21 questions

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Photograph by Patrick McMullan

Name: Lazaro Hernandez

Age: 28

Job: Designer

Neighborhood: Chelsea

Name: Jack McCollough
Age: 28
Job: Designer
Neighborhood: West Village

Who’s your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional?
L: My dog Jojo.
J: Woody Allen.

What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in New York?
L: Nothing beats my mother’s cooking when she’s in New York visiting. Nothing like a home-cooked meal. Now, if only I knew how to cook!
J: Per Se.

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
L: I oversee that things are getting done and more specifically dealing with things that haven’t.
J: Answer silly questions.

Where do you get your coffee?
L: Starbucks, every morning. Such a wonderful addiction.
J: Don’t drink coffee.

What’s the last thing you saw on Broadway?
L: Not so into the Broadway thing.
J: A panhandler.

Do you give money to panhandlers?
L: Only when they have a really great line. Creativity wins me over every time. I once had a guy tell me he was building a spaceship and needed a dollar to finish. How can you say no to that?
J: Sometimes. Depends on how broke I am feeling.

What’s your drink?
L: My friends will laugh at this one. It’s become such an ongoing joke. My Starbucks addiction is rivaled only by my need for margaritas.
J: Absinthe.

How often do you prepare your own meals?
L: Does pouring milk into a bowl of cereal count?
J: Five nights a week.

What’s your favorite medication?
L: Anything that helps with jetlag is always welcome. Never being in one city too long wreaks havoc on your sleep patterns.
J: Visine.

What’s hanging above your sofa?
L: I recently bought a series of paintings by this fascinating New York artist Kon Trubkovich. So beautiful. Marianne Boesky and Amy Greenspon have been helping me with art purchases. How lucky am I? I would say besides fashion, what I love most is exploring and collecting art of my generation.
J: It’s floating.

How much is too much to spend on a haircut?
L: For a guy, anything other than a barber shop or a friend is too much. I’d say twenty bucks.
J: I think anything over 100 for a boy is a little steep.

When’s bedtime?
L: Sleep isn’t my friend. I’d say one or two.
J: 3 a.m.

Brunch: pro or con?
L: I like the idea of catching up with friends, but a day to myself is hard to give up.
J: Con.

What’s your thread count?
L: Jersey sheets don’t have a thread count.
J: 1,000. Is that snobby?

What do you hate most about living in New York?
L: The constant commitments, definitely.
J: Having absolutely no nature, no space, and no time to yourself.

What’s your brand of jeans?
L: Levi’s.
J: Wrangler 47.

When’s the last time you drove a car?
L: Over Christmas. There really is nothing better than taking a nice long drive by yourself and listening to some music and just getting away. I really miss that.
J: Back when I was a pizza-delivery boy in ‘97.

Who should be the next president?
L: A Democrat.
J: A black woman Democrat. Basically anything Bush isn’t.

Times, Post, or Daily News?
L: Times.
J: Times.

Yankees or Mets?
L: I couldn’t care less.
J: Boring.

What makes someone a New Yorker?
L: Is “living here” a bad answer?
J: Jury duty on Court Street.

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