[Editor's note: This interview lends itself easily for wiseacre editorial comments, so please follow the brackets]
Banker by day, music promoter by night.
How long have you lived here?
Including 4 years at Fordham U in the Bronx, I have lived in NYC for 9 years.
Where are you from and where do you live now?
Grew up outside Philly, PA. I currently live in the South Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn (the real estate term for just on the cusp of the actual Park Slope), and I love it. [Southeast or Southwest Park Slope? Editor must contact broker]
One For You.
As a music promoter, what music do you like to listen to when not working? I have quite an eclectic taste in music, including acoustic, rock, jazz, blues, and hip hop. My favorite well-known bands are Five For Fighting, The Roots, Norah Jones, OutKast, Coldplay, Tribe, Nellie McKay, Pharcyde, Taj Mahal, Jamie Cullum, Keb Mo, and U2.
What is the best improvement to New York City in the last year?
Generally, there are a lot more free/cheap outdoor concerts and movies everywhere in the city that rocks. Specifically, this really cool website www.localmusicnow.net - entirely devoted to promoting local musicians started in February 2004. Expect the first annual local music compilation (which will benefit a local charity) in Fall 2004 (how cool is that!). Ah, shameless plugging... [Plug?! Any additional juice and Editor would be electrocuted]
If you could have a New York City neighborhood renamed after you which one would it be?
Bobs hood would be the combo of Prospect Park, the people of Park Slope, the convenience of Brooklyn Heights, the view of the Promenade, and the best of both hoods bars and restaurants. I know; I cheated. [Brooklyn is now Bobklyn]
What outerborough place you always say you would like to see but probably never will?
Well, I actually crossed a few off recently, and they both were amazing (Brooklyn Academy of Music in downtown Brooklyn and the Bohemian Biergarten in Astoria). As for places that I have not gone that I might never go unless someone asks me to go (HINT), the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and the Brooklyn Museum top the list. [Is Interviewee suggesting something? Editor must maintain composure and professionalism]
What' s your favorite subway stop?
At first I thought of some of the stations that have cool murals on them, etc, but I will change my choice to Yankee Stadium. The station is a dump, but it is a cool rush as you come out of underground on the D train and see the magic that is Yankee Stadium.
What happened the last time you went to LA?
By LA, I assume you really mean Miami, right? I am glad you asked. I just went to the famed South Beach and had a rockin time. Along with hitting the beach and knocking back some drinks at Miamis Automatic Slims, I went to this club called Mansion with a bachelorette party that my friend and I, well, befriended. Headed to the VIP area and shared some drinks with Ludacris, Stacey Mack (an NFL RB), and some very cute professional poker players (one just finished 4th in the ever-so-popular World Series of Poker). [Nope, Editor meant LA. Well I'm sure that's EXACTLY where Krucoff meant when he created this question. Oh, I almost nodded off during the name-dropping segment. Continue!]
Whats the one thing you miss whenever you leave New York?4AM last call, food delivery after 10PM, and amazing local musicians playing everywhere across the city. [Sly attempt at another plug...]
You've been asked to host a party and the only requirement is that you must invite three New York celebrities (alive), who would you extend an invite to?
Cool question. Well, what do you need to have a party? Tunes, conversation, and drinks, right? 1) Mos Def As innovative lyricist for his own solo album, one half of Black Star, and host of Def Poetry on HBO, Mos Def can definitely provide some rhymes and interesting conversation. He is also an up-and-coming actor, having done theater and film. What I like most about
Mos Def is that he remains "real" and as underground as possible despite his popularity. 2) David Cross. Everyone likes to laugh, and with his success on Mr Show, Arrested Development, and countless other projects, I would want David Cross as my funny guy to spark conversation. 3) Garrett Oliver. While you might not know this man, you know his work. He is a brewmaster for the famed Brooklyn Brewery. I recently read a great article on Garrett, and I am sure he could both provide some fine quality brews as well as stimulating conversation. [Editor believes that Interviewee should be a publicist for Mos, David and Garrett or Interviewee TOTALLY loves to see himself type.]
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