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Best Brooklyn Model Citizen New York 2011 - Jonathan Lopes

How much does Boerum Hill?s Jonathan Lopes love Brooklyn? He can?t let go of his dream to reconstruct the beloved borough brick by brick?in Lego bricks. Lopes is recreating a tiny, plastic Brooklyn in his living room. He has spent four years constructing a detailed train-and-street scene that nearly fills his living room, as he showed the Post?s Elizabeth Lazarowitz earlier this year. A true city boy, he says he ?builds things in his head? while spacing out on the subway. He has also constructed models of Firehouse Engine 226, on State Street, a gardening store on Hoyt Street, and the Williamsburgh Savings Bank. Just the bank replica required nearly 12,000 bricks. Many of his scenes wind up getting broken down and refashioned into others. For a change, Brooklyn?s got a homegrown builder who doesn?t force others out of his home. Whether he?ll build himself out of his own apartment is another matter. He just can?t let go of his vision.
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