Hello Tracy! The interview last month was so much fun. Thanks for agreeing to do it again. As you know, I find New York to be fascinating, as well as the people living in it. So, let’s talk. Me, in my house in Nova Scotia. You, in your apartment on the Upper West Side.
You know how I love Central Park, though I have not seen all of it (yet). Do you have a favorite spot?
I really love the entire park, but my favorite spot is probably Bethesda Terrace and Fountain. I don’t get there that often, but Bogey and I took a jaunt through Central Park this past summer and we stopped to rest at Bethesda Fountain. It was a gorgeous day and although pretty crowded, I always find this part of the park open enough that I don’t feel overwhelmed by people. I plan to head back this winter when it snows.
I also adore the Mall, which is one of the most photographed areas, as well as the Conservatory Garden toward the north end in Spanish Harlem. I discovered it years ago by accident. If you haven’t been, trust me –– this stretch is truly a hidden gem.
It’s a formal garden and more manicured than most of the park, but I love how the entrance is unexpected. Walking north along Fifth Avenue, you stumble across the majestic wrought iron gates on the west side of the street, and upon entering, you feel like you’ve stepped into an English garden, yet you’re in the heart of Manhattan. Everyone should visit this section of Central Park.
|Bethesda Terrace is spacious enough so it doesn’t feel too crowded.|
|Tracy says everyone should make a trip to the Conservatory Garden in Central Park.|
Do you always use the same shampoo and conditioner, or do you like to change it up once in a while ?
I mix it up. Since I color my hair and have for years, I try to use color formulas most of the time. Right now I have Wella Brilliance shampoo and conditioner, Bumble & Bumble Straight shampoo, Rusk Deep Shine Color Repair conditioner, and L’Oreal Everstrong Reconstruct conditioner in my shower caddy. I also use Rusk Multi 12 in 1 Miracle Treatment on my freshly shampooed hair before I dry or style it. My hair tangles easily and gets pretty dry on the ends and I love this product which makes my hair more manageable and keeps it from drying out.
Where is your “Happy Place?”
I can be walking alone in the city wearing headphones and be happy just about anywhere (except on a packed subway train). Just meandering through the Manhattan on a temperate day (probably not in January or February), and zoning out feels awesome. I don’t get to do that enough anymore. Life is just so busy, but roaming through the city makes me really happy and relaxed.
I also love being at home with my husband and eating dinner, watching a movie with Mimi next to me (or on my lap) and Bogey at my feet. All of us together makes me incredibly relaxed, and our apartment is super cozy.
|Walking through Manhattan in good weather is a happy place for Tracy.|
Does Bogey eat strictly dog food, or does he get human food at times?
Bogey’s a Lab with a sensitive tummy, so it honestly took us about two or three years after we rescued him to get his diet squared away. He gets a combination of food, but always the same thing because we know it works. He eats Wellness Simple Diets Salmon and Potato dry food. I believe it’s the fish oil that keeps his coat shiny and beautiful. We get comments all the time. Then he gets a small scoop of cooked ground turkey and a scoop of raw vegetables –– usually carrots and sometimes squash.
For snacks, he does get dog treats, but I like to give him cheese sometimes… but only a small amount. He really likes cheese too. Plus, he nibbles on organic popcorn with me. 🙂
|Bogey eats dog food but gets treats like cheese and popcorn on occasion.|
What is your favorite movie that takes place in New York City?
This is a tough question because I am a sucker for most any rom-com filmed in New York. A few of my favorites include Something Borrowed, No Reservations, and Julie and Julia.
I also really love the Julie Delpy film (co-starring Chris Rock) 2 Days in New York. We’ve seen it twice (once at TriBeCa Film Festival and once On Demand), and I’d watch again.
But my all-time favorite first place winner is a tie between The Devil Wears Prada and Manhattan (very different, I know). I love the fashion (thank you, Patricia Field!) and the street scenes in TDWP, and well, Manhattan is quintessentially old New York. The opening scene, set to Rhapsody in Blue, gives me goosebumps every time. No one does NYC on film like Woody Allen. On top of all this, I came to New York the first time in 1979 when Manhattan was released, so I’m a bit nostalgic for that reason.
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!