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Stars and the City: Jefferson Mays’ New York

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|by Jeryl Brunner |


Tony winner Jefferson Mays stars in 'The Front Page' with a dream team cast that includes Nathan Lane, Robert Morse, John Slattery, Holland Taylor, John Goodman, Dylan Baker, Sherie Rene Scott, Danny Mastrogiorgio, Christopher McDonald amd David Pittu. In

I have lived in New York since 1991, late in the last century. It is quite simply the most exciting place to be in the world, and it can also be exhausting. Whatever mood you experience in New York, whether it be euphoria or despair — it is somehow magnified by the city. So, it’s a roller coaster ride of feeling and stimulation. And I would never want to live anywhere else.

Jefferson Mays during his Tony-nominated stint in ‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’ (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Jefferson Mays during his Tony-nominated stint in ‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’ (Photo: Joan Marcus)

What do you love about New York City? 

1. My wife and I lived in the East Village for many years and loved it. It’s sort of awash in adolescent mania because of NYU. It seems odd that we were the oldest people in the neighborhood, but it’s just such a neighborhood.

When we lived in the East Village, we took our little rescue dog, Maude, every morning to the Tompkins Square Dog Run to play. Having a dog gets you to the park every day so you see nature and all of its transformations, which is easy to lose sight of living in the city. You look out the window and you say, ‘Oh, my God, the daffodils’ and then, ‘Oh, my God, they’re gone.’

2. There is a wonderful Australian restaurant off Tompkins Square Park called Flinders Lane. My wife is Australian, and they have fantastic food, a gorgeous wine list and lovely people working there. I love a nice New Zealand or Australian rack of lamb. So, that’s where we like to relax.

3. Bar Centrale, which is a sort of speakeasy. It’s so quiet. And I just love bars without TVs where you can have a conversation. It’s right upstairs from Joe Allen’s. You find a quiet little corner,  have a nice conversation and a drink. It’s a perfect way to wind down after a show. You can table hop, but generally, I just sort of slump in a state of semi-unconsciousness in the corner after the rigors of a show.

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