The Despers Steel Band

High Maintenance still with Despers USA Steel BandPhoto by David Russell courtesy HBO

Perhaps our favorite inclusion in season 3 is the Despers USA Steel Band, which practices in an outdoor lot on Dean Street between Franklin and Classon avenues. Coming upon it is always a nice moment we think, that’s very New York City, but apparently there is a neighborhood grinch who has been arrested in the past for false reporting noise complaints…This area is technically a manufacturing zone and the local Community Board and Brooklyn Borough President are supporting grassroots efforts to keep it that way, so good luck to the grinch!

In this episode, Marty goes looking for Don, whom he’s found on Craiglist to pick up a chair for a car. He ends up in an auto-repair lot and discovers the steel band in rehearsal.

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