The TCQ&A: “My Puppy Would Not Stop Sniffing Ed Burns”


courtesy-prodigal-sonsprodigal-sons-posterTribeca filmmaker Kimberly Reed’s documentary about herself and her brother (right), Prodigal Sons, opens tomorrow at Cinema Village. It looks fascinating—and been the toast of many festivals—but it’s sort of hard to describe, so I heartily suggest you watch the trailer here. (Seriously, watch it! It’s under two minutes.) After we talked about Tribeca, Reed urged everyone to go to Cinema Village on opening weekend: In the world of independent film, every ticket sold in New York City on opening weekend is equivalent to many more later on. “Everyone watches what happens in New York,” she said.


How long have you lived in Tribeca?
My partner, Claire, and I have lived here for seven years. Well, it’ll be seven years in September, so I guess we’ve been here six-and-a-half years.

Which restaurant do you frequent most often?
Probably Cercle Rouge, for the bartenders and Pierre’s food. It’s fantastic. I love the ambience. It feels a little like you’re in a European bistro. I’m not a soccer fan, but when they have soccer there it’s excellent. All of the seafood dishes are good.

Which restaurant do you tend to go to for special occasions?
We go to Nobu. The sauces are just mouthwatering. I don’t know what else to say. The fish there is so incredible. And it’s so nice to be able to walk over there; it’s not a big production.

la-colombe-cappuccino-by-tribeca-citizenWhere do you order in (or get take-out) from? Are there dishes you always order?
We have our war room set up here and we’re probably going to order pineapple fried rice from 35 Thai later today. And some of the best coffee I’ve ever had—in the world—is at La Colombe [right]. And I just did an interview with Time Out New York at Pécan.

Which shop do you find it hard to resist popping into when you pass by?
I used to love Tribbles. That was a great gift store—and for when you needed an exotic German lime press or something.

What was the last non-essential item you bought in Tribeca?
The real answer to that is I’m a broke documentary filmmaker so I only buy things that are essential.

courtesy-bar-artisanalWhere do you always take out-of-towners?
I just walk around the neighborhood. I take them down Staple Street, show them Duane Park. Recently, I’ve also been taking people to Bar Artisanal [left].

Which neighborhood building do you wish you lived in and/or owned?
The cute little house above Liquor Store. And there’s a single family dwelling at N. Moore and West Broadway….

Your most memorable Tribeca celebrity sighting?
It wasn’t even mine, but…. My brother was walking our little rottweiler puppy, Scout. She’s very friendly, and she would not stop sniffing Ed Burns. But it’s also great to see Jon Stewart just picking up a newspaper.

If you could change one thing about the neighborhood, what would it be?
I’d lower the rent.

What’s changed in Tribeca that you like? That you don’t?
When we first moved here, from the heart of Chelsea, it was a little quiet. There’s a little bit more energy now, more restaurants. That’s nice.

Why Tribeca?
The last place that we lived in we had a fire. And I convinced the insurance company that they had to pay our broker’s fee—which was important because we had to find something fast. And we felt like we found the perfect spot. Quiet is at such a premium in New York. I work a lot at home and Tribeca is a good neighborhood for that.

Previous TCQ&As:
Hanne Larsen and Melanie Zrihen: “We Wrote Our Business Plan at Kaffe 1668”
Christy Frank: “I Wish Tribeca Had a Really Great Cheese Shop”
Carrie Loewenthal: “I Order the Kid-Size Pastas at Max”
Cate Bruce-Low: “I Grilled Liev Schrieber”

Think you should be next?Email! (Despite the fact that this series has been all women, I’d love a few men in the mix….)


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1 Comment

  1. Great quote-title! And great Q&A, too.