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What Curtis Sliwa Can’t Live Without

Photo: courtesy Curtis Sliwa

If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what famous people add to their carts. Not the JAR brooch and Louis XV chair but the hair spray and the electric toothbrush. We asked Curtis Sliwa — a Republican candidate running to be New York City’s next mayor — about the black T-shirtsbar soap, and cat treats he can’t live without.

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The only pens I write with. I usually have four in my pocket at any given time. I hate having to ask people for a writing utensil — half the time they don’t work, the other half they cut through whatever you’re signing. People have asked me to sign pieces of cardboard or dollar bills and these are great for signing most anything. They have a marker tip, but they don’t bleed like Sharpies, and the ink stands out and dries fast. It does not smear, which is very important. The ink is also not impossible to get out. If you accidentally write on yourself, it’s easy to get the mark off.

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They’re like a white tube sock, except black. I wear these with everything. I like the feel of an athletic sock, but you can’t wear white ones everywhere. Some guys will wear white athletic socks to weddings and they look like real gavones. That’s why I get them in black. I’ve worn them with a suit to weddings. Nobody ever notices. I buy them by the dozen. You know when it’s time to replace a pair if they’re curling up near the toes.

$5 for 8
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Many of the soaps I’ve used over the years are too fragrant. Irish Spring, for example: I can smell it all day after I use it and it curls the hair in my nostrils. I started using this soap when I moved in with my wife Nancy. It doesn’t have an overpowering, perfumey smell and leaves me feeling clean. It lathers incredibly well. A lot of soaps you have to really rub in to get them to lather, to the point that you’re irritating the skin. Not this. It’s also cheap — and plentiful. Even during the pandemic, when lots of other soaps were sold out, I could always find Dial Gold.