Age and occupation. How long have you lived here, where did you come from, and where do you live now?
I am 40. I co-own Pete's Candy Store and do the booking there. I grew up in Manhattan. Midtown. My family and I just moved to Amagansett, N.Y. -- yes, the Hamptons. We are squatting in my family's summer home.
Three from the mouth of Chris Gage
1. Being a co-owner of a bar, tell me, what affect has the no-smoking policy had. Be honest. I'm a smoker (pack a day and going strong!) and I really don't care one hoot about popping outside for 2 minutes to suck one down; I still go out nearly nightly. Is this thing hurting business in the least?
Yes it IS hurting business. Our numbers are down. Thank god we have a yard. Money is also lost in liquor costs. People go outside to smoke then the bartender may think they have left, they throw out their drink and then the drink has to be remade. Also neighbors hate the noise of the people on the street talking and talking on cell phones while they smoke. It causes alot of problems. I'm not a smoker and I think it's silly. My whole staff smokes, they couldn't care less that there is no smoking.
2. The back room of Pete's is an awesome subway-car-narrow music venue. How long have you been presenting music there and who has been holding court there recently, besides Blueberry and the ever-present-at-Pete's Reverend Vince Anderson?
We opened in december 1999 and in the spring of 2000 my business partner - Andrew McDowell and his friend Ryan McFaul - designed and built that room. Recent residencies here have included: Akron, Matty Charles & the Valentines, Company, Ursa Minor Recents musicians include: Picastro, Scout Niblett, Amy Allison. Mr. Will Oldham dropped in one Sunday unannounced.
3. Over the years, I've watched Pete's become a first-rate gaming location. You offer Bingo, Scrabble, and Trivia already. I propose additional games to this line-up: "Over the Top"-style arm wrestling, Texas Hold 'Em, and, of course, cockfights. Can you make any of these happen?
Hmmm......arm wrestling sounds good.
Time travel question: What era, day or event in New York's history would you like to re-live?
Sometimes I want to be a teenager in the 70's again, going to discos and dancing all night.
Best celebrity sighting in New York, or personal experience with one if you're that type.
I once was very intoxicated and out with my friends at Balthazar, when it just opened. I had recently met Jon Stewart at a party and he was so nice. So we walked into Balthazar and there was Jerry Seinfield, in my drunk state I thought he was Jon Stewart (don't ask how--I guess I thought comedian, Jewish...) and started chatting him up. He was really mad, insisting he didn't know me. I got really mad back and called him rude. The next morning I really had the jerks when I realized what I had said to the wrong person.
Describe that low, low moment when you thought you just might have to leave NYC for good.
I recently did last June. Although I commute back 2 days to work at Pete's. My husband and i had lived in Williamsburg since the early 90's and it had gotten too pricey for us to buy and even to rent. He is a glassblower and when his shop rent tripled and I got pregnant with our second child we realized we had to go. I'm not too happy and can't wait for the day I return. The week we moved I walked around the neighborhood crying and staring at the Manhattan skyline.
Where do you summer?
Who do you consider to be the greatest New Yorker of all-time? (Name up to three if you must.)
Mayor Koch, my mom--her 3 sisters
What was your best dining experience in NYC?
I just love DuMont here in Williamsburg, and BelleVille in Park Slope.
Just how much do you really love New York?
New York is my true love.
What happened the last time you went to L.A.?
I liked it. It's too bizarre not to love. Last time I went I wandered around trying to find tampons and didn't see one store. I asked a passerby who pointed to this huge building and said "go inside." I walk in and find a mall inside of an office building. Everything is hidden away there.
Of all the movies made about (or highly associated with) New York, what role would you have liked to be cast in?
I would love to have been in Sex and the City (I know it's not a movie, yet.)
If you could change one thing about New York, what would it be?
More elevators in the subway for us moms, and think of all the old people and handicapped, they can't get around.
The End of The World is finally happening. What are you going to do with your last 24 hours in NYC?
Sit on the Williamsburg Bridge with my loved ones and sing.