Our favorite New York moment was the time we ran all the way to the top of the Empire State Building on New Year's Eve to tell our oldest friend (Meg Ryan) that we really loved her. That was pretty unforgettable.
Where she presides: The Pony Bar, Hell's Kitchen
Favorite drink: Jameson
I used to work at a bar where the staff would always stay after closing to hang out and drink. One night we all stayed a lot later than usual, until about ten the next morning. That's when all the bartenders and waitresses decided to get a van and drive down to Coney Island. This is early January, the coldest day of the year, and we're going to do our own Polar Bears thing. We get there and all the guys strip down and one of the girls strips down to just a bra and undies. They go in the water for a minute, and come back looking black and blue, like someone had beaten them up. I didn't go in. I was wasted and freezing. Everyone was just completely silent on the drive back.
Where she presides: The Snug Tavern & Grill, City Island (Bronx)
Favorite drink: Captain Morgan and Coke
I've lived here all my life, and I don't want to date myself by saying this, but the '69 Mets. That was pretty awesome. We have games on here all the time, but we never see anything like that. They were underdogs and they came back to win it. No, I didn't go out and celebrate. I was only eight when it happened. I actually shouldn't be saying this; I'm a closeted Mets fan. My husband is a Yankees fan and I pretend to root for them whenever they play each other.
Where he presides: McKenna's, Meatpacking District
Favorite drink: Bud Light
Well, I grew up here, my life is full of New York moments. I had a good one two months ago. I ran into Mos Def on the street. [That's cool.] Yeah, and then I smoked a blunt with him. That's a New York moment.
Where she presides: Coppersmiths, Midtown
Favorite drink: Stella Artois
I used to play my banjo on the subway, for money and for fun. So people would come up to me and stop and talk about what I was playing and what all I was doing. I met a recording artist like that, and a really great photographer. One day, on Valentine's Day, I was playing and this girl came up to me. She had written all these Valentines that she was going to give to strangers. She was looking for different types of people and recruited me to help her find these people. I think she was looking for a Wall Street businessman when she asked me.