gregdotorg_big.jpgThe Basics
Age and occupation. How long have you lived here, where did you come from, and where do you live now?
36 and a filmmaker (writer/director). I've lived in NYC for most of the last 14 years. For the last two years, I've been splitting time between NY and DC. I used to fly People's Express from Raleigh, NC in the earliest days of Details magazine, and to this day, I don't make a major life decision without consulting its prescient pages. I live on the lower upper east side, off Park Avenue in the 60's, surrounded by toy dogs in tote bags.

Three For Thee
1. How many movies a week do you watch and is there a correlation with your candy addiction?
I can burn through a good 6-8 movies a week (screenings, theater, and TV/DVD); if I'm writing or editing, I'm more likely to watch parts of movies that I want to pay homage to/ rip off. I don't have a candy addiction, what are you talking about? I rarely eat during movies, but I drink Diet Cokes that are as big as my head. Save me the aisle seat, indeed.

2. You worked at Razorfish during the height of the Internet's boom and doom. I was at Jupiter Research at that time and one day the web group director at Jup sent this memo to his staff: "Feel free to bring anything in that you think will make the place seem more 'Silicon Alley Funky'... I want Pseudo and Razorfish to envy us, not the other way around." How would you describe the 'Silicon Alley Funky' Design Era of the late 90's/early 00's?
Razorfish was deep in its "we wanna be a corporate sellout" mode when I got there (chicken and egg, I know), but the steel desks still looked very coke-friendly. My previous company, Luminant (which was really only famous for hosting that guy from The New Yorker who pretended to work there), actually bought a 'Silicon Alley Funky-In-a-Box' kit for its Dallas HQ, which consisted of royal blue walls, chartreuse wall pads, a neon squiggly pattern on the carpet, and middle-aged IT consultants half-heartedly dorking out with branded light sabres (Luminant, get it?). (The exact same design scheme was adopted recently by Song Airlines. It's the design equivalent of stock photography.)

After our IPO, I revealed myself to be the owner of ruminant.com, where I posted a design methodology that bore a striking resemblance to the digestive system of a cow. The fact that our President spent almost an hour debating the grave implications of ruminant.com in a weekly Exec. meeting proved there was little Funky and absolutely no Funny in that company.

3. If you win any awards, how do you plan to spend the cash prizes?
Dude, it is so obvious that Gothamist, not greg.org, is going to win, so enough with your trick questions. The correct answer is, Jen and Jake use the money to buy the losers a drink.

Proust-Krucoff Questionnaire
Please share a personal (and hopefully interesting) NYC taxi story.
Summer of 1991 or 92, it's about 1AM on Saturday, and The Posse is in two cabs going across 17th street to Roxy. It's hot, windows are up, A/C is on, and as we cross 9th Avenue, there is a guy with his leg under the rear wheel of a cab. The cab's stopped, and the driver's out of the car, staring at this wailing guy, but doing nothing. It's obvious the guy's screaming at the top of his lungs, but we can't hear a thing. We keep right on rolling at a crosstown pace as people stop and stare from the sidewalks. Roxy used to be a lot of fun. Then you'd go to Florent for breakfast, and Sound Factory at around 4-5. More than once, I left Sound Factory in the bright Sunday morning light and went straight to church, where the people obviously thought I was the Devil. Guess that answers your next question.

Time travel question: What era, day or event in New York's history would you like to re-live?
[see above]

9pm, Wednesday night - what are you doing?
Um, is this a trick question to weed out people who are tired of Law & Order or something? I'm probably at the gym. So that I can get home in time to see if South Park sucks this week or not.

What's the most expensive thing in your wardrobe?
It's probably a Gucci suit, but once I got over the instant gratification aspect of shopping and started getting suits made for me at Seize sur Vingt that were much better and cost much less, the only occasion for going to Gucci is when I need a nice bathroom in Midtown (it's on 5, btw).

Where do you summer?
Now that I married a woman whose family has a house in Provence, Provence. Before that, The Posse (8 people, with slight variations) would rent the same house in Southampton every year. One summer, we'd constantly wake up at 2AM and find strange townie men wandering the halls, and we'd have to call the cops. Then they'd come and laugh at us. Didn't we know that the house was rented by some dealer/skank whore in the winter? We promptly dubbed it Casa de Crack. Unsurprisingly, several of our Posse were founding members of Soho House. La plus ca change...

Who do you consider to be the greatest New Yorker of all-time? (Name up to three if you must.)
Well, there's the guy who came up with the grid, who got a chapter in Rem Koolhaas's book, Delirious New York. I looked it up: Gouverneur Morris, who was also something of a playboy, if I remember correctly. And he wrote the Constitution. That's pretty good.

[Check out Richard Brookhiser's biography of Morris, "Gentleman Revolutionary: Gouverneur Morris, The Rake who Wrote the Constitution."]

And Fran Liebowitz is very funny in a way I think is distinctly New York, but I'd still have to pick George Plimpton over her. Sentimental favorite these days.

Or Bill Gottleib, the bizarre real estate mogul who owned the village and meatpacking district and preserved the neighborhoods through decades of benign buy-and-hold neglect so that our generation could destroy them properly. (Richard Meier, Stella McCartney, I'm talking to you.)

What happened the last time you went to L.A.?
I should be regaling you with stories about pitches and taking meetings, but the last time I was in LA was for a family cruise, which we all got guilted into going on over New Year's. It left from LA and went to Mazatlan, Puerta Vallarta--the friggin' Love Boat route. It was a floating buffet table of overpriced, misguided "classiness." I *did* get to see the Lee Bontecou show at the Hammer before it comes to MoMA, though, so it wasn't a total loss. And I was able to get halfway through the new Don Quixote in a week.

Medication: What and how much do you take?
I have a glass of the new Diet Coke With Lime at my elbow right now (2:35AM). That pretty much sums it up.

Of all the movies made about (or highly associated with) New York, what role would you have liked to be cast in?
The guy in Scorsese's After Hours.

If you could change one thing about New York, what would it be?
Save the meatpacking district? Retroactively turn Giuliani into a human being (since, after all, he's going to be running for Vice President soon, and we may all have to live under his evil thumb again if we're not careful.) You can't just say, "Make it so Giuliani never existed," because of what Ashton Kutcher calls "The Butterfly Effect."

The End of The World is finally happening. What are you going to do with your last 24 hours in NYC?
It's the daily things that make the city rock for me. If I knew it was the last 24 hours, I'd probably just go about my normal, NY daily routine: sitting on the stoop in my undershirt listening to WNYC and reloading Gawker and Gothamist incessantly to see 1) if my stalker sighting gets included, and 2) if anyone's responded to my witty comment about pandas and the MTA.