What do you consider the most beautiful building in Manhattan? Why?

 

Grand Central Terminal, it lives up to its name.

Where in Manhattan would you spend your last 10 dollars?

 

Chinatown — 10 dollars won't do much for you in Manhattan.

Favorite bookstore?

 

Van Alen Books. Great selection and programs,

and I designed the identity!

Where do you find the most iconic graphic design in Manhattan?

 

The MTA Subway System.

What is your favorite gallery or museum?

 

The Met.

Share an obscure architectural treasure in Manhattan.

 

1 Wall Street, though that isn't so obscure.

Which street in Manhattan is in most need of a makeover?

 

Houston, terrible for bikes.

Where in Manhattan do you go when you want to

escape the city hustle and enjoy a more natural setting?

 

Lower Manhattan along the river.

If you could display your best project anywhere in Manhattan,

where would you choose to and why?

 

The subway—everyone will see it!

Where in Manhattan have you had a great 'Eureka' moment?

Can you explain?

 

On the Q-Train over the Manhattan bridge. Something about getting out of the subway tunnel and being suspended over water gives a temporary feeling of escape which in turn frees up the brain from normal everyday stresses.

Where was your first job in Manhattan located?

 

2x4, 135 Varick Street.

If you could live in any building in Manhattan,

which one would it be? Why?

 

Carnegie Hall so I could be neighbors

with Bill Cunningham.

Favorite interior design of specific shop/building/house, etc.?

 

I like the bar Weather Up in TriBeCa — elegant and not too hipster-y, and great drinks.

Which park in Manhattan

is your favorite?

 

Central Park.

What is your favorite work of art in a Manhattan museum or gallery?

 

Apocalypse Now (1988) by Christopher Wool at MoMA.

Your favorite Manhattan location featured in a film or TV show?

 

SoHo in Woody Allen's 1986 'Hannah and Her Sisters'.

What is your favorite place for design drooling? Why?

 

The Internet, because I can drool in private.

Where is your office located now?

 

154 Grand Street.

Which Manhattan subway station is your favorite and why?

 

Chambers stop on the J/Z, the quantity of tiled columns

give off a Cordoba-esque feel.