Like a coming-out party, a bat mitzvah or a quinceañera, a Sweet 16 party
marks a girl’s passage into young adulthood. Thanks to her event-planner
dad, one lucky Hillsdale teen’s big debut was even sweeter than most.
Music fans might mistake Alex Bleeker and his bandmates from indie-rock group Real Estate as Brooklyn scenesters. But the Ridgewood High School alum wants to make two things clear: He’s
a New Jersey kid to the core, and he and the guys are ready to break away from the beach-vacation band stereotype.
In March, Real Estate released its fourth studio album, In Mind, and Bleeker sat down with BERGEN to discuss their new sound, why arts funding was so crucial to their success and why being from New Jersey is “cool.”