TCQ&A: Anna Fader

Anna-FaderThe 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? Where did you move from? Where are you originally from? We have lived in our current apartment since 2004, but I grew up downtown. We rented a floor in a converted sewing factory on W. 14th Street when I was little for a few hundred dollars a month. We hung a trapeze in the living room and my dad built it out with lofted rooms. Mine had a window cut out of the wall that looked down on the living room. There was a double backyard behind the two buildings that I accessed by climbing out the kitchen window. It was so big we played Frisbee golf and baseball back there. When I walked into our current apartment I knew in a fraction of a second that it was our home. My kids have adorable lofted bedrooms and, yes, a trapeze hangs in our living room.

2. Married? Partnered? If so, what’s his/her name and occupation? So married. My husband and I met when I was 19 so I’ve been with him longer than without him now. Ed works at Google and, sorry, no, you can’t go for lunch.

3. Kids? Pets? Two kids, two pets. I try not to confuse them.

4. Where do you live? We live in the Potter Building. It’s one of the old newspaper buildings on Park Row.

5. What do you do for a living? I started Mommy Poppins, a website for local families, in 2007. NYC has incredible opportunities that many people don’t know about and trying to keep up with it all can be overwhelming. Mommy Poppins curates the city and surrounding areas. We just launched a free app to help people find nearby kid-friendly restaurants, playgrounds, and activities while on the go. It’s gotten a great response—I’m looking forward to developing that further.

6. The best deal around: Tasty Dumpling on Mulberry St. $1 for 5 dumplings. You can also buy a bag of 50 frozen dumplings for about $10 to make at home. Can’t beat that.

7. For special occasions, I go to: My kids flip for Ninja restaurant. It’s expensive and the food isn’t very good, but the experience is priceless. For myself, I like City Hall because the service is impeccable without being stuffy and so is the food.

8. Sweet-tooth satisfaction: The Wafels & Dinges truck. I don’t know how they make those waffles taste so good. It must be bad.

9. Most delicious cocktail: Ed is building a bartender robot. It doesn’t work yet so I can’t truly say it’s the best cocktail, but I have faith.

10. What’s the area’s best-kept secret? I love the little museum (left) in the elevator shaft on Cortland Alley. It’s the type of thing that you stumble on and have no idea what you’re looking at or why it’s there. It pops you out of your normal world.

11. When my kids are older, they’ll always remember the River to River Festival. We love stumbling onto amazing dance performances and art happenings. We saw this great dance installation once in the World Financial Center. My daughter was about five and she just looked at me and said, “I can’t believe I’m me.”

12. Kids’ classes you’d recommend: If you have little children, you have to enroll them in Children’s Tumbling. Suellen’s classes are a thing out of this time and, trust me, you will remember the cute little performances they do for the rest of your life.

13. My very favorite spot: City Hall Park. It’s beautiful every season and there’s great people watching with the mix of tourists with their J&R and Century 21 bags speaking foreign tongues and neighborhood folks with their dogs.

14. Pet peeve: The Greenpeace and Save the Children street fundraisers. My daily route takes me past them four times. I assume they are placed by the universe as some sort of zen test.

15. My best Tribeca story: During the snowstorm of ’79 we trekked down to Tribeca to visit my mom’s friend, the artist, Savannah. The neighborhood was so deserted back then that we were the first people to walk on the pristine snow on her block even though it hadn’t snowed for hours. Savannah had a job making these little clay Mr. Bills for Saturday Night Live. She had to make lots of them so that they could destroy them on the show. She showed us how to do it and we all sat around her kitchen table making Mr. Bills all night.

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  1. This is one of the best TCQ&A! I learned so much about the great woman behind Mommy Poppins. She is a real New Yorker.

  2. Huge fan of Mommy Poppins! Thanks for this.

  3. Big Fan of Mommy Poppins and Anna! Has it been 6 years already?

  4. Thanks for reminding me of the Museum! I’m going this week.

  5. What a great piece! When everyone else is trendifying parenting, MP is just keeping it honest. Big fan of Mommie Poppins

  6. Thanks to Anna for bringing Mommypoppin talents to Los Angeles…but she is one of the things that I miss the most about NYC and Tribeca!