What do you love about New York?
1. My favorite place in New York is Sullivan Street between Houston and Prince. That’s my old block. That’s where I spent my formative 20s. I loved my apartment there. I lived right above Joe’s Dairy. I’m still friends with the owner of the cheese shop. I go there every time I’m in New York to get some salted mozzarella or some smoked mozzarella.
2. I also love Once Upon a Tart, which is this great little bakery/coffee place. They’ve got the best scones in the city. It’s just a great little block of people there. It’s changed now. It’s much more upscale than it was when I was there, but I still go back every time I’m in New York and I say hello to the old-timers who are still there.
3. I also used to be a big runner. And I used to always run down all the way to Battery Park, to the very tip. There’s a little Chinese garden down there that I love. When you get down to the bottom tip of the promenade, you see a bench and a sort of a Chinese-type awning and you can look out and see the Statue of Liberty, and then it curves around. And then there’s a lovely little sort of garden. And there’s a breeze that comes off the water and you can see the boats passing by and see the Statue of Liberty.
4. Now that I have my kids—we have three children—I do things that are more child friendly. This past winter, we loved going ice skating in Bryant Park. We also went to the Lasker Rink in the north part of Central Park. They loved ice skating this winter. One of the best places to go for a day is the Children’s Museum of Art, which is now located on Charlton Street. My kids did the camp recently, over the spring break, where they did a bookmaking course and the teachers there are fantastic. They do painting, they do animation, and it’s just a really wonderful way to spend the afternoon doing art with your children. … My kids would just skip off to the subway to get there every morning. They love it.
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