stacey_big.jpgThe Basics
Age and occupation. How long have you lived here, where did you come from, and where do you live now?
I’m 32 and don’t lie about my age. I come from Ohio, and made it a mission to be in NYC by the time I turned 25 and I finally made it five days after my 26th birthday. I lived in the East Village for the first few years I was here, now I ride the F Train to and from Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn where I can fit not one, but two couches in my apartment. I work at AOL Music, where I watch pop videos for a living.

Three on the Tree
1. One day, I'd love to have tiny electronic implants in my ears that allow me to listen to any song I'm thinking of. I'd be willing to pay $100 for the hardware and 25 cents a song. As a Director of AOL Music, what do YOU think is the "future" of online music and viable business models?
First off, I’d like to thank you for the promotion and title-escalation, catapulting me from the standard corporate ‘manager’ title to the much-desired corporate ‘director’ position. The future of digital music arrived the day I bought my first-generation 5-gig iPod. CDs will go away, and they’ll never have hipster cred like vinyl.

2. If you could have a sit-down with Michael Jackson, what advice would you give him at this point in his career?
Stop fucking kids. Quick Michael Jackson, story: I was a huge fan in 7th grade in Salem, Ohio and would have sold my favorite Forenza outfit to go to his concert. Rumor in my town was this one kid we knew sat down to breakfast with his brothers and sisters one morning and when they were told to clear their plates, they each had a ticket to his sold-out show! We hated that kid.

3. Do you miss the old Napster like the high school friend who went to college and really lost touch with everyone??
I miss Napster like I miss the days I could drink three Maker’s Mark and ginger ales and still get out of bed in the morning. Sadly, my idea of turning Napster into the ultimate online dating service never took off. I really thought two people finding each other’s dream playlists with Pavement’s version of ‘Box Elder’ on it could make perfect matches.

Proust-Krucoff Questionnaire
Please share a personal (and hopefully interesting) NYC taxi story.
Last time my family came to town, I actually got dressed up and put on makeup and the driver gave me a free ride. These things don’t happen to a girl like me. My family was impressed.

Time travel question: What era, day or event in New York's history would you like to re-live?
I’d have a seat at The Algonquin Round Table.

9pm, Wednesday night - what are you doing?
Making a Dr. Praeger’s veggie burger at home, wishing America’s Next Top Model was on.

What's your New York motto?
"You know, I could just call in sick today."

Best celebrity sighting in New York, or personal experience with one if you're that type.
I love this part! I love celebrities! Once, I got a UPOC text message that Liv Tyler was eating sushi at Hasaki with her Spacehog boyfriend, while I was drinking upstairs at Angel Share. My friend Chad and I looked at each other, said, ‘I’m hungry’ and went downstairs and sat next to them. Again: dork. Best sighting for real is a tie: Beck looking ultra-hip while carrying an umbrella on Mercer; two Beastie Boys, Spike Jonze, Sophia Coppola and nearly the entire Coppola family by Café Habana.

Describe that low, low moment when you thought you just might have to leave NYC for good.
Hearing rats scratch outside of your East Village apartment will do it. Being hungover while hearing it will really do it.

Just after midnight on a Saturday - what are you doing?
I’m either at an indie rock show or Watching West Wing on DVD in bed, most likely.

What's the most expensive thing in your wardrobe?
My black Martin ‘Sgt Pepper’ jacket that I love and your mom called me ‘one of those sporty hippies’ or something like that when she saw me in it.

Finish one of the four following sentences:
1) "Outside of his building, on E. 9th Street, Chip took money from Enid and..."
...then proceed to relieve himself in the trashcans outside of Stacey Herron’s bedroom window apartment at 635 E. 9th Street, directly eye-level into her bedroom.

Where do you summer?
Usually on the streets of NYC, but a fantastic summer in a Montauk beach house was great. Changed my perception on people who actually ‘summer.’ That term still makes me feel weird.

Who do you consider to be the greatest New Yorker of all-time? (Name up to three if you must.)
Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore. Dorothy Parker.

What was your best dining experience in NYC?
Mama’s. Must be a midwestern thing. I also never tire of the black-bean avocado sandwich thing at Café Habana, burritos at Bean and Benny’s, pasta at Aqua Santa and everything at Lil’ Frankies. I’m a simple girl. But the food at Babbo was actually very good when I was there.

What happened the last time you went to L.A.?
I stayed at Chateau Marmont and it was great. I thought, ‘I really need to get some rims,’ even though I don’t own a car.

Medication: What and how much do you take?
Clartin and Advair. It’s cheaper than the Kleenex I’d buy without it.

Of all the movies made about (or highly associated with) New York, what role would you have liked to be cast in?
I’d be the girl who wears the cigarette girl costume in My Favorite Year.

If you could change one thing about New York, what would it be?
My apartment wouldn’t be so hot in the winter.

The End of The World is finally happening. Be it the What are you going to do with your last 24 hours in NYC?
I’d stroll around downtown with my boy, stopping for food and drinks at all my favorite places, and I’m sure I’d see some things I’ve never noticed before, like every time I do just that.