Age and occupation. How long have you lived here, where did you come from, and where do you live now?
I'm 33 and I'm the Senior Features Editor for NBA.com, meaning I plan content, interview players, write stuff, crop photos, code in HTML, etc. I'm from Maryland originally, and I live in the East Village now.
Three for You
1. You recently covered the NBA Finals in Los Angeles. What was the atmosphere like there - movie premiere or sporting event?
Definitely more of a sporting event. Gotta give 'em credit, but L.A. loves its Lakers. I think it's the fact that, as a fan, you're so visible at these games. Plus, they spend enough time outdoors. It doesn't bother them to be inside during the spring and summer months.
2. Without putting your job at risk, what's your best "locker room story"?
The time I asked a towel-clad, 6-10 Alonzo Mourning the wrong question after a big loss. That was terrifying. And then on the opposite side, being in the locker room after the Spurs won it all last season. Watching Frenchman Tony Parker dancing and singing and spraying champagne everywhere with the French media was pretty fantastic. Of course, they might have been singing 'Holiday In Cambodia' for all I know.
3. Apart from following basketball, you acted in and edited your first music video which may (or may not) appear on MTV2 for The Oranges Band. Can you describe the experience and your future in music videos?
It was just a fun, fun day spent race-walking -- although you can't tell that's what we're doing in the video -- around the island of Manhattan. We started up in Fort Tryon Park at the top of the island, and eventually made our way all the way down to the Lower East Side. The best part was when we dorked out and cut through the crowds at the Sheep Meadow in Central Park. It was a beautiful spring day and the place was packed. Mild-mannered me felt like I was streaking the place. You can watch the video here. Thankfully, I don't get naked in it. Though I do get fat.
Please share a personal (and hopefully interesting) NYC taxi story.
I don't ride in taxis any more, I race them. They moved our office out to New Jersey two years ago, at which point I became a car commuter. So now I see cabs as big, yellow bumper cars. You can ram them from behind and they won't do anything. I'm serious; I've hit at least three of them, once pretty hard. The driver just waved his arm out the window and shook his head, then he drove off. The passenger in the back looked angrier than he did. Crazy.
Time travel question: What era, day or event in New York's history would you like to re-live?
You know that part in the 'Search for Animal Chin' skate video where Lance Mountain, Tommy Guerrero and all those guys are skating down the streets of New York, skitching off the backs of buses and delivery trucks and stuff? Sure you do. Well anyway, if I could've somehow been a part of their crew that day, I honestly believe I'd be a much different person today. I mean, who knows what direction that kind of experience would've nudged my life compass in? Other than that, a little advice to everyone, but when the Knicks finally do win it all, leave your damn apartments and put some beer in a brown bag. The city is guaranteed to get funky that night. It'll make the Yankees celebration in '96 look like, well, a Yankees celebration.
9pm, Wednesday - what are you doing?
Cropping photos, downloading music and editing video. I pretty much live on my Powerbook. It's sad, really.
What's your New York motto?
"You want I should call security?"
Best celebrity sighting in New York, or personal experience with one if you're that type.
I went to the MTV Video Awards some years back, and after meeting everyone from Tim Robbins to Snoop at the after-party, in walks Blake Schwarzenbach of Jawbreaker and Jets to Brazil fame at like 2 in the morning. I ran over to him and started gushing about how big a fan I am. He was friendly enough, but at one point was like, 'Hey, this is great, but you're probably the only person in here who even knows who I am.' But it still made my night.
Describe that low, low moment when you thought you just might have to leave NYC for good.
Summer of '98. I'd just returned to New York after making a conscious decision to leave a year earlier. I'm sitting on my couch, jobless on a sweltering weekday afternoon and just thinking, 'I have no fucking idea why I decided to come back up here. This city's too much. I'm going back to Baltimore where my friends and family are.' But a week later I got a job I enjoyed, and, just like that, I couldn't imagine myself anywhere else. Things just turned that quickly.
Just after midnight on a Saturday - what are you doing?
If things are going well, shooting drunken antics on video.
What's the most expensive thing in your wardrobe?
My iPod. (I just became a bad joke, didn't I? The bigger joke is that this is the truth. By a wide margin.)
Where do you summer?
Well, I don't think anywhere this summer, but if I had my way, I'd get another group house out in Montauk. That was easily one of the best summers I've ever had. Though last summer in the Catskills was surprisingly enjoyable as well.
Who do you consider to be the greatest New Yorker of all-time?
Bobby Valentine. Him wearing a bad fake moustache and sunglasses back into the Mets dugout after getting ejected from a game pretty much summed up what it means to be a New Yorker to me: crazy, driven, and, well, a little sexy.
What was your best dining experience in NYC?
Four plates ... the grilled asparagus salad at Perbacco, the chocolate bread pudding at Five Points, the dates in bacon at Xunta, and the sauteed spinach at Il Posto.
Just how much do you really love New York?
Upon popping out of the Holland Tunnel some 10 years ago (I was visiting for a weekend), I absolutely and completely knew that this was the city I was going to call home for a long, long time. Of course, I moved away a few years later (due to a family situation) but I'm back and, for better or worse, don't see myself going anywhere.
What happened the last time you went to L.A.?
I'm writing this from L.A. so I'll have to get back to you. Pretty much working and sleeping. Though I think I'm going to interview pro skater Eric Koston while I'm out here. That's pretty exciting.
Medication: What and how much do you take?
I used to have a real problem with video games, but I think I've successfully kicked the habit.
Of all the movies made about (or highly associated with) New York, what role would you have liked to be cast in?
I'd either be the titular character in the movie Godzilla so I could squish all the bridges and tunnels into New Jersey -- that way they'd have to move us back to the New York office; I really, really hate not working in the city -- or I'd be one of Geoffrey Wright's buds in Basquiat. Benicio Del Toro, I guess. It just looked like those dudes were livin'.
If you could change one thing about New York, what would it be?
The East River Park. So much potential.
The End of The World is finally happening. What are you going to do with your last 24 hours in NYC?
Have a kid.