TCQ&A: Dana Mass

1. How long have you lived in the area? Where did you move from? Where are you originally from? I grew up in Yardley, Pa. (a suburb of Philly), went to Indiana University–Bloomington, and then moved to New York City. I  have lived all over the city but Tribeca is my favorite. I have been living on Duane Street for four years.

2. Married? Partnered? If so, what’s his/her name and occupation? I have an amazing boyfriend named Spencer Julien. He is the New York Knicks Producer for MSG.

3. Kids? Pets? No kids yet and no pets. I had the urge to get a dog so I went to Biscuits and Bath. They let me bring home a sick puppy for two weeks so I could nurse it back to health. I was sad to give the pup back but came to the realization that the dog would grow to be 70 pounds and it would take up my entire apartment. The experience satisfied my yearning for a dog. I am going to wait until I someday leave the city to get one.

4. Where do you live? Duane Street between Church and Broadway.

5. What do you do for a living? I just launched MaVaVoom, a site for moms and moms-to-be, and over the next few months you will find tons of new and exciting features! Currently there are unique articles focusing on all things that women, especially moms, will find informative and fun. There are hundreds of free coupons for top brands and stores, free recipes, and great deals. Within the next week, there will be an entire social networking platform where moms can meet, talk, share, blog, and connect with other other moms. I am very excited!

6. The best deal around: I am not even kidding, I go to Lot-Less on Duane Street almost everyday. They have the most random and wonderful stuff at the lowest prices ever! I love that store.

7. Most-frequented restaurants: Max or Edward’s.

8. For special occasions, I go to: Megu, Landmarc, or Ecco! I really love Ecco! because it has that old New York feeling.

9. Best sandwich: Turkey and extra pickles on a whole-wheat wrap from the Amish Market.

10. Sweet-tooth satisfaction: Baskin-Robbins on Chambers or Broadway.

11. Most delicious cocktail: Saketinis from Megu but I usually just go for Patrón and club soda with lime or wine. So I can get that anywhere.

12. I usually order in from                , and I always order the                . Gee Whiz Diner gives you so many extra condiments, which makes me super happy. Blockheads‘ chicken taco salad is a fave of mine. I am all about Probably one of the greatest sites ever. It makes ordering food a snap!

13. I can’t resist popping into: The Balloon Saloon (left) on Duane and W. Broadway. They have tons of fun stuff!

14. The last non-essential item I bought: Does a venti soy chai tea latte from Starbucks count? Or perhaps buckwheat pillows that weigh 30 pounds and I don’t use.

15. When I walk into my apartment, the first thing I see that I bought in Tribeca is: I got an amazing desk off of Craigslist from someone who lives on Warren. It was $50 but looks like it cost a pretty penny!

16. I’m so glad almost every train is in the neighborhood, because without it I’d have a hard time getting around.

17. How I stay fit: I have been spending so much time on my site but I really need to get back to working out. I was addicted to Soul Cycle for a while…. I really do love it. I am a certified spinning instructor.

18. Where I get beautiful: Lotus Salon.

19. What’s the area’s best-kept secret? I feel like many people are impressed by Brandy Library (is that a secret?)…. Hmm….

20. A recent enthusiasm: Twitter.

21. A worthy splurge: A parking garage close to my apartment for my car.

23. Rainy-day activity: The movies in Battery Park City.

26. I’ve never been to the 9/11 memorial and I don’t know why.

27. I’m sorry, The Harrison, but I won’t be coming back. During the summer I was dressed in shorts and flip-flops after a day of walking around. The hostess stared me up and down, so I left.

29. I tend to take out-of-towners to: If it is cold, any of the restaurants on Duane and W. Broadway. During the summer, I just bring them to Greenwich and let them pick a place to eat outside.

30. I wish I lived in…. A huge loft in Tribeca on one of the cobblestone streets. I will take any of them.

31. My very favorite spot: I love piano bars. If it has live music, you can find me there.

32. Pet peeve: When people make a high pitched buzzing noise with their lips. It is hard to describe, but I hate it!

33. If money were no object, I’d build and invest in more Internet companies.

35. My most memorable celebrity sighting: I think I saw Mariah Carey walking back from the gym after she gave birth. She was a mess. I have taken SoulCycle classes with Chelsea Clinton and Kelly Ripa.

36: A Tribeca celebrity I’d like to run into: Hands down, Jay-Z and Beyoncé. I would also like to interview Bethenny Frankel for my site.

37. The most romantic spot around: A stroll along the Hudson.

38. Tribeca could use more grocery stores (in the west and north) and less/fewer (I don’t know what we need less of).

39. If I could change one thing about the neighborhood: Clean up Broadway.

40: A business I’d like to have here: Scoop, Intermix, or another women’s clothing store with cute clothes and multiple brands.

44. Proof that change is good: I just like seeing new stores pop up. I am always surprised when I find a new store in Tribeca.

45. If I couldn’t live here, I’d live in…. Doesn’t everyone want to live in Tribeca?! If I didn’t live here, I would probably like to live in Soho or the burbs.

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  1. no kids, husband or even a dog and she’s launched a mom website? are we that predictable a demographic?

  2. In defense of the Harrison, it isn’t really a shorts and flip flops kind of place.

  3. Yes you are that predictable a demographic.