Today I’m back for another interview. Thanks, Tracy, for agreeing to do these Q & A sessions. As you know, I find New York to be fascinating, as well as the people living in it. So, let’s chat again. Me, in my house in Nova Scotia. You, in your apartment on the Upper West Side.
As a writer, you spend a lot of your time at home working. Do you like it quiet, or with some background noise, such as the TV or music ?
I like my apartment to be super quiet when I’m working. I don’t turn the television or music on during the day at all. I find noise pretty distracting when I’m trying to be productive. I do still have some city noise, especially when I open my windows.
Sometimes, I work late at night with the TV on in the background, but then the work day is over, so I’m more relaxed about it. If I have a deadline and I need to complete an article before bed, I always turn the TV off so I can concentrate and crank out what I need to.
What do you look forward to most when spring finally hits, when the snow is gone?
I look forward to New York in bloom! When the trees and flowers come alive, springtime in New York is the prettiest place in the world to me. After looking at bare gardens and snow-covered parks for four months, I live for April.
|I live for April!|
I also look forward to walking in the city, which is what I miss most during winter months. I was just talking about this the other day with a friend who lives in Chicago, where it gets even colder than it does in NYC. After spending so much time indoors since January, I avoid taking the subway and walk whenever and wherever I can. This past weekend was by no means warm –– although 40 degrees feels spring-like after our winter –– but I walked to the Theater District and back because the sun was shining and it was a gorgeous day.
I think taking in the sights and sounds of the city and people is one of the greatest aspects of living in NYC. I love going to Washington Square Park in the Village to people watch. There’s always live music too. I could hang out there all afternoon.
How many pairs of sunglasses do you own?
I have five pairs of sunglasses. I have two inexpensive, basic pairs from Uniqlo, and even though these are a bargain, they provide UV protection. I also own a pair of super cheap aviators (I like these for cloudy days), a pair of better aviators, and a pair of vintage glasses (probably 1970s) that I wear for fun sometimes.
And lastly, I have a pair of Ralph Lauren tortoise sunnies with Xperio polarized lenses. These are amazing glasses that fit so perfectly and feel so nice. I could wear them for days. And I especially like the Xperio lenses because I can see everything in the city so clearly. I don’t have to take them off if I’m out and about taking pictures. It took me a little while to adjust to these polarized lenses because they’re not as dark as some other glasses I’ve worn, but now I love them. The folks at Xperio were kind enough to let me select a pair of frames and then they replaced the lenses and sent them to me. These glasses are chic and practical at the same time.
|Xperio polarized lenses provide protection and look awesome in my Ralph Lauren frames.|
I know you love shoes. What type of shoe do you recommend for someone who is coming to NYC for vacation? (I bring comfy sandals!)
Well honestly, I might be the worst person to ask when it comes to packing shoes! I have been known to fill my suitcase halfway or more with footwear. I usually don’t travel with less than five pairs because I am a shoe fanatic and I try to have shoes for every outfit. Not practical, but shoes are one of my guilty pleasures.
All this being said, comfort is key when you’re walking in New York City. So as much as you might have a desire to appear stylish, you won’t care one bit about style if you’re suffering with blisters because you don’t have the right shoes. And you can find stylish shoes that will also be comfortable. (Needless to say, you won’t find these in the stiletto section of the shoe department.)
|High heels are probably not the best choice for sightseeing. Go for comfort.|
I recommend bringing one or two pairs of walking shoes. If you can’t walk 30 minutes without pain, don’t bring them. Flat sandals are good, but you need support if you’re going to walk miles. Just keep that in mind. Sometimes, a small wedge can give you more comfort than a complete flat. Although, Tieks are great for walking. If you’re unsure of which shoes will still feel good after walking for an hour or two (you will walk that much in NYC), wear one pair and keep an extra pair in your city bag.
Winter will call for comfortable, waterproof boots that you can cover miles in, if needed. And while flip flops are ideal for summer, most brands won’t offer you much support, unless you go with a brand like FitFlop, which can look super cute and offer both comfort and support.
And no matter what, ladies, bring one pair of stylish heels for that night out on the town, and just plan to carry extra shoes, or otherwise, cab it.
|Sometimes a wedge will give you more comfort than a complete flat.|
You are out for a casual walk with Bogey, when suddenly you realize that a famous person is walking toward you. Someone that you are a true fan of. What do you do ?
Running into celebrities happens all the time here in New York. You get pretty used to it because it’s part of the lifestyle, but for me, the thrill never dies. In the case you mention, more than likely, I’d keep walking. I might smile or say hello.
I’ve run into Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick while walking Bogey, and they are dog lovers, so they stopped and petted him. They’re both super cool. We exchanged a few words before the traffic light changed, and then they kept walking. They had to know that I knew who they were, but I didn’t say anything. They’ve lived in my neighborhood for years, so I do my best to treat them like anyone else who stops and pets Bogey.
In another case, Bogey and I walked past Kelli O’Hara (Broadway star) sitting on a bench outside Riverside Park. I had just seen her performance in The Bridges of Madison County, and I loved it so much that I turned around, walked back to the bench, introduced myself and told her how much I loved the show and her role in it. She was kind and gracious. And talking to her for a few minutes made my week! Oddly enough, Bogey didn’t react at all.
|Bogey is used to meeting celebrities. He doesn’t get starstruck.|
It’s always fun talking with you. I just wanted to say that Tracy’s New York Life is like an escape for me, seeing where I live in such a small town. I enjoy sitting at my computer with my coffee, reading and daydreaming of life in your amazing city. Thanks for sharing your stories!