klapthor_big.jpgThe Basics
Age and occupation. How long have you lived here, where did you come from, and where do you live now?
I'm 27 and a graphic designer of children's books. Been living in NYC for nearly three years and originally came here from Athens, GA. I now live in the Boerum Hill section of Brooklyn.

Three, for the children
1. What do you like most about designing children's books?
Being able to read manuscripts that involve talking hamsters and pirate ghost ships. A child's imagination is beautiful and joyous. It's nice to be a part of that world on a daily basis. Helps to keep things in perspective during rainy days and Bush press conferences.

2. When you just can't take anymore Harry Potter hoo-ha, where do you seek salvation?
On the balcony of the Scholastic store with Adirondack chairs overlooking Soho, and the Clifford ride in the lobby.

3. Seriously, are books making kids more stupider?
Naturally that depends on what books they are reading. If it's Sweet Valley High then of course the answer is certainly not.

Proust-Krucoff Questionnaire
Please share a personal (and hopefully interesting) NYC taxi story.
It started when my taxi driver put on a Groucho Marx mask. Then he asked if we'd like to go to a hot dog stand. It was 3am and he bought drugs there. Then he ignored an ambulance siren while everyone else pulled over. Our driver plowed through an intersection and then he showed his hands to announce, "I'm in a filmstill!!" We were scared and our calm British companion remarked, "Mate, that's highly under-par." (This is all true.)

Time travel question: What era, day or event in New York's history would you like to re-live?
Every Fleet Week...experienced consecutively.

9pm, Wednesday night - what are you doing?
Finishing my third beer at Local 138.

What's your New York motto?
"No chicken bones in sight, I'm all right."

Best celebrity sighting in New York, or personal experience with one if you're that type.
Lou Reed with new white tennis shoes on.

Describe that low, low moment when you thought you just might have to leave NYC for good.
Coming home New Year's Eve 2003 to a robbed apartment. No G4 tower and my roommate had a rainbow pillow case stolen.

What's the most expensive thing in your wardrobe?
My Zoe & James winter coat which lord knows I got enough enough (too much) wear out of it this year. I got it in a boutique in Toronto. The best part of the coat: getting the sales tax back because I was in Canada.

Medication: What and how much do you take?
Enough to stay sane and unpregnant.

Of all the movies made about (or highly associated with) New York, what role would you have liked to be cast in?
Slimer in Ghostbusters.

The End of The World is finally happening. What are you going to do with your last 24 hours in NYC?
My taxes while watching the President and vomiting.