Artist Provocateur Genesis Breyer P-Orridge Lives By the Last Exit To Brooklyn

How far the mighty have (not) fallen

But Ridgewood's gentrification eventually became suffocating. "When me and Jaye moved in, we'd get the subway home a lot and we were the only white people getting off the subway. It was mainly Puerto Rican, Dominican, African, and so on—everyone was happy and friendly. But we noticed over the last few years before [Jaye] passed and since, the influx of hipsters and all these people who looked like they went to NYU were getting off. And suddenly people would stop me coming out of the house with the dog and say, 'Can I get your autograph? Can I get a photo with you?' We thought, 'Uh-oh. Our hideaway's been found.' "

Brooklyn would only be worse. So when it came time to sell the property—Genesis could no longer afford the house without Jaye's contribution—she found this formerly Jewish co-op through a friend, Thee Majesty's Bryin Dall, who lives down the hall. The location is, like most aspects of Genesis's oeuvre, poetic. "We sat down with a few friends, and we said, 'Why do you like it so much here?' And we said, 'I live in the last exit to Brooklyn. One of my favorite books from when I was a teenager!' And now I'm living Last Exit to Brooklyn. But there it is: the last exit," she says pointing to the road beside the Williamsburg Bridge, beneath her window. "There's something kind of profoundly weird about it."

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Genesis as a young child
Paul Quitoriano
Genesis as a young child

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