In Stake Land, which opens here Friday, Nick Damici plays a mysterious vampire hunter in post-apocalyptic Appalachia; he also cowrote the film with director Jim Mickle. More recently, he wrote the answers to our semi-regular neighborhood questionnaire.
Houston Street between Mott and Mulberry. Or Nolita if you prefer.
Best place to people watch?
Outside Old St. Patrick’s Church on Mott Street.
Best place to drink?
Tom and Jerry’s Bar at 288 Elizabeth St. [Nick’s girlfriend owns the bar. That’ll be important later. -Ed.
Ballato’s on Houston or Cafe Habana on Elizabeth and Prince.
Best bookstore or record store?
You have to travel for a music store but McNally Jackson Bookstore on Prince Street has a varied selection.
Best grocery store/farmer’s market?
Whole Foods hands down.
Not sure of the name but a couple blocks down Mulberry there’s a laundry where the old Chinese lady yells at me all the time. I love it.
Best outdoor spot?
Early morning Chrystie Street Park.
Best place to attend a show/view a piece of art/see a movie?
The Angelica or the Sunshine… that’s it.
Best coffee shop?
Gitanes on Mott, just across from the Church.
Best subway line?
We have them all with in walking distance, one of the best things about this area.
Best date spot?
Chinatown… it’s like going to a foreign country.
Best person whose name you don’t know?
The ancient tiny woman who’s in incredibly good shape for her age who’s always walking up Mott St. when I walk my dog.
According to neighborhood folklore, are there any celebrities living in the area?
David Bowie and Iman. Spot them once in while on Mulberry near Jersey Alley.
Which are there more of: dogs, bodega cats, strollers, American Apparel ads, or old men on stoops?
Dogs… dogs… dogs… and I love dogs…
What’s missing from your neighborhood?
A good dog run… I use the Tompkins Square one myself.
What’s been the biggest change since you’ve moved in?
Population! It’s crowed now.
It’s a Saturday night in October. You don’t feel like traveling very far but are antsy for a night out. Where do you go?
Tom and Jerry’s. It’s close and friendly.