1) What is your most memorable NYC moment?
It was my first time in NYC back in 1992. I was 21 and in the big city, catching a cab from Time Square down to Battery Park to see the Statue of Liberty. The driver made an obvious error, even to me, by moving into the turning lane behind a parked car. We got boxed in by traffic, and rather than wait for a gap he turned the wheel, hit the gas and mounted the pavement. Highly amusing and frightening at the same time!
2) What is your favorite Manhattan neighborhood? Why?
Cobble Hill. It feels like the village without all the tourists. Great restaurants everywhere, fantastic boutiques, especially now that Barney’s has arrived, and great architecture. I like my Brownstone neighborhoods!
3) Why did you choose to pursue a career as a New York real estate professional? What is your favorite part of the job?
I have a short attention span, so it’s a necessity that the environment be constantly changing in some way. I love and believe in real estate, and am a home owner in Brooklyn. I love chasing a deal, but more importantly, I really enjoy when you find the right home for that person with whom you feel like you’ve been looking forever – even if it’s just a week!
4) What is your greatest motivator?
I like to surround myself with happy, satisfied people, whether they’re my clients, managers, friends or, yes, my wife! It’s great to be able to help people achieve part of their dream – to really live in New York.
5) What are your greatest passions?
Cooking, skiing, snowboarding, paddle boarding, surfing and motorcycle riding.
6) If you could invite anyone to a dinner party, whom would you invite?
Barry Sheene, the dearly departed motorcycling legend. I’d just love to hear the stories of speed.
7) If you had only one day left in NYC, how would you spend it?
Get up and take the dog, Chip, to Prospect Park for an early, off the lead walk with all the other dogs. Egg in Williamsburg for their breakfast, followed by a smoked meat sandwich from Mile End in Brooklyn. I’d probably have to hit Fatty ‘Cue or Fatty Crab in the West Village at some point before making my way to Le Bernardin for dinner. A view from Top of the Rock would be nice, as would be a bike ride down the Hudson River parkway.
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