Christopher David, 37

Bayard St between Union and North 11th Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn


Photograph: Jay Muhlin

What do you do? I'm in a band and I do some modeling. I'm just coming from a shoot, actually.

Who are your friends? These are my little girls, Popple, Odette and 'Nuff.

I've heard dogs are as smart as two-year-old humans. Yeah. I'd say these dogs are probably smarter than some 30-year-old humans.

So are you the old cat lady, except with dogs? [Laughs] Yeah, right? People are like, "Oh, are you a dog walker?" Either that or they think I'm gay because they're froufrou dogs.

Chick magnets, though? They are, but the women remember the dogs' names and not mine. [Laughs]


But you're a model! Yeah, but it's all about the dogs.

So are you more Zoolander or Brno? Um, how 'bout neither?

Fine. Do you watch what you eat? Uh, no. I have a very full life, and I don't have a lot of time to eat huge meals. I'm not skinny skinny skinny—I'm probably the fat guy on most shoots. [Laughs]

And what's the deal with your band? It's called the Violet Hour, which is the name of a short story that a lot of plays were written from.

And you're the lead? Yeah, I'm the main songwriter. The name of the band as a dramatic reference is an oxymoron: There's really no drama at all.

What's a band without drama? Um, more fun.

More from Christopher 

"That new station 101.9 RXP is fantastic. I usually hate New York radio, but they're unbelievable—they play everything from Led Zeppelin to the Killers to Idlewild and Placebo—new and old. It's pretty awesome."

"All these dogs are rescues. Popple was a puppy-mill dog who was stuck in a cage for six years, and Odette and 'Nuff are 'retired' show dogs."

"I'm fortunate enough to be a property owner on Bedford Avenue. I moved out here in 2000, back when there were crack whores and drunks on my stoop. It was a bad area then, but it was also a stone's throw from Manhattan. I had to renovate the place from soup to nuts. I was in the right place at the right time."

—Kate Lowenstein