Age and occupation. How long have you lived here, where did you come from, and where do you live now?
31, originally from Kew Gardens, Queens. All 31 years spent in NYC. I've lived in four of the five boroughs...the Bronx for college, Park Slope for about four years, Manhattan for a year, back to Park Slope for a couple of years, and now Forest Hills. (As for Staten Island, driving through it to get to Atlantic City is enough.) I head the new media department for Razor & Tie, which is a direct response marketing company/independent record label hybrid.
Three for You
1. How do you feel that Fran Drescher as the Nanny once single-handedly represented the rest of the world's perception of your entire borough?
Both Fran Drescher and her character are from Flushing, so I can't fault her for basically playing herself. But the accent...yeesh. No one really sounds like that. I'll take Leah Remini's King Of Queens character over the Nanny even though she's from Brooklyn and grew up in L.A..
2. We all know the Ramones were from Queens which just might be the coolest claim you could ever make. It says here you work at an independent music label so I assume you're up to date on the sounds around town. Is there anything going on in Queens besides weird metal bands now?
You can't overlook the major hip-hop and rap artists that hail from the borough - Run-DMC, LL Cool J, Tribe, Nas, and most recently, 50 Cent. As for rock, all I can say is if you're wondering where all the goth and metal kids went after being run out of town by hipsters, they're alive and well and living in Queens.
3. Give me three reasons why Queens is the best borough. (Even though it isn't.)
Only three? The Mets, Forest Hills Gardens, and the refreshing absence of irony.
Please share a personal (and hopefully interesting) NYC taxi story.
Standing on 6th Ave, I step off the curb and my hand is about halfway up when two cabs spot me - one is in the lane closest to the sidewalk, and the other is way on the other side. The far side cab starts to cross 4 lanes of traffic to try to get to me first. The cab closer to me sees this and speeds up to get the fare. They collide right in front of me. So I step around the chaos and get into another cab. Must have been a slow night.
Time travel question: What era, day or event in New York's history would you like to re-live?
1962, before JFK was shot and the post-war bubble burst. TWA's heyday. I'd love to land at Idlewild, deplane, walk across the tarmac and exit through the Eero Saarinen terminal. Its being taken over by JetBlue and I'm excited the building is being somewhat revived, though it won't quite be the same.
9pm, Wednesday - what are you doing?
Its baseball season, so I'm flipping between games on MLB Extra Innings to see how my players are doing.
Best celebrity sighting in New York, or personal experience with one if you're that type.
Following Alec Baldwin home from the 1 train. It was in high school, right around "Dress Grey," so he was still hot then. At least to a couple of 13 year-olds.
What's the most expensive thing in your wardrobe?
My Japan National Team soccer jersey, if you count airfare.
Where do you summer?
What was your best dining experience in NYC?
A tie between Knickerbocker and Union Square Cafe. Knickerbocker is probably the most under-rated steakhouse in town. Union Square Cafe is an amazing experience, from the service to the wine to the food, top-notch all the way.
Just how much do you really love New York?
When you fly in and no matter how crappy the flight was you can't help but smile when you first glimpse the city, that's when you know you really love New York.
What happened the last time you went to L.A.?
I took a cab from West Hollywood to Santa Monica to pick up my car, which had been left in the parking lot of The Joker the night before. Not recommended.
Of all the movies made about (or highly associated with) New York, what role would you have liked to be cast in?
Carrie Fisher's character, Marie, in When Harry Met Sally.
If you could change one thing about New York, what would it be?
More greenways. DC has the best bike trails that can actually be used for commuting without risking your life. I'd love to see a greenway down the middle of Queens Boulevard. That would be something.
Edith writes about Queens, among other things, on her namesake website EdithBellinghausen.com.