If you could live in any building in Manhattan,

which one would it be? Why?

 

Living inside the Guggenheim would be crazy and living there during Summer/Fall of 2013 inside a Turrell would be insane.

Favorite bookstore?

 

Dumbo’s powerHouse Arena is pretty awesome.

In Manhattan, it would be a toss up between Idlewild Books

on 19th and Housing Works Cafe on Crosby.

What is your favorite secret place in Manhattan?

(I promise not to tell.)

 

The Little Red Lighthouse under the George Washington Bridge in the Heights.

Which park in Manhattan is your favorite?

 

Hudson River Park. Amazing sunsets and spans

so many activities across multiple neighborhoods.

What is your favorite public art piece in Manhattan?

 

Right now, either FAILE’s Les Ballets de Faile at Lincoln Center or the Midnight Moment program on monthly billboard rotations in Times Square.

Visiting which three places makes a perfect day in Manhattan? Why?

 

Start the weekend morning with Hell’s Kitchen Flea or Antiques Garage, then take in some views and fresh air starting at the North end of the High Line heading South, then end up at Chelsea Market for late lunch or early drinks at the Maritime or Standard.

Favorite sketching spot?

 

I always loved sketching the totems, dioramas and fossils

at the American Museum of Natural History.

Favorite example of interesting

outdoor typography  in Manhattan?

 

Greybar, 420 Lexington Ave.

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

 

Walter De Maria’s Earth Room on Wooster Street.

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

 

Usually while biking or running along Hudson River Park

along Westside highway.

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

 

I think they’re working on 125th up in Harlem so any more creative resources would be great.

Where in Manhattan do you go when you want to escape the city hustle and enjoy a more natural setting?

 

After a night of snowfall the Ramble in Central Park is the closest thing to a natural setting experience in Manhattan.

Where is your office located now?

 

My office with NYC & Company is across the street from the Late Show at Ed Sullivan Theater in Midtown.

Which block would you tell a friend visiting Manhattan for the first time not to miss? Why?

 

Times Square at 46th Street because it’s their first time and that’s what first time visitors do.

If you could display your best project anywhere in Manhattan, where would you choose to and why?

 

Madison Square Garden because I somehow imagine as part of the experience I would periodically drop thousands of balloons from the ceiling into the crowd. The contained space makes cleanup a lot easier.

What are your favorite free places to visit in Manhattan?

 

MoMA on Friday night, New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue, The Hole Gallery on Bowery, and the Elevated Acre in Lower Manhattan.

Where was your first job in Manhattan located?

 

I worked for JP Morgan in the Gordon Bunshaft designed Avon Building at 9 W 57th St., the one with the huge red 9 in front, designed by Ivan Chermayeff.

Favorite interior design of specific space?

 

The sleek renovated lobby of 444 Madison Avenue retained

an illuminated deco-style elevator display in that conjures an imaginary Gotham of another era.

Where in Manhattan do you go for creative inspiration?

 

Ace Hotel is a real hub for creativity, everything from

the lobby as gathering/workspace to Project No. 8 as travel-themed designer boutique to all the great events

in the basement.

Which Manhattan subway station is your favorite and why?

 

14th Street and 8th Ave because of the Tom Otterness sculptures.

What is your favorite place for design drooling? Why?

 

ABC Carpet & Home is incredible for design day dreaming. Even better if they took a floor for a bookstore!

What is your favorite gallery or museum?

 

Right now I dig P! space in the LES.

Where in Manhattan would you spend your last 10 dollars?

 

Chinatown, definitely. I can treat myself and a friend to multi-course lunch!

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

 

I think the New Museum is beautiful. I like boxes.

Share an obscure architectural treasure in Manhattan.

 

The Temple Court building at 5 Beekman Street has an incredible atrium, mostly abandoned for half a century but soon to be developed into a hotel property.