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Milton Glaser, George Takei, Jessica Walsh, Stefan Sagmeister, Why i love New York
Oct 18, 2016 Celebrities

Why Milton Glaser, Celebs and Creatives Love NY

Larry Closs

Larry Closs

Marketing Director

We asked “I ❤️ NY” logo designer Milton Glaser, a host of New York luminaries and assorted agency creatives what they love about the Big Apple. No surprise: there’s a lot to love!


Photo: Michael Somoroff

Milton Glaser
Graphic Designer, “I ❤️ NY” logo

“What I love about our city is the fact that because of its complexity and contradictions, it has no singular characteristic. You have to create it in your mind. It’s the best of worlds and the worst of at the same time. It can accommodate any description. It is the place most susceptible to reinvention. What could be more energizing?”


Photo: Luke Fontana

George Takei
Actor, Social Justice Activist, Social Media Mega-Power
“Allegiance” Star

“I love the energy and vitality of New York. From the crack of dawn, the pace is set by the purposeful rhythm of the people marching to work. The energy churns like a dynamo all during the day and at night it blazes in flashing, bubbling chaos of colors and movement in Times Square. But the real power is generated by the problem-solving, creativity and innovation of the people.”

nutmeg-pat kiernan-photo by john ulan

Photo: John Ulan

Pat Kiernan
NY1 News Anchor
Author, “Good Morning, City

“I love that New York has a place for everyone and everything. It’s sometimes work to find it, but somewhere there’s a bar that plays exactly the kind of music you like. Or a school that will offer just the kind of class you were craving. And even though we all have our own jobs and pastimes, we all get together every morning and every afternoon to jam onto the subway. That proximity translates into energy. There are moments when I need a break from the action. But before long I’m ready to return and pick up the pace.”


De La Vega

“New York City’s chaos and the desperate need for inspiring leadership has been the inspiration for my mantra BECOME YOUR DREAM. Sidewalks, construction sites and walls are my canvas.”


Ryan Kutscher
Creative Director, Circus Maximus

“My favorite thing about New York is that at any given time from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. there are people 200 feet below the surface all the way to 100 stories in the sky, all doing something that contributes to the endless energy of the city. And also that you never get tickets for jaywalking here. They just let you get hit by a car as the penalty.”


Tammy Lakatos Shames and Lyssie Lakatos
The Nutrition Twins

“We love so many things about New York! Our favorite thing is that you can walk everywhere. You don’t have to sit in traffic to get groceries, go to a comedy show or to a doctor, or to get a taste of another culture, whether from the people or the amazing restaurants. You can literally step outside your door and find something new to explore that you may have never even noticed before, from the architecture of the buildings to the vegetation in the parks, to the street vendors on the corner, there’s always a new adventure awaiting you. The excitement and energy in the city is incomparable—you can go to your corner deli and sit next to a movie star at breakfast, then go for a stroll in Central Park while stumbling upon a 5K race and a TV show being filmed, and that’s before you’ve even headed to the Met, Madame Tussauds, the Statue of Liberty, the Chrysler Building, a concert or a Broadway show. We love NY!”


Buff Monster

“I love the weather and the expensive rent. I was born and raised in Hawaii and spent 15 years in LA; I had no experience of the (changing) seasons. After four years in NYC, the winter is still as fun and novel as it has ever been. Now, expensive rent isn’t awesome, but paired with the weather, it makes for an environment that forces you to handle your business. You can’t just move here and see how it goes. You really have to do what you set out to do, or you leave. Add to that the lack of celebrity obsession here, and you get a feeling of ‘we’re all here, just dealing with the same stuff.’ I love it.”


Photo: Dusdin Condren

Jessica Walsh
Partner, Sagmeister & Walsh

“New York is a melting pot of different people, cultures, food, music, art; there is so much energy to feed off of and inspiration to be found each day here. I love to travel and get bored being in one place for too long, but New York can hold my interest the longest out of anywhere I’ve been, and it always feels like home. Whenever I fly back and take a cab into Manhattan and catch a glimpse of that amazing skyline, I fall in love with the city all over again.”


Stefan Sagmeister
Partner, Sagmeister & Walsh

“I first came to NYC at 18 and immediately knew that I wanted to live there. Having grown up in a small town in the Austrian Alps, I always wanted to live in a big city. I have now been here for 25 years and it’s still my favorite place in the world. My chief love about New York is that so many people are born elsewhere and that makes everybody quite open to meet new people. You see, I come from Austria where everybody is from Austria; most people grew up in Austria. Everybody acquired his or her friends in high school or university. So, once you are 30 or 40, you don’t need to make new friends. But, in New York, since everybody comes from somewhere else, there are a lot of people who want to know people. If you’re willing, you can meet a lot of people. And you’ll meet not just graphic designers, you can meet directors, architects, publishers, writers, politicians—a very wide range. And because you can meet them, you see how they are, and you realize these guys are not so much smarter than you. You can do that, too. So it’s much easier for you to go your own way because you’re not stuck with the same group at all times. At the same time, I still do feel Austrian. It is there where all my brothers and sisters live and where I had spent my formative years.”


Janet Guillet
Executive Creative Director, DDB New York

“My favorite thing about NY is my memory of going to SVA in the ’80s. It was a time when the subway cars rattled around covered top to bottom, inside and out, with graffiti, and the air conditioning only worked 50 percent of the time. Street art was just beginning. I remember standing on the subway platform and admiring the fanciful chalk drawings by my classmate Keith Haring. I still love and live in NY, and do appreciate things like a safer Central Park and cleaner subway cars, but there was something romantic about living in the city that was told by the President to ‘Drop Dead!'”


Joe Mangrum
Artist, Sand Painter

“I love the incredibly diverse people you meet and can strike up a conversation with just about anyone on the street. The fact you can go to another part of the city and explore the boroughs as a staycation and discover a whole other New York right there.”


Daniel Bremmer
Creative Director, 360i

“One of my favorite stores is Crest Hardware in Brooklyn. If you make stuff, this place is essential. The guys in the back can help you with all kinds of questions. They have a fantastic garden section for roof deck plants, and they even have a pet pig named Franklin.”


Alex Shulhafer
Creative Director, 360i

“I love Grand Ferry Park. It has a view of the city that even the aroma of the East River can’t ruin.”


Lori Korchek
SVP Creative Director, Publicis NA

“I’ve lived in West Harlem for 16 years now and I’m still discovering all it has to offer. My go-to spots for drinks, dinner, drinks, brunch—and did I mention drinks?—is The Grange in Hamilton Heights at Amsterdam and 141st and Vineteria on 119th and St. Nick. Sunday morning-wise, the gospel service at Convent Avenue Baptist Church is a rousing way to atone for my culinary sins. And a stroll down 141st to visit Alexander Hamilton’s house beats paying $1,000 for a ticket to the show! Well, sort of.”


Paul Schmidt
Associate Creative Director, Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness

“It’s hard to narrow down one favorite place in New York. There are so many places, people and things to love about it—it’s endless. But if I have to to pick one, it would be The Spring Lounge in Soho (Spring and Mulberry). It has a fishbowl-view of the busy corner. Great for people watching. Friendly bartenders who remember your name (even if you don’t), lots of character, and characters.”


Douglas Welch
SVP, Group Creative Director, McCann Humancare

“For me, I can’t imagine something more unique to New York than wandering the galleries of the Met on a rainy Saturday. Followed by a cocktail while soaking in Ludwig Bemelman’s murals in Bemelman’s Bar at the Carlyle Hotel. No other city in the world can offer that pleasurable a combination.”


Lon Ballinger
Owner, Webster Hall

“I love New York City because it shows the world that all cultures can get along and work in harmony if they try.”


Tom Ballinger
Owner, Webster Hall

“The best place to go in the winter is the Bronx Zoo. Everyone thinks it’s closed so you can walk around when it’s empty and smoke a joint.”


Wyndham Stopford
Creative Director, Protagonist

“For me, a little known Manhattan thrill is taking the tram to Roosevelt Island. For the price of a subway ride you’re hoisted into the sky to go eye-to-eye with the upper floors of some of the city’s most exclusive homes. Then you soar across the East River with a dramatic north and south view, ending with a steep drop down onto Roosevelt Island. Stand in the front of the tram and feel your stomach sink. You can treat yourself to a coffee or beer on either side of your trip.”


Patrick Trettenero
VP Creative, USA and Syfy Brandworks

“One of my favorite places is the Frick Collection. When friends come from out of town, excited to see The Met, The Guggenheim, MoMA, etc., I make a point to also take them to my favorite, intimate little jewel of a museum, The Frick. It has an unmatched romantic quality that never fails to charm my friends, and me.”


Photo: Eric Korenman

Gilbert Gottfried
Comedian, Host of “Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast!”

“There are so many things to love about New York City. I particularly like the strong scent of urine in the subway in August.”


Photo: Eric Korenman

Frank Santopadre
Comedy Writer, Staff Writer for “The View,” Co-Host of “Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast!”

“I just love the city’s classic architecture—from the Chrysler Building to the Brill Building. The styles, and all the New York history that goes with them!”


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