What makes you a true New Yorker?
We asked notable city dwellers to share their recommendations and advice.
Wed Mar 28 2012
Photograph: Mindy Tucker
Julie Klausner (julieklausner.com), comedian and host of the podcast How Was Your Week?
“It’s sort of impossible to be bored when you [walk around New York City], since neighborhoods change all the time—restaurants close, people wear crazy shit, there’s always something to see, even when the weather is lousy. Not every city has that built into its design.”
“See a movie in the middle of the day by yourself, because you can. I remember when Pecker came out [in 1998], and it was the first new John Waters film in a while. The Angelika Film Center (18 W Houston St at Mercer St; 212-995-2000, angelikafilmcenter.com) was packed on its first night, which was really cool.”
“There’s Jew stuff to do, which is nice. Russ & Daughters (179 E Houston St between Allen and Orchard Sts; 212-475-4880, russanddaughters.com) and Katz’s Delicatessen (205 E Houston St at Ludlow St; 212-254-2246, katzsdelicatessen.com) are pretty unchanged downtown institutions that I’m proud of. I’m excited about the Whitney Biennial and the Cindy Sherman exhibit at MoMA (11 W 53rd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves; 212-708-9400, moma.org). I like going to Film Forum (209 W Houston St between Sixth Ave and Varick St; 212-727-8110, filmforum.org) and the Walter Reade Theater (Lincoln Center, 165 W 65th St between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave; 212-875-5600, lincolncenter.org). The UCB Theatre (307 W 26th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves; 212-366-9176, ucbtheatre.com) is great; the new one in the East Village (153 E 3rd St between Aves A and B; 212-366-9231, east.ucbtheatre.com) is worth visiting. I recommend eating as much pizza as you possibly can when you’re here. I’d recommend that to anyone.”
“I’m what Grammy Hall [from Annie Hall] calls a real New York Jew. My mom is from Brooklyn, my dad is from the Bronx, I went to NYU and I’ve lived in the city ever since. I don’t think being a New Yorker is a something as simple as having lived her for X amount of years, figuring out which trains to take without looking at a map, or knowing when to avoid Times Square (which is all the time, unless you have theater tickets and a Klonopin prescription for the purpose of bracing yourself prior). I really do think it’s a disposition you gain with experience. You’re more guarded and cynical, but you’re also intelligent and curious. You’ve seen and heard everything so you really are genuinely ravenous for something new and fascinating—something truly great that breaks through all of the jabber. New Yorkers have friends with different kinds of jobs they’re passionate about, and they have absolutely no time for bullshit, which includes anything boring or time-sucking. When I’m away from New Yorkers or former New Yorkers for too long, I lose my mind.”