TCQ&A: Edward Burns

Edward BurnsThe rules: Answer as many of the 48 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? I’m originally from Long Island.

2. Married? Partnered? If so, what’s his/her name and occupation? The smart and beautiful Christy Turlington Burns.

3. Kids? Pets? Two awesome kids, two great dogs.

4. Where do you live? Northern Tribeca.

5. What do you do for a living? Write, direct, act, produce. Create. [His new TV show, Public Morals—parts of which were shot around here—premieres tonight at 10 p.m. on TNT.]

6. The best deal around: Lunch at Walker’s.

7. Most-frequented restaurants: Da Claudio.

8. For special occasions I go to: Brushstroke.

9. Best sandwich: Columbine.

10. Sweet-tooth satisfaction: Baked by Melissa.

11. Most delicious cocktail: A pint of Guinness.

12. I usually order in from Gigino, and I always order the chicken osso buco.

13. I can’t resist popping into: The Square Diner for a black-and-white milkshake.

14: The last non-essential item I bought: Another set of Beats headphones.

15. When I walk into my apartment, the first thing I see that I bought around here is: A leather basketball from Shinola.

16: I’m so glad Sweetgreen is in the neighborhood, because without it I’d eat cheeseburgers for lunch every day.

17. How I stay fit: Been training with Darryl for years at the Live Well Company gym [left].

18. Where I get beautiful: Tom at Tortola on Beach Street has been giving me great haircuts for over 10 years.

19. What’s the area’s best-kept secret: Linguine with clams at Tutto Il Giorno.

20. A recent enthusiasm: Mini golf on Pier 25.

21: A worthy splurge: Mr. Chow‘s takeout.

22. A recent case of sticker shock: An Uber ride to Queens.

23. When my kids are older, they’ll always remember: Whoopee Cushions from the Balloon Saloon.

24. Rainy-day activity: Killing a few hours at Color Me Mine.

26. Kids’ classes you’d recommend: Gymnastics at NYC Elite and basketball at Asphalt Green.

27. I’ve never been to White Street restaurant [right] and I don’t know why.

30. I tend to take out-of-towners to: Hudson River Park for a walk.

32. My very favorite spot: Duane Park.

33. Pet peeve: People in crosswalks looking at their phones.

34. If money were no object, I’d have an office in 1 World Trade.

38. The most romantic spot around: Bouley.

39. Tribeca could use more ice cream shops and fewer coffee shops.

40. If I could change one thing about the neighborhood: I’d cobblestone all the streets.

41. A business I’d like to have here: My own small Irish pub.

42. A business I miss: The little magazine shop on Hudson between N. Moore and Franklin.

43. My best Tribeca story: Coming down to the Tribeca Film Center building in 1993 with a copy of the script for The Brothers McMullen and hoping Harvey Weinstein would walk out so I could hand it to him. But her never did.

45. Someone who lives here who I really think you should meet: Two artists who are longtime Tribeca residents, Michael Norton and Ruth Hardinger.

46. Proof that change is good: The ball field and park on Pier 25.

47. If I couldn’t live here, I’d live in…. The West Village.

48. I wish you had asked me about: The best seafood restaurant in Tribeca—Thalassa on Franklin.

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  1. EriK, I think Ed missed two questions:

    49. Have you ever won “Where in Tribeca?”: No

    50. Does your lovely wife think less of you for never having won “Where in Tribeca?”: Yes

    • And when I took his photo today, he specifically mentioned “Where in Tribeca…?” as something he likes about the site.

      • Of course that’s what he’s going to say….there’s a lot of awkward silences at the Turlington-Burns dinner table about why Ed can’t get an answer up regarding “Where in Tribeca?” At least that’s what the downstairs neighbor is telling me.

  2. Thanks for this – have loved him for years! And happy to see that I would answer at least a few of the questions with the same answer.
    And no, I’m not the Christy listed above (I wish).

  3. Please open an Irish Pub so I can apply to work there – LOL

  4. Plenty of empty storefronts that would be ripe for an Irish Pub!

  5. I need to go take a cold shower now.

  6. For Sweets Ed may I suggest: Duane Street Patisserie on Duane Street. You can grab a coffee and sweet and go sit in your favorite park!
    I would also like all the streets laid with cobble-stones but the nice European kind so I can comfortably cycle on them!

  7. Ruth & Michael are the BEST neighbors ever!

  8. Regarding #42, the loss of The Fourth Estate, Mary and Fred Parvin’s store, is something I think of at least once a month. It really was Tribeca’s last real salon – no, not nail salon or hair salon – where artists, journalists, broadcasters, real estate agents, actors, lefties and general intellectuals would gather nightly for wine and serious conversation. Mary was too flinty and feisty, and at the same time too generous, to make money. The constellation of creatives who would gather there was both dazzling and routine. The Fourth Estate couldn’t happen again in this neighborhood. Rents are too high, and Mary was old-school, “Bill Kunstler” radical, so the circumstances no longer exist.