Hotelier Sean MacPherson Cuts His Own Hair

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Name: Sean MacPherson
Age: 44
Neighborhood: Downtown
Occupation: Owner along with Eric Goode of the new Jane hotel, the Bowery Hotel, the Park Restaurant, the Maritime Hotel, the Waverly Inn, and the Lafayette House.

Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional?
Woody Allen.

What's the best meal you've eaten in New York?
Six olives in the bottom of two martinis at the Bowery Hotel lobby.

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
I try to break even plus 10 percent.

Would you still live here on a $35,000 salary?
Absolutely, provided I had a pocket full of credit cards.

What's the last thing you saw on Broadway?
Blithe Spirits.

Do you give money to panhandlers?
Often.

What's your drink?
Martini, extra dry with olives.

How often do you prepare your own meals?
Only when I cook for friends.

What's your favorite medication?
Turning off my cell phone and e-mail.

What's hanging above your sofa?
A vintage mirror ball.

How much is too much to spend on a haircut?
I have no idea; I cut my own hair.

When's bedtime?
The crack of midnight.

Which do you prefer, the old Times Square or the new Times Square?
Does anyone prefer the new Times Square?

What do you think of Donald Trump?
I never think of him.

What do you hate most about living in New York?
The relentless cacophony of jackhammers, sirens, horns, etc. Besides that, it's really quite nice.

Who is your mortal enemy?
Boring people.

When's the last time you drove a car?
I drive every day; I'm from L.A.

How has the Wall Street crash affected you?
At restaurants lately there seem to be fewer loud guys in pleated slacks on BlackBerrys, an extremely welcome phenomenon.

Times, Post, or Daily News?
All of the above plus the Observer. More is more.

Where do you go to be alone?
Surfing anywhere in the world.

What makes someone a New Yorker?
Anyone who believes the reasons to live in New York outweigh the reasons not to live in New York, to me, is a New Yorker.