TCQ&A: Michael Boodro

Michael BoodroThe rules: Answer as many of the 47 questions as you like (but a minimum of 15, and you must answer #1–4). Please limit most answers to the general geographic area.

1. How long have you lived in the area? 12 years. Where did you move from? Upper West Side. Where are you originally from? Boston, mostly.

2. Married? Partnered? If so, what’s his/her name and occupation? Partner of 20 years is Robert Pini; he does corporate public relations at Rubenstein. We intend to get married, but haven’t gotten around to planning the party.

3. Kids? Pets? No

4. Where do you live? Hudson and N. Moore.

Elle Decor5. What do you do for a living? Editor in Chief of Elle Decor, what we call the fashion magazine for the home.

6. The best deal around: Two slices and a small Coke: $7 at Tribeca Pizzeria. And pretty decent slices at that.

7. Most-frequented restaurants: Walker’s (by far), Odeon, Jerry’s, Edward’s, Petite Abeille, Sarabeth’s, Dean’s.

8. For special occasions, I go to: The Harrison, Corton, Tamarind Tribeca, and Locanda Verde, on the very few occasions when I can finagle a reservation.

9. Best sandwich: The burger at Walker’s. Every time I go, I intend to order something else, and I invariably get the burger with a baked potato. Yum!

10. Sweet-tooth satisfaction: The lemon tart at Duane Park Patisserie.

13. I can’t resist popping into: Jonathan Burden [left] and Bed Bath & Beyond. Who doesn’t love a gadget?

14. The last non-essential item I bought: A pair of canvas jeans from Grown & Sewn on Franklin.

15. When I walk into my apartment, the first thing I see that I bought around here is: A small brown lacquer table from the going-out-of business sale at the shop that preceded Cristina Dos Santos (and I can’t even remember the name). [It was called More North. —Ed.]

17. How I stay fit: Twice-weekly workouts with Carlos at Tribeca Sports Center on Broadway. Plus a lot of walking—though Carlos says that doesn’t count.

18. Where I get beautiful: If only I could. But I do get manicures at i-Plaza.

19. What’s the area’s best-kept secret? Duane Park, a Frederick Law Olmsted gem, and the Irish Hunger Memorial in Battery Park City; very moving and the small garden is beautiful nine months of the year.

20. A recent enthusiasm: Walking under the allée of linden trees in Battery Park City when they are in flower; the scent is intoxicating. No wonder it inspired Proust.

22. A recent case of sticker shock: $14 for a movie at Regal Battery Park. Highway robbery!

27. I’ve never been to The Holocaust Memorial in Battery Park City and I don’t know why.

33. Pet peeve: The seemingly increasing number of dog owners who don’t clean up after their pets.

35 Thai 1171339. Tribeca could use more diners and Thai restaurants and fewer kids’ clothing stores and day spas.

40. If I could change one thing about the neighborhood: Finally finish the water-tunnel construction!

43. My best Tribeca story: We bought our apartment based on a floor plan, then had to wait over a year for the construction to be finished. I would come downtown, stare at the windows of what would become our apartment, and then wander the area. It seemed to me then that Tribeca was the coolest neighborhood in the city. Twelve years later, after seeing buildings fall and prices rise, a baby boom, and floods of hedge fund money and the waters of the Hudson, I still think it is the coolest neighborhood in the city.

45. Proof that change is good: Whole Foods.

46. If I couldn’t live here, I’d live in… NoHo or the West Village.

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