I’ve had a love affair with New York for a long time. I’ve lived here on and off since I was 19 years old. I’m 40 now. But mostly it’s been in furnished sublets that I didn’t choose to live in. I didn’t choose the furniture. I’m there because I’m there for six weeks while I’m doing a show or I’m there for three months. When David [Burtka] and I met, we got a furnished sublet together. We only rented a place together, but it’s always felt like we were kind of in someone else’s world. And it’s only recently now that we’ve moved here full tilt that we’re determining if this is our world. And I just can’t wait to start planting some roots and really start to live the full New York life.
What do you love about New York?
1. The food here is spectacular. We just went to Peasant, which is a wonderful restaurant. Mario Batali’s got great places. Bobby Flay opened a new place recently that he’s working at in the back [Gato in NoHo]. So, just every night that you choose, you can have a spectacular meal.
2. We’ve been out with the kids all the time and playdates at the parks. Not only is Central Park is fantastic, but these smaller parks, what they’ve done with Tompkins Square Park, Washington Park. There’s little ABC Playground in the Lower East Side, which is where we’re living temporarily. It’s just fantastic. And so the kids get to have these wonderful experiences all the time.
3. I do love watching the shift in the weather. I love watching people who have been cold over long period of time embrace being able to wear short-sleeve shirts and go out and play Frisbee and sit outside on patios and at beer gardens on roofs. I feel like New Yorkers really live the full 12 months of life.
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