Explore Brooklyn with SpongeBob SquarePant’s Ethan Slater
From going to coffee shops, seeing Brooklyn’s theatre, and more, SpongeBob’s Ethan Slater spends his summer exploring Brooklyn.
“There is so much about Brooklyn that I love,” Slater explains. “I love the brownstone vibe. Being able to sit on my stoop and know my neighbors. The parks that I can go to.”
“One of the things I have really loved about being in Brooklyn is that there are so many places that I love to walk to. I’ll think when I’m walking, and I feel really nourished by it.”
“Times Square is wonderful and Broadway is amazing, but it’s a lot. There is so much hustle and bustle in Manhattan. Even just the high buildings and the concentration of people, there is so much happening. It is so nice to have a space away, to get into different kind of vibe,” Slater says about his Brooklyn neighborhood.
Still, the actor cherishes his time in Manhattan, using his commute to reflect. “There is something about either taking the train or driving on one of the bridges from Manhattan to Brooklyn and you just see why people live here.”
“It’s a really beautiful thing to understand why this beautiful city sprung out of this geography. I feel like getting to move away from Manhattan allows me to see that in a way that, when you are in it, you don’t necessarily.”
As SpongeBob concludes its Broadway journey, from the top of Brooklyn’s Fort Green Park, Slater looks back on the show’s run. “The experience of SpongeBob has been a long, totally life-changing one for me.”
“It is a show that has meant the world to me, both in terms of what it has done for me personally and professionally, but also the community that I’ve made because of it. And that community got so much bigger over the past year. We’ve shared [SpongeBob] with hundreds of thousands of people, and that is really incredible.”
Still, Slater is eager to continue to spread the show’s optimistic story with Broadway audiences for the remainder of the summer. “We’ve had amazing audiences throughout our run, but I feel like there is something about seeing a show in the summer—you just get to see people living their best summer life. That has been really special!”