You’ll Never Guess Donald Trump Jr.’s Favorite New Yorker

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Photo: Patrick McMullen

Name: Donald John Trump Jr.
Age: 32
Neighborhood: Upper East Side
Occupation: Real-estate development. His show The Apprentice (which he hosts alongside his father, Donald Sr., and sister, Ivanka), premieres tomorrow at 9 p.m. on NBC.

Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional?
Seriously? Is there an answer other than Donald Trump? However, if I eliminate any genetic bias it would likely be George Steinbrenner or Robert Moses.

What's the best meal you've eaten in New York?
Summer picnics in Sheep Meadow with my kids.

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
I do anything and everything that entails real estate.

What was your first job in New York?
Working in landscaping in my teens in Westchester.

What's the last thing you saw on Broadway?
Mamma Mia.

Do you give money to panhandlers?
I give to panhandlers on occasion, especially around the holidays, but have always been involved with charity, which was an important part of the way I was brought up. My siblings and I knew early on in life that we were incredibly fortunate and have never taken that for granted, so we recognize the importance of giving back. I sit on the board of Operation Smile and am involved with my brother's foundation (the Eric Trump Foundation) that has raised money for St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

What's your drink?
Sugar Free Red Bull.

How often do you prepare your own meals?
Quite often. My wife and I like to cook, so we actually prepare our own meals often, and can hold our own in the kitchen.

What's your favorite medication?
As a person who spends a lot of time traveling and in different time zones, Ambien is a lifesaver.

What's hanging above your sofa?
Bare Sheetrock because I am in the process of building out a new apartment.

How much is too much to spend on a haircut?
$200.

When's bedtime?
Embarrassingly early.

Which do you prefer, the old Times Square or the new Times Square?
As much as any real New Yorker loved running the gauntlet of thieves and pillagers in old Times Square, I'll probably take the Disneyland version of today.

What do you think of Donald Trump?
See question one, he is the best father, friend, and mentor a son could have!

What do you hate most about living in New York?
As cliché as it sounds, finding a cab during rush hour, especially in the rain.

Who is your mortal enemy?
Time.

When's the last time you drove a car?
Twenty minutes ago. I may be one of the last New Yorkers who actually drives in the city daily.

How has the Wall Street crash affected you?
Other than the financial ramifications to my balance sheet, I think the downturn has been a valuable lesson and an important thing to have experienced as a businessperson.

Times , Post, or Daily News?
Post.

Where do you go to be alone?
My cabin in the Catskills.

What makes someone a New Yorker?
To me what defines a New Yorker is the edge that one develops from having actually lived here. Once you have it, it doesn't go away and everywhere else in the world feels like it is in slow motion.