5 Questions for Tracy
by Stephanie Crocker
|Stephanie Crocker Tracy Kaler|
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.
New Yorkers walk a lot! How many miles would you say you walk in a week?
We do walk everywhere! But during the wintertime, I can’t speak for other New Yorkers, but I’m not as mobile in the cold weather, so I definitely walk less than I do in the summertime. I walk Bogey every day for 30 minutes or more year round, which usually ends up being about 25 blocks minimum. Unless we’re in the middle of a polar vortex, then we stay out for 15-20 minutes at a time.
General walking like running errands goes on top of Bogey’s walks –– running to Zabar’s, Duane Reade, Gotham Wine, or even getting to the subway station. Then there are the stairs to the train, and certain trains have a few flights of stairs. And, of course, I can’t forget those times when I just feel like walking everywhere because it’s a gorgeous New York day.
When I’m in my neighborhood, I prefer to walk as much as possible. Not only does it save money on transportation, but since I tend to power walk most of the time, it’s how I get my exercise. In the cold months, I probably walk, conservatively, 6-8 miles per week. During the other seasons, probably more like 10-12 miles per week, possibly more. I know some New Yorkers who travel on foot to work, so they probably walk over 20 miles per week.
|Tracy takes Bogey on daily walks.|
Do you stay away from certain foods, like dairy or wheat?
I do not stay away from anything, but I watch carbs, and I do my best to resist desserts. I find that I look and feel better when I don’t overindulge in processed carbohydrates. A little here and there is fine, but I have curtailed my bagel, bread, and pizza habit over the past few months, as challenging as that may be living in a city where pizza and bagels are available on every other block. These pizza and bagels also happen to be some of the best in the world, and so resisting can be especially difficult! My will power comes in handy here.
I can’t give up cheese because I love it, and I eat Greek yogurt almost every day. I can’t give up alcohol since I live for red wine. And chocolate is a gift. So, there you go. Bread it is!
|Who can say no to these doughy delights?!|
How does your laundry get done? Do you really have someone come pick it up?
We are fortunate to have a washer/dryer in our apartment (one of the reasons we bought it), which is the ultimate luxury when living in New York City. Many New Yorkers either send their laundry out or do it in the basement. Some buildings have shared laundry on each floor, which is a huge help because you don’t have to go up and down the stairs or in the elevator.
When we rented, we’d drop our laundry off at the wash-and-fold, and then they would deliver it when finished. Some of the time we did it ourselves too. If you’ve heard that someone comes to pick it up, it’s true. In New York City, most anything can get picked up and delivered.
I know you have a love for shoes. Can you name something else that you absolutely love to shop for?
Hats! I adore hats of all kinds. I think they are the forgotten accessory and not worn enough these days.
I enjoy shopping for all types of clothing and accessories since I adore style, but hats in particular are fun. Last year I wrote an article on hats for Derby Day and I tried on several exquisite creations while researching. I couldn’t decide which one I loved most. A woman can never have too many hats. Therefore, she should never have to decide.
|So many hats, so little time.|
Do you have a favorite dive bar?
Oh, I do love a good dive bar. Always have. I have several spots I like, so I can’t decide. Reif’s Tavern on East 92nd in Yorkville is a great spot. Ray is one of the coolest bartenders in town. You can read about that experience here.
And in the Theatre District, I’ve written this bar up before, there’s Jimmy’s Corner. I think you’ve been there, right? Jimmy sits at the end of the bar and chills, and the memorabilia is epic. So many good stories come from this place.
Johnny’s in the West Village is super fun. I’ve gone into that bar in broad daylight for a cocktail, and I’ve hung out there late at night. It’s dark and narrow, and never boring. Always an interesting crowd carousing at this spot on Greenwich, which might be the quintessential Manhattan dive bar.
Bars like these are a crucial part of New York’s history, and the city wouldn’t be the same without them.
|Johnny’s might be the quintessential dive bar, according to Tracy.|
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!
Stephanie Crocker lives in Nova Scotia but is a New Yorker at heart. You can read her blog A Good Life at stephaniecrocker.com.