Celebrity Summer Guide


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All interviews by Angela Barbuti


Dylan Lauren, owner of Dylan's Candy Store
What's your favorite thing about New York in the summer? The colorful flowers along Park Avenue and in Central Park and the happy vibe when seeing New Yorkers in bright candy colors on the street. What's your favorite summertime activity? Going to the Hamptons and biking there. Or having a picnic outdoors in Central Park. Your best and worst summer memory? Attending concerts on the Great Lawn or jogging around the Great Lawn as late as 8:45 p.m., as the sun is still out and the park is safe and packed! The worst is walking to work or taking a subway on 100-degree days and knowing I'm going to have to take two showers to get the sweat off, then going into an air-conditioned room. Are you a mountains or beach person? Both. I love to hike and go to Colorado. But more often, like every weekend, I run along a vast ocean on a long beach like Montauk?my fave. Favorite summertime restaurant? Barronda downtown on West Broadway between Broome and Spring because of its beautiful outdoor garden. Also, Cipriani downtown, on the same block.
Whoopi Goldberg, co-host of 'The View,' Oscar winner, comedian
What's your favorite thing about New York in the summer? New York is like a party?all kinds of music everywhere, the smells of street fairs and carnival food wafting through the city, open hydrants offering a way to cool off. What's your favorite summertime activity? Coney Island, Atlantic City, Central Park, Bryant Park Are you a mountain or a beach person? I'm both. Favorite summertime restaurant? Anywhere there is a street fair with Italian sausage and cotton candy!
Michael Ian Black, comedian, actor,(http://nypress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Michael-Ian-Black.jpg)

author, gadfly, man about town
What's your favorite thing about New York in the summer? I love how many New Yorkers leave. They disappear for beaches, where they will sunburn surrounded by their friends and grouse about how much they hate the beach. What's your favorite summertime activity? Hammocking, my made-up verb for falling asleep in a hammock with a book splayed on my chest. Your best and worst summer memory? Best New York summer memory: getting dropped off at NYU my first day of college in August, 1988. It seemed to me like my life was beginning on that day. Worst New York summer memory: Getting caught shoplifting at Tower Records the summer after my sophomore year. People like me are the reason Tower went out of business (back then it was shoplifting?now it's called pirating). Are you a mountain or a beach person? Definitely mountains, minus the poison ivy and the bears. Actually, I like bears. So just minus the poison ivy. Favorite summertime restaurant? In New York, I will always have a soft spot for eating outside at Maryann's on 16th Street and Eighth Avenue. It's heavy Mexican food, not at all good for summer eating, but I have so many fond memories of stuffing myself with cheap tacos and enchiladas that, no matter the season, it will always hold a warm spot in my heart.

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