TCQ&A: Jacob Weisberg

The 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? Moved to New York 20 years ago, to Tribeca 14 years ago.

2. Married? Partnered? If so, what’s his/her name and occupation? I’m married to Deborah Needleman. She’s the editor of T Magazine at the New York Times.

3. Kids? Pets? Lily, 15, and Nate, 13.

4. Where do you live? In a loft on Duane Street, between W. Broadway and Church.

Slate shirt25. What do you do for a living? I run Slate.

6. The best deal around: No contest: the veg combo at Pakistan Tea House for $6.49.

7. Most-frequented restaurants: With kids: Blaue Gans, American Flatbread, now the Hudson Eats food court. Without kids: Racines, Tamarind, Jungsik, North End Grill.

8. For special occasions, I go to: Shake Shack.

12. We usually order in from Gigino, and I always order the margherita pizza. It is still the best in the neighborhood. Also Takahachi and Benares.

13. I can’t resist popping into: Chambers Street Wines. Slate said it’s the best wine shop in America, and I agree.

15. When I walk into my apartment, the first thing I see that I bought around here is: A Hanna Eshel sculpture from Mondo Cane [now Patrick Parrish].

17. How I stay fit: Running along the Hudson River.

18. Where I get beautiful: My wife says I’m obsessed with local food sellers, and it’s true. If I had to single out one, it would be the fresh fish from Blue Moon at the Saturday Greenmarket on Greenwich Street. The smoked bluefish is one of the best things to eat in the whole Northeast.

19. What’s the area’s best-kept secret? The tiny Thai grocery on Mosco Street, which is itself a well-kept secret.

20. A recent enthusiasm: The “Secret” Bakery, a.k.a. Arcade Bakery on Church between Thomas and Worth. It’s the best bread I’ve had in New York, not to mention the amazing quiche and the pizzas they make at lunch.

22. A recent case of sticker shock: $4.75 for a sea-salt chocolate-chip cookie at the Sweet Corner Bake Shop on Hudson. It comes out to about $1 per chip. For that price, they should throw in a neck massage.

23. When my kids are older, they’ll always remember: The eternal archeological dig on Chambers Street, now expanded to Hudson.

24. Rainy-day activity: Basketball at Asphalt Green.

25. Advice for other parents: The neighborhood is very low on predators and kidnappers, so let your kids roam free. Also, they’ll love the giant slide at Teardrop Park.

29. How does the Bikini Bar on Duane St. stay in business? It’s the longest surviving business on our street, and seems to sell nothing at all.

32. My very favorite spot: The big lawn at Rockefeller Park, at sunset.

33. Pet peeve: The giant signs that block the light inside Equinox on Murray Street. The whole point of that gym is that is above ground and has natural light.

35. A doctor I’d recommend: Our pediatrician, Lilian Chiu on Harrison Street. We love her.

37. A local celebrity I’d like to run into: Richard Serra.

39. Tribeca could use more… Artists and writers. It’s not likely.

40. If I could change one thing about the neighborhood: Bring back All Good Things, which turned into Some Good Things, then No Good Things. Wonderful purveyors undone by dumb management.

41. A business I’d like to have here: A used bookstore. Also not likely at this point.

46. If I couldn’t live here, I’d live in…. The East Village. It’s a lot more varied and exciting.

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  1. Did he just put out the Bat signal to all predators and kidnappers?

  2. We are very fortunate to receive advice (as evidenced by q. 25) for free- slate would put up a paywall for access to such wisdom

  3. Maybe Jacob UnWeisberg is part of an elaborate sting with the NYPD to draw kidnappers and predators to Teardrop Park?

  4. I second his answers to 39 and 41. I miss Ruby’s and my friends who have moved away.