TCQ&A: Kate Stewart

Kate StewartThe 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’ve been in Tribeca since we moved to the U.S. in 2005. I can’t imagine living anywhere else in the city. Prior to making New York home, I lived in London for six years, although I’m originally from an industrial town called Bolton in the north of England.

2. Married? Partnered? If so, what’s his/her name and occupation? Married to Alex, an Australian surfer/banker. Sadly for him, banking is his full time profession and surfing is just what he wishes he did full time.

3. Kids? Pets? Two funny, gorgeous little girls—Olivia, 6, and Chloe, 4.

4. Where do you live? In an old warehouse on N. Moore between Hudson and Varick—above the great Brazilian furniture store, Espasso.

Spoonable by Patricia L Brown5. What do you do for a living? Too much, really, but I can’t seem to help myself getting involved in new projects all the time. My new business, Sourced USA, is an online retail platform selling some of the best American-made artisan products out there, including lots of locally sourced New York goods. I’m totally passionate about supporting skilled artists and artisans as opposed to buying mass made, homogenous goods, and Sourced USA is a great online destination for anything ranging from food and skincare to gifts and home goods. (Use the code CITIZEN for a 10% discount and free shipping.) The other hat I wear is that of interior designer and I try to stay true to the same ethos of supporting artisans in my design work, too. Our own apartment is a testament to that philosophy. [Spoonable photo by Patricia L Brown.]

6. The best deal around: Square Diner is a total bargain, especially during happy hour.

7. Most-frequented restaurants: My kids and I live in Bubby’s—we have an early dinner there at least once a week. But I’d rather go hungry than deal with the weekend brunch madness. I’m loving Terra right now too—delicious sharing plates, super friendly staff, and warm, cozy setting. And I hang out in Pécan quite a lot during the day. I love their soups. This sounds like I only go to restaurants at either end of my street, but I promise I’m not that lazy!

9. Best sandwich: The meatball sub at Terroir is something I dream about.

10. Sweet-tooth satisfaction: The Spoonable caramel sauce we sell on Sourced. I keep it stocked in my apartment and it is dangerously irresistible.

11. Most delicious cocktail: They make the perfect Manhattan at the bar at Locanda Verde. It’s all about the ingredients—particularly the vermouth.

12. I usually order in from Viet Café, and I always order the chili calamari and pho.

13. I can’t resist popping into: Matt Bernson (left) and Joy Gryson‘s boutiques.

14. The last non-essential item I bought: I just got back from vacation in Uruguay and bought a hand knitted poncho whilst I was there. As I’m not a gaucho, I’d say that it’s definitely non-essential—but I love it and to be honest I’m not sure I could live without it!

15. When I walk into my apartment, the first thing I see that I bought around here is: A candlestick I bought at Cristina Dos Santos.

16. I’m so glad P.S. 234 is in the neighborhood, because without it I’d have to fork out a fortune in private school fees.

17. How I stay fit: At the moment I do a combo of SoulCycle and personal training but I’ve been meaning to check out Lyons Den Power Yoga.

18. Where I get beautiful: Younghee Salon.

19. What’s the area’s best-kept secret? It’s probably not a secret for locals, especially those with kids, but I love the Taste of Tribeca food festival (right), and all of the other events in the neighborhood that demonstrate the real sense of community we have here. I also love the New Amsterdam Market. [Photo by Rebecca Yale Portraits.]

24. Rainy-day activity: Children’s Museum of the Arts.

26. Kids’ classes you’d recommend: Downtown Dance Factory is brilliant! I love all the teachers and the recital the kids do at the BMCC at the end of the year is amazing—better than any Broadway show, in my opinion!

28. I’m sorry, Bubble Lounge, but I won’t be coming back.

29. How does the surf shop on Duane that’s never open stay in business?

31. I wish I lived in…. my apartment right now. It’s the first space we’ve owned in the city and after a gut renovation I’m totally besotted.

33. Pet peeve: Littered sidewalks and people who don’t clean up after their pets.

34. If money were no object, I’d still send my kids to P.S. 234.

36. My most memorable celebrity sighting: When I first moved to Tribeca from London, George Clooney’s trailer was parked outside my front door for about a week whilst he was filming Michael Clayton. I was totally starstruck and spent all day thinking up reasons to go in and out of my apartment so I could “bump” into him.

38. The most romantic spot around: The bar! Joking aside, if I want to have an intimate meal with my husband, a restaurant bar is my favorite place to sit.

39. Tribeca could use more small, locally owned restaurants and fewer corporate-account restaurants.

45. Proof that change is good: Citi Bike.

46. If I couldn’t live here, I’d live in… the Pacific Northwest.

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  1. The Sourced website does not have an up to date security certificate.

  2. I just ordered something and there was no issue with the security certificate – great products!

    Make it a beautiful day x