Malik Ashiru was in Bali when he heard that his ambitious plans for renovating a Brooklyn condo could move forward. He had an exacting vision for the space that required nearly gutting it. To pass the time while the city reviewed the paperwork, Malik had taken a sabbatical from his business development job at Google, traveling around the globe to Africa, Europe, and Asia. "The moment they told me the approval was almost done," he says, "I was on an airplane back."
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