Name: Pharrell Williams
Occupation: Musician; Tonight he’s co-chairing “New Orleans in the Hamptons,” the fundraising launch of the Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond Foundation, which helps young women fund their education. They have been mentoring and helping young women who need resources to go to school for years by themselves, and now they are reaching out to their friends for help.
Who’s your favorite New Yorker — living or dead, real or fictional?
What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in New York?
Cafe Habana in Soho.
In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
I imagine it and put it down.
What’s the last thing you saw on Broadway?
A taxi cab. Just joking. American Idiot.
What was your first job in New York?
I recorded in various studios in N.Y. when I was getting started, and some were pretty funky, but my first real business in N.Y. was my Billionaire Boys Club store.
Do you give money to panhandlers?
Yes. In fact this weekend I am co-chairing (along with Dick Parsons and Cicely Tyson) an event to launch the Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond Foundation.
What’s your drink?
Qream, have you heard about it?
How often do you prepare your own meals?
I am awesome at a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
What’s your favorite medication?
What’s hanging above your sofa?
Kaws x Family Guy Series.
How much is too much to spend on a haircut?
I don’t know. To each his own.
2:30 a.m. after watching the Boomerang channel.
Which do you prefer, the old Times Square or the new Times Square?
I’m not there enough to pick one.
What do you think of Donald Trump?
He’s entertaining to watch.
What do you hate most about living in New York?
Knowing that I don’t live here all of the time.
Who is your mortal enemy?
When’s the last time you drove a car?
A couple minutes ago.
Times, Post, or Daily News?
Where do you go to be alone?
In my head.
How has the Wall Street crash affected you?
It affected everyone.
What makes someone a New Yorker?
The will to make it.