The Beavis and Butt-heads living within me are obsessed with this sign on Jay Street in which a grinning Dr. Leon Nitkin advertises black-tie breast checks. Every day, he smiles down in his bow tie and tuxedo and gelled hair from the window above Jide’s Gifti Dandy. The photograph is vaguely sinister; he looks way too excited about his job. To answer my burning questions about this sign, I called Dr. Nitkin’s office. “Doctor is busy,” I was told, but the receptionist was kind enough to chat. Here, our exclusive interview.
Does Dr. Nitkin always wear a tuxedo while doing breast checks?
No. A bow tie sometimes.
Do you know why he wore a tuxedo for the photo?
No. I have to ask him.
Do you know who took that photo?
No. I’m not too sure who did it.
Do you get a lot of patients who see that sign and call?
No, I don’t think so.
Where is Dr. Nitkin from originally?
From Kiev, Ukraine.
What are his specialties?
How long has he been practicing?
What are his favorite places to eat in Downtown Brooklyn?
I don’t know.
How many clients does he have?
Weekly, over 100.
What do you think of that sign?
I think he’s funny. He’s a funny guy.
According to Google, Dr. Nitkin’s fashion choices are unique in his field. Searching “OB/GYN wearing tuxedo” brought up no relevant results, but Nitkin’s face comes up as the first result for search term “OB/GYN in bow tie.”
Hats off, Dr. N!