The Basics.
Age and occupation. How long have you lived here, where did you come from, and where do you live now?
Age 30. Massachusetts native. Moved to NYC at 22, been here more or less since. Current home: Rivington Street, Lower East Side.

Three For Thee.
1. I have to ask this.(OK. Deep breath. Close eyes. Say it quickly. Here goes...) Could-you-please-explain-your-involvement-in-a-Phish-fan-book-called-"Pharmers-Almanac"? (Whew, just a brief convulsion. No vomit.)
A seminal question that deserves a seminal answer. Way back in the days of yore-let's say, oh, 1990-I attended a boarding school deep in the woods of New Hampshire. (Phish aficionados could, and indeed do, peg this as the "Prep School Hippie" days of my youth.) One spring night, who should show up to play in our cafeteria but four bearded men from Burlington, VT? Let's just say one thing led to another, and a few years later when I was in college, my friend Andy Bernstein and I hit upon the idea to write a book about this band, which had graduated to playing mid-sized theaters. We self-published 1,000 copies of it (this was something akin to a high-grade photocopy, mind you) and hit the road. The copies sold out in one weekend of shows, and suddenly we had like $10,000-a dangerous, heady thing when you're 20 years old. (On the trip back, Andy was stopped by the police and accused of being a drug dealer, because who else keeps that kind of money in their socks? But that's another story for another Young Manhattanite to tell.) Eventually, we ended up doing five editions of the book ourselves and selling about 50,000 copies before Penguin bought us out. All in all, your classic indie rock sellout story, lacking only the gratuitous sex. (As everyone knows, Phish fans don't get laid.)

2. Your contribution to American Letters is quite impressive and multifarious: ruminations on real estate, restaurant reviews, and the recent launch of a landmark birthday book series. Are there other areas of interest you plan to wave your prolific publishing wand at?
It's worth noting that the subtitle of The Pharmer's Almanac was "The ultimate toilet reading for fans." I see my contribution to American letters thusly-a constant quest to provide only the finest in toilet reading. I believe Book of Ages 30 clears this bar, as does blogging in general.

3. Lower East Side vs. Williamsburg, care to comment?
Lower East Side can be anagrammed "A DESIRE LOWEST"; Williamsburg as "RABI SMUG WILL."

Proust-Krucoff Questionnaire
Best celebrity sighting in New York, or personal experience with one if you're that type.
Hanging at the table next to Sarah Jessica Parker at Pastis, 11:45pm, 9/10/01. Helps explain why everything the next morning initially felt like a particularly bad hangover.

What was your best dining experience in NYC?
The Il Bagatto era in the mid-1990s, before it was discovered by everyone from Matt's sister to Le Guide du Routard. Just an unbelievable run, the likes of which will never be repeated.

Just how much do you really love New York?
Not enough to root for the Yankees or Mets.

Medication: What and how much do you take?
Two Advil, too often.

9pm, Wednesday night - what are you doing?
Trick question, right? I mean, dude, I've got the DVR.

What's your New York motto?
"Ketel and tonic."

The End of The World is finally happening. Be it the Rapture, War of Armageddon, reversal of the Sun's magnetic field, or the Red Sox win the World Series. What are you going to do with your last 24 hours in NYC?
The Sox have won the series? Life is complete and the subsequent 24 hours meaningless. I'd probably sleep in.