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this hot single is always down for some highbrow fun. you can catch him at the art museum revisiting his favorite works, learning a new language by reading old literature, or walking around the city talking it all in. this culture connoisseur leads with curiosity, but he is a “regimented creature” who loves routine. could you become part of his?
stay hot 🥵
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what did you miss most during lockdown?
Museums, for their beauty, serenity and provocation, which surprised me, because I thought it'd be restaurants. But no food could compete with the Velazquez portrait of the uncompromising Juan de Pareja, which I find mesmerizing every time I visit it, or Morris Hirshfield's wide-eyed angora cat reposing on a green sofa at MoMA. Well, maybe Morgenstern’s ice cream.
what's your favorite place in brooklyn?
Greenwood Cemetery. It's peaceful, largely unpeopled (at least with living people), an arboretum and endlessly fascinating, from Boss Tweed's garish family plot to the graves of beloved pets and headstones that suggest a life story for the passerby to imagine. I started going there in the fall of 2020 because it was easy to stay socially distanced, but I return to roam through the history of New York and look at Manhattan from the highest point in Brooklyn while I get some exercise. There are so many mysteries here. Why did one woman put a recipe for cookies on her gravestone? Why did midcentury adman William Bernbach - he’s even mentioned in Mad Men - have an armillary sphere placed on top of his gravestone? How did he end up next to the Roosevelt family plot? What’s up with the woman buried next to both of her husbands in the first husband’s family plot?
😈 what’s your toxic trait?
I am a regimented creature, from planks, coffee and oatmeal when I arise to daily walks and the paintings I search out in museums. And beans (I especially like the Rancho Gordo Marcella) have become a daily constant in my life since the start of the pandemic.
🥵 what makes you hot?
I am learning to read Spanish by working my way through dual-language books, including the poems of Garcia-Lorca and Pablo Neruda. And I'm reading a history of Chinese architecture. The planks may not make me hot, but they do prevent back pain.
🔎 who are you looking for?
A smart woman curious about the world around her who likes at least some of the following: art, movies, fiction, architecture, food, wine and cities, especially New York City.
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