What do you love about New York?
1. Being bombarded with so many people every day is really invigorating and full of creative and artistic fodder. I really like that. In most other cities, the bubble around you is much thicker and you just aren’t forced to confront as many people.
2. One thing that I have to do six days a week is play basketball at the 14th Street Y. I’m not very good at it, but I love playing it, and it gives me a complete release. There’s just a really great group of guys, and they’re really nice and generous. Because I’m not very good I have to pay so much attention when I play just not to get destroyed physically, so I can’t think about any other part of my life. I can’t think about e-mails or responsibilities or anything, so in that sense it’s sort of a real release, it’s meditative.
3. I love going to McCarren Park in Williamsburg because I live nearby. It’s not the prettiest or biggest of parks, but it’s all we have in Williamsburg. It’s sort of in the middle of Williamsburg, and there’s a big track on one side and a bunch of baseball diamonds on the other. And I just love walking through it, and looking at the trees and listening to people play sports. I don’t listen to music. I just listen to the people yelling at each other and stuff. It’s really fun.
4. I really like Red Hook. I really like walking along the water. That’s also a really quiet neighborhood. I like that it’s desolate, it’s quiet. There are cobblestones. There’s salt in the air. There’s a great bar called Sunny’s [currently closed due to hurricane Sandy damage] that I really, really love. Oh, it’s just sort of quiet. It’s out of the way.
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