5 Questions For Tracy
by Stephanie Crocker
Thanks so much for agreeing to do this interview with me. Me, in my house in small town Nova Scotia. You in your apartment in Manhattan.
I imagine your life in New York City to be very exciting. It seems like there is never a dull moment with you –– whether it’s a big party or event you are attending or some other adventure you are off to.
Sometimes I find myself wondering about your day-to-day life. So I’ve chosen a few random questions for you.
What is a typical Saturday like?
Every Saturday can be different. In NYC, at least for me, plans are often influenced by the weather. Usually, I check the forecast a few days before, the day before, and again on the morning of. If it’s a cold or rainy day, I often stay in and work on the blog. I get posts ready for the upcoming week, or catch up on some writing.
Sometimes I make breakfast, and sometimes we order two breakfast specials from our nearby Hot n’ Crusty just a couple blocks away. We get it delivered because we’re lazy New Yorkers. On stay-inside days, we do unexciting everyday chores like cleaning the apartment or laundry.
Sometimes we’ll go out to eat, or on occasion, go to a movie or run errands. If it’s a gorgeous day, we’ll walk through Central Park with Bogey and go to a restaurant on the east side that we love for brunch –– it’s called Barking Dog Luncheonette. They have sidewalk seating, and Bogey likes going too. They are very dog-friendly, and the owner knows us. We’ve been going there for years.
|Bubbles and Brunch at dog-friendly Barking Dog Luncheonette.|
Saturday nights, believe it or not, we often stay in and cook, or order delivery and watch a movie. If we don’t go out Friday night (that’s kind of our date night) Mike and I will go out to dinner, usually downtown somewhere like Cornelia Street Cafe or Le Zie Trattoria.
What are two items in your wardrobe that you cannot go without?
Black leggings for sure, and probably tanks or tees. I wear both all year long. In the summer, I wear leggings with sandals and in the winter with boots. I wear tanks in the summer for obvious reasons, but I wear them in winter with a cardigan. I like tanks or tees because the heat blasts inside our apartment and many NYC buildings. So as cold as it can be outside, it gets toasty inside. I can always peel off a layer and not feel hot.
|Tracy can’t live without leggings.|
Do you go grocery shopping? Or do you pick up items that you need daily?
It varies. I don’t usually buy a lot at one time, with the exception of staples such as yogurt, protein or granola bars, bananas, snacks like this organic popcorn at Gary Null’s, nuts, mixed greens, and maybe some whole grain crackers. Sometimes I’ll buy meat and fish for a few days, but usually not much more than that. We have several grocery stores/markets within walking distance (including one that’s open 24 hours), so I can always run out or send Mike out to grab something we need. That’s part of the convenience of living in NYC.
In winter, however, I’ll order from Fresh Direct. The food is fresher than any grocery stores, and I don’t have to carry it through the cold and snow or leave the apartment to get it. As New Yorkers, we’re spoiled that way. But usually, I have to plan a head. Fresh Direct gets busy and I might need to order 48 hours before I need the food. That can take some planning.
If for some reason you and Mike had to move from your Upper West Side apartment to another area, where would you choose to live? Or would you pick a different borough? If so, which one? And why?
We tried to live in Chelsea years ago, but we couldn’t wrap our heads around the prices for the amount of space. I think we’d both like to live downtown, either in Chelsea/Flatiron or the East or West Village. We love the restaurants and shopping, and the neighborhood feel in these areas. Public transit is plentiful if you’re not too far east or west –– making it easy to get anywhere in town. We would probably stay in Manhattan, but if not, Brooklyn Heights would be our next choice. It’s a beautiful neighborhood, and Brooklyn is booming. A friend of ours just moved there and loves it.
|The West Village would be a lovely place to live.|
Can you give me an example of something you might skimp on, in order to splurge on something else?
I don’t take many taxis, so those are definitely a splurge for me. I remember the days of taking a cab pretty far for $5. Those days are gone. I ride the subway EVERYWHERE. Mike uses CitiBike, the trains, buses, etc. Taxis are reserved for super late nights, when I’m sick, carrying lots of stuff, or exhausted. Otherwise, you can count on me to be a straphanger.
Some New Yorkers spend hundreds of dollars each month on cabs. I’d rather save that money to go to a Broadway show or have a night out at a great restaurant. That’s just me.
|If the subway and a taxi are side by side, Tracy chooses the subway.|
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.