On Friday, April 8, Brooklyn-born Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders made his first public appearance in his hometown of Midwood since announcing his run for office as he hosted not one but two rallies in his native borough.
The former James Madison High School student and current state senator of Vermont posted up outside of his childhood home, 1525 East 26th Street, shortly after 1 p.m. where he spoke in the shadow of his old, six-story apartment building about his dream for the future and his Brooklyn roots.
He was joined in Midwood by actor Mark Ruffalo who told the crowd, “Bernie’s our man.”
The presidential hopeful was met at his second rally of the day – hosted just past 3 p.m. at Greenpoint’s Trasmitter Park – by Clinton Hill homeowner Susan Sarandon.
Both events drew huge crowds of supporters for Sanders, who also spent a year at Brooklyn College before transferring to the University of Chicago and eventually resettling in Vermont.