68.I would be in terrible straights if the taco truck on 96th Street ever went away. I think more things should be available for purchase directly from trucks. There’s a knife-sharpening truck that comes by on Saturdays. He rings his bell to let you know he’s idling on the corner. It’s very old-timey and convenient. It makes me wish milk and ice still got delivered by truck to your house. I love mobile commerce.
69. I love the Public Theater. The only place I wanted to work when I got out of college was the Public. Just the institution that it is, the Joe Papp flame that is still burning. I just love it. They throw good parties with lots of beer, and the physical building is fantastic. The Anspacher Theater is where we did King Lear last year, and it’s three-quarter round and it’s got this great high, vaulted ceiling. It’s only 250 seats, if that. So it’s so intimate, but you can get real scale. It is a terrible theater to sit in if you have bad knees, especially towards the back. And the subway runs under it, which at first you think is a sound cue. But that’s really New York.
70. I love Central Park. I love the Promenade. It is just so expansive. It’s like being in a painting. And the life is so rich. You can watch people sitting on benches or children running or playing or being pushed in carriages. It’s just so human. I love it.
71. The idea of this city in the winter. I grew up in Florida, but it feels like Christmas here. It feels like a real holiday here. It feels like magic here.
72. I like the fact that it keeps on reinventing itself.
73. I would say the croissants at Tartine. They’re the best in town. Even French people are like in shock when they have them.
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74. I love those honey-roasted nuts they sell on the street. I bought some today. I definitely feel unchaperoned when I buy those nuts. No adult or any figure of guidance would let you buy them. But if I’m by myself and I realize there’s no one there to stop me, I give in.
75. The view from my window. For a woman who’s a widow and pretty much a loner, I can walk out and I’m surrounded by NYU kids. The energy jumps off the sidewalks, and I never feel sad or bored.
76. Angus McIndoe’s, in the theater district. Angus himself is a lovely man, and I think that’s why people want to go there. They want to have a drink and see theater people and eat their meat.
77. When I first came to NYC in 1966 to publicize Georgy Girl,’ I rode on the carousel in Central Park. I sometimes take my grandchildren there, but I sometimes ride it by myself. I once saw Sigourney Weaver on the opposite horse. And I like doing it in the winter on a cold day.
78. For me, it’s Gene’s Coffee Shop on 60th between Madison and Park. I go in there every morning. I don’t even speak to them. They cook my eggs exactly the way I want them. It gets to the point in New York where people understand each other. Where there’s not even a word said, and the food is exchanged, looks are given. It’s one of those little things that makes New York manageable. It’s an overwhelming place, and when you find these little nuggets of people and places that help you get through your day, that’s what it’s all about.
79. I was born here, it’s all I know, and everyone I love is here.