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