Why I love NYC: Pat Kiernan

The NY1 talking head---and trivia fiend---shares his favorite spots in the city.

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  • Pat Kiernan

  • Photograph: Courtesy of Tishman Speyer/Photographer Bart Barlow

    Top of the Rock

  • Katz's Delicatessen

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Apple Bank flagship branch

  • Grand Central Terminal

Pat Kiernan

For the past 14 years, newsman Pat Kiernan has been a constant presence in New Yorkers' morning routines. The unflappable NY1 anchor hits the airwaves at 5am most days, delivering the latest news as well as reporting on the most interesting stories on the newsstands during "In the Papers." (In 2009, he spun that feature into a website, PatsPapers.com.) In addition, Kiernan is a well-known trivia lover: In 2006 and 2007, he hosted VH1's World Series of Pop Culture, and in 2011, he partnered with quiz-crafting company TrivWorks (trivworks.com) as a special host for its live game shows. He'll emcee one such event on Wednesday 25, titled Why We Love NYC: A Pop Culture Trivia Night. "There's such a wealth of pop-culture trivia that has New York City as its focus," says Kiernan. Before he hits the stage, though, we asked him to name five places he loves in the Big Apple.

1 Top of the Rock
"I discovered this observation deck about a year after it reopened in 2005. It's a little more spacious than the visitor area at the Empire State Building. The fact that you're not competing with other visitors for every inch means it's easier to linger for a while and really take in the view." 30 Rockefeller Plaza between 49th and 50th Sts (212-698-2000, topoftherocknyc.com). Daily 8am--midnight; $16--$38.

2 The Garment District at midday
"The media coverage about the fashion industry is all about the designers and the business deals, so sometimes you forget how much actual clothing-production work is going on in the city. It's fun to watch the world go by in the Garment District on a weekday afternoon, when you'll see fabric and zippers going into a building and rolling racks of finished clothes coming out." For more info, visit the Fashion Center Information Kiosk (W 39th St at Seventh Ave, fashioncenter.com). Mon--Fri 10am--4pm.

3 Katz's Delicatessen
"Some of my favorite New York experiences are the ones that are seemingly frozen in time. Katz's knows what it's good at and has resisted any urge to modernize. I'd be sad if they ever replaced the handwritten ticket system with a computer. We [Kiernan, his wife and two children] usually order one corned beef ($15.25) and one pastrami ($15.75) with a big plate of fries ($4.75)." 205 E Houston St at Ludlow St (212-254-2246, katzdeli.com). Mon--Wed 8am--10:45pm, Thu 8am--2:45am, Fri 8am--Sun 10:45pm.

4 Apple Bank flagship branch
"The main banking hall in this landmark building is spectacular. I walked by it for years before I took the time to step inside and check it out." 2100 Broadway at 73rd St (applebank.com). Mon--Thu 8:30am--4pm, Fri 8:30am--6pm, Sat 10am--2pm.

5 Grand Central Terminal at 6pm
"If I actually had to commute through Grand Central every day, the charm would wear off. But since I'm only there occasionally, the rush of the afternoon commuters is more of an attraction than a deterrent. If you're not in a hurry, the people-watching is great, with so many stories unfolding on a hurried New York schedule." 42nd to 44th Sts between Vanderbilt and Lexington Aves (212-340-2583, grandcentralterminal.com)

HEY, SMARTY-PANTS! Why We Love NYC: A Pop Culture Trivia Night, The Bell House, 143 7th St between Second and Third Aves, Gowanus, Brooklyn (718-643-6510, thebellhouseny.com). Wed 25 at 7:30pm; $25.

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