Roberta Myers Does Not Always Shower Alone

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"Woo-hoo! They don't call me No-el for nothing." Photo: Patrick McMullan

Name : Robbie Myers
Age : 47
Neighborhood : Upper Upper West Side
Occupation : Editor-in-chief, Elle

Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional?
Truman Capote.

What's the best meal you've eaten in New York?
Le Bernardin, still.

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
Put out fires. But I get to talk to smart, creative people all day, so it's worth it.


Would you still live here on a $35,000 salary?
Yes. And I have! Interview paid me $18,000 a year.

What's the last thing you saw on Broadway?
Speed-the-Plow. Before Jeremy's mercury problem.

Do you give money to panhandlers?
Yes. Particularly women. If they have a kid with them, I give it to the kid. And then tell them to ask their mom to take them home.

What's your drink?
Vodka cranberry.

How often do you prepare your own meals?
Is cereal a meal?

What's your favorite medication?
Kissing.

What's hanging above your sofa?
A painting by Claire Hooton. Dark, moving.

How much is too much to spend on a haircut?
$300.

When's bedtime?
1 a.m.

Which do you prefer, the old Times Square or the new Times Square?
Old.

What do you think of Donald Trump?
We'll miss him when he's gone.

What do you hate most about living in New York?
The short summer; the long winter.

Who is your mortal enemy?
Time, eventually.

When's the last time you drove a car?
Last week.

How has the Wall Street crash affected you?
It's bad for all of us.

Times, Post, or Daily News?
Yes … and the Observer, HuffPo, Slate, Perez, nymag.com, portfolio.com ...

Where do you go to be alone?
The shower, and sometimes not even there.

What makes someone a New Yorker?
Desire.