Today I’m back for another interview. Thanks, Tracy, for agreeing to do these Q & A sessions about your life in NYC. 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 Digby, Nova Scotia. You, in your apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Steph: How do you manage to keep your feet warm in the cold weather with all the walking you do? What type of boots do you wear?
Tracy: I own multiple pairs of La Canadienne boots, and I swear by them. They are high quality, warm, waterproof, excellent in the snow, and they last for years. I have two pairs that I bought for my first winter in New York and they still look like new. One is brown suede with a wedge, and the other pair is black leather with a low, chunky heel. I replaced the heels on that pair because I walked so many miles in them.
I have another pair that’s black patent, and another pair of black leather with a low wedge that I killed walking countless miles all over town. I need to throw them in the garbage, but I can’t part with them. Every year, I tell myself, I’m going to take these boots to the shoe repair! But then I don’t because they would probably cost more than $100 to fix. Let’s just say that I beat those boots to a pulp. I love La Canadienne. They are the best wardrobe investment I’ve made since moving to New York.
Steph: Can you recommend a new Broadway show (non-musical), that is playing this winter?
Tracy: I am dying to see The Humans. Written by Stephen Karam and directed by Joe Mantello, the show won four Tonys including Best Play and has garnered rave reviews and a slew of other awards. It’s supposed to funny, scary, and sad, and it’s set in New York. The Humans is playing through January 23 only, so we only have another six weeks to see it!
Also, I can’t say enough about Oh, Hello. I saw this show a few weeks ago. It’s irreverent, but all in good fun, and so so hilarious. That play is running through January 22 only. (Read about that play and some other shows to see this season.)
Steph: Is the Winter Village in Bryant Park something that you go to every year, and have you been there yet this year?
Tracy: I like to go to the Bryant Park Winter Village every year. The park is one of my favorites in the city, and at the holidays, it feels extra magical. I have not been there yet this season, but I hope to get there before Christmas. My mom and I have gone together in the past, and then had dinner afterward, so because the location is central, the Winter Village can easily be tacked onto a night out, an afternoon of shopping, or seen before or after weekend brunch. Bonus: I love to watch people on the ice who have more grace than I could ever have. (I am pretty clumsy and wouldn’t attempt ice skating.)
While everyone loves the Rockefeller Center Tree, I admire the Bryant Park holiday tree, so that’s another reason the village is a must-see for me each year. (Also, I love the Bloomberg Tree at 58th and Third Avenue.)
Steph: Is it typical for you and Mike to always have plans on a Saturday night? Do you ever just stay in on the weekend?
Tracy: Yes, we stay in a lot! Usually, we go out on a Friday or a Saturday night, but rarely both. Often we go out Friday night and then go out to brunch on a Saturday. Sometimes we get a wild hair and decide to go out on a Wednesday or Thursday too. On Sundays, I usually cook a big breakfast and then a big dinner.
In wintertime, we stay in a lot more than summertime, and I think most New Yorkers do the same. I find staying in my apartment on a gorgeous night (or day) to be almost impossible. I want to get out and about and take in the good weather and my beautiful city, especially since I work from home. Many days I don’t leave the apartment except to walk Bogey or run a quick errand. Even in a small apartment, staying home can be therapeutic and fun at the same time, especially with all of the TV streaming options now available.
Steph: I know New Yorkers aren’t huge fans of Times Square. But when was the last time you actually sat down on the famous red steps?
Tracy: We are not huge fans of Times Square. Ask most New Yorkers, and they’ll say the same, “Times Square is too crowded.” And I’d have to agree. We avoid crowds as often as possible, and when we have to be around a lot of people, we try to mentally prepare ourselves (like we know it’s a given when riding the subway).
I go to Times Square when I have to meet someone, or when I attend a Broadway show. Then I don’t have much choice but to pass through it. Honestly, that area of town is torture around showtime, however, because thousands of people are trying to walk, but they’re barely moving. Sometimes, I’ll meander out of my way to avoid the stampede and take Eighth Avenue, but that gets pretty crowded too.
I have gone to TKTS for discount tickets, which is under the red steps, but I don’t do it often. I have yet to sit on the famous bleachers, though. And if I’m honest, I doubt I will. 😉
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!
Bryant Park skating photo by Billie Grace Ward via Flickr. Tahra boot via La Canadienne. Times Square bleacher photo by Hisland7.
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