Inside the Actors Studio: 10-questions

If I were on “Inside the Actors Studio” these would be my responses to James Lipton’s 10-questions:

1. What is your favorite word?
Right now, ubiquitous. I don’t use it often but it’s such a fun word.

2. What is your least favorite word?

3. What turns you on?
A man that smells good

4. What turns you off?
All kinds of stink

5. What sound do you love?
Silence. the peaceful kind. not the eerie, ominous kind akin to what precedes the scary scene of a horror flick.

6. What sound do you hate?
screeching nails on a chalkboard, or anything similar. Ew!

7. What is your favorite curse word?
“Sh*t.” I don’t know if it’s a “favorite” but sadly I do say it often, although I wish I didn’t.

8. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Acting. Or professional ballroom dancing.


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Lincoln’s statue gets little love in Union Square

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Ephemeral New York

Lincolnstatue1917mcnyAfter his death, president Lincoln was embraced by the public. But his image in bronze wasn’t beloved by critics.

Shortly after Henry Kirke Brown’s bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln was unveiled at the southwest end of Union Square in 1870, one critic loathed it.

“A frightful object has been placed in Union Square,” stated The New York Times in September.

“It is said to be a statue of a man who deserves to be held in lasting remembrance as a true patriot, a sincere, unselfish, noble-hearted chief in times of great trouble and perplexity—Abraham Lincoln. But it does not resemble Mr. Lincoln. The lines which give the face character are not there. . . . “


“The sculptor has tried to atone for this defect by putting plenty of hard lines in the clothes, which are enough to distract anybody who thinks that dress need not of necessity increase the…

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Gorgeous neon signs illuminating the city

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Ephemeral New York

What’s more beautiful than block after block of glowing reds and blues and pinks and yellows, emanating light and heat?


These food-oriented neon signs also make you hungry. The Old Homestead sign looks pretty old, though not as old as this steak house (two words!) itself, from 1868.


The Donut Pub on 14th Street, a 50-year-old remnant of New York before cronuts and Starbucks, recently survived a competitive attack by an upstart Dunkin’ Donuts down the block, which quietly closed shop a few years ago.


DeRobertis Caffe and Pasticceria has been baking sweets for 110 years on First Avenue near 14th Street, when this was an Sicilian immigrant micro-neighborhood featuring Russo Brothers, Veniero, and probably hundreds of small shops lost to history.


Queen is an oddly named Italian restaurant (since 1958!) on Court Street in Brooklyn. You have to dig that crown.


And of course, Katz’s Deli, a…

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