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- •Vienna. I think this might have been in front of a palace.
- •Wicked lotto button. I entered this lotto so many times and never won and was convinced I would never see it. When I started working in Midtown I entered it on a whim one evening and won.
- •I love farmer's markets and heirloom tomatoes.
I fly lots of redeyes from Los Angeles to New York (so I don't have to waste a day of travel), then go to work that morning. Here are my tips for maximizing my sleep so I'm not a zombie.
- •Stay on East Coast time.Much easier to do if you're only going for the weekend. But the goal is to fall asleep as soon as you get on the plane. That way, when you land at 6 a.m. ET, it will feel early, but not middle of the night (3 a.m.) early.
- •Use the restroom before takeoff.This is part of minimizing the likelihood you'll wake up.
- •Fill your water bottle before takeoff.Bring an empty water bottle through security and fill it up at the water fountain. (Or buy one once you're through security.) If you wake up and are thirsty during the flight, you won't have to wait for a flight attendant to bring you a drink.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a fabulous show, hilarious yet deeply moving. It's meant to have an improvised feel, so the dialogue and staging differed quite a bit between the two. Neil Patrick Harris (@actuallyNPH) and Cameron Mitchell played the title role in the Broadway debut and were both jaw-droppingly great.
- •NPH is more physical than JCM.He's a bit younger too, to be fair. Here's an example of NPH performing Sugar Daddy at the Tony Awards in 2014: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uIaFn5lsLd8. JCM didn't, for example, walk in that squat position for quite as long as NPH, but he still did plenty, including a push up.
- •JCM spends more time interacting with the audience.In one show, JCM brought a guy onstage and stood right behind him. "Where are you?" Hedwig asked. "Heaven," he replied. That said, there's plenty of audience interaction in general. NPH licked the glasses of an audience member (a stunned Samuel L. Jackson at the Tony Awards).
- •NPH eats a cigarette.Of course, it's probably not a real cigarette, but he never spits it out.
My grandma recently turned 100 and is often mistaken for someone in her 80s. Her Okinawan genes may play a role, but these are the three tips she gives people when they ask her for her secret.
Zabar's is a purveyor of epicurean delights, especially smoked fish and other Jewish food at 80th and Broadway in NYC. I go almost every week. This is in order of encountering them assuming you start at the entrance and work your way north.
- •Olives and large beans from the olive bar by the entrance.
- •Fig spread above the olive bar.
- •Fresh OJ and grapefruit juice.
I'm on social media a lot, and I use it for a range of personal and professional. I used to run the Half the Sky Movement and A Path Appears social media, and now I work for Nick @kristof and Charles Blow at @nytimes.
- •Breaking news and live events. I found out about Bin Laden's death on Twitter when @brianstelter tweeted and added context to the chief of staff for former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's tweet that said: "So I'm told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn." Also, confirming when Facebook goes down.
- •Reconnecting with old friends. A gymnastics friend who lives in Germany and who I hadn't seen in a decade found me on Facebook, and I've gotten to see her in person a few times since then, including cheering for her boyfriend at the London Olympics as he won a bronze in fencing.
- •SnapchatSending funny videos and photos to friends and watching curated Stories. When a building exploded in the East Village, they had great crowd sourced original footage from the scene. I have also had fun taking over the @nytimes Snapchat account (thenytimes) to create Stories about the editorial department and a q&a with Charles Blow.