1. How long have you lived in the area? Where did you move from? Where are you originally from? I have lived in Tribeca proper for two-and-a-half years; before that I lived in Battery Park City (TriBeCa Green) from 2007 to 2010. I am originally from Houston, Texas.
2. Married? Partnered? If so, what’s his/her name and occupation? I am partnered creatively and romantically to the wonderful and beautiful Christina Tyler. You may remember her—she does a great “Xena: Warrior Princess” battle cry. [It's true. She showed me at a BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center Meet & Greet after I mentioned that Lucy Lawless had recently admired my glasses. —Ed.]
3. Kids? Pets? I have two cats, Pookie and Ray Ray. They are litter mates and were abandoned by my ex-girlfriend when she left, so I took them in. They were fat bastards but I recently put them on a diet, so they are quite svelte now.
4. Where do you live? I reside on N. Moore between Greenwich and West, and I have great view of the Hudson River, which is, as you may know, an estuary—you can actually see the fresh and salt water flowing into one another.
5. What do you do for a living? I am a playwright. My latest production, based on the life of 2pac, is entitled The Tragedy of Tupac Amaru Shakur or Who Shot Me? It’s nominated for a Pulitzer. [It's being produced this year at Black Spectrum Theatre.] I also have a private business called Legacy Playwrights. We are private business and cater to the so-called 1%. What we do is private-estate writing for select clientele and private entities who want their story dramatized. It could be for a family reunion, corporate party, or just a really eccentric client.
6. The best deal around: Gray’s Papaya.
7. Most-frequented restaurants: Mangez Avec Moi on W. Broadway between Murray and Warren. Great vegetarian selections.
8. For special occasions, I go to: Scalini Fedeli. The owner/proprietor, Mike Cetrulo, is a great guy. Great wine.
9. Best sandwich: The banh mi sandwich served at Mangez Avec Moi Express.
10. Sweet-tooth satisfaction: Milky Way Caramel ($1.51) from Duane Reade at the base of IPN.
11. Most delicious cocktail: A bespoke cocktail from Tiny’s, usually something with tequila—it varies upon the season of course.
13. I can’t resist popping into: Laughing Man [right].
14. The last non-essential item I bought: Drugs. Scratch that: one of those wood-and-wool sheep from Kaffe 1668, the small one.
15. When I walk into my apartment, the first thing I see that I bought in Tribeca is: My Abici Uomo, from Adeline Adeline.
16. I’m so glad some eccentrics are still in the neighborhood, because without them I’d be stuck in Jerksville.
17. How I stay fit: Boxing, boxing, boxing.
18. Where I get beautiful: Beauty sleep, my darling. Eight-to-ten hours nightly.
19. What’s the area’s best-kept secret? Washington Street between Hubert and Canal. It is the most peaceful strip in Manhattan. John Allan’s salon and private club is there, as are Featherstone Design jewelry and my favorite, Canal Park Playhouse [left], which is also a B&B.
20. A recent enthusiasm: Guinness at Walker’s.
21. A worthy splurge: Chippendale table from Working Class.
22. A recent case of sticker shock: A trip to Whole Foods for fruit.
24. Rainy-day activity: Cooking. I love cooking and watching PBS or reruns of “Friends” or “Everybody Loves Raymond.”
27. I’ve never been to Bubby’s and I don’t know why. (But I do know why—it smells putrid outside, or at least did. I used to run a restaurant in Midtown, so that totally turned me off.)
28. I’m sorry, NYSC on Reade Street, but I won’t be coming back.
29. How does Nili Lotan stay in business?
32. My very favorite spot: My terrace.
33. Pet peeve: People not acknowledging other on an elevator. If the elevator is full or occupied by say four or more people, it’s not necessary, but if it’s just you and another person, have some courtesy and acknowledge the other person, for Pete’s sake! It’s just rude to walk out with nothing leaving either person’s lips. You never know who you may need someday.
34. If money were no object, I’d… also have a place in London.
39. Tribeca could use more “artistic” people and fewer stuffy ignorant financial types. And fewer parents. It’s just tacky at this point—most of them are very suburban with no style.
40. If I could change one thing about the neighborhood: (See above.)
41. A business I’d like to have here: 500-seat Broadway-style theater.
44. Someone who lives here who I really think you should meet: David Bressler, a really great guy who lives in the neighborhood.
45. Proof that change is good: I’m here.
46. If I couldn’t live here, I’d live in…. Tri-ghetto, the section of Tribeca east of Church. Yes, I said it.
47. I wish you had asked me about: How much I make per year.
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