George Hahn loves New York. However in 2016, the author, actor and sartorial pragmatist wrote an essay about how the town — his house for 22 years — had turn into unsustainable for his artistic way of life. He determined to maneuver house, to Cleveland, Ohio, the place he marveled at his 1,000-square-foot condo (with in-suite washer/dryer). However he grew to miss New York terribly. So when a Manhattan dermatologist provided him a full-time job, he returned — in January 2020.
By that March, he had been furloughed.
Mr. Hahn spent his newfound free time on Instagram and Twitter (he was once the social media director for Joan Rivers), the place he largely expressed his reignited ardour for New York.
“It could be taking place as the most effective loves of my life,” Mr. Hahn stated of the town. “To spend my cash someplace else when enterprise is required right here would really feel disloyal. To be among the many counted when so many left, amongst those that caught it out, is a privilege.”
Final summer season Mr. Hahn recorded a satirical video of New York as hellscape — “The streets are lined with folks doing issues like … getting ice cream … homosexual ice cream” — which went viral. “Then I began feeling the stress: Is that this my ‘Citizen Kane’? Or can there be extra of this?”
He began recording his walks and his shaving classes — the place he’d talk about something from his sober, vegetarian way of life to politics — and posting each day “Good Morning” pictures, usually with a movie noir bent and involving espresso.
Mr. Hahn now has over 128,000 followers on Twitter, together with entertainers like Jane Lynch and Wanda Sykes. “That is all a complete shock to me,” he stated.
However he nonetheless has his day job — as a affected person concierge for a cosmetic dermatologist — which he returned to full-time final June. Mr. Hahn, 50, lives along with his two canines, Smokey and Lenore, in a 360-square-foot transformed resort room on the Higher West Aspect of Manhattan. “It’s a really edited life,” he stated.
GOOD MORNING My day begins with espresso. My espresso methodology is gloriously analog. I take advantage of a Chemex. There’s one thing nice about making your espresso with one thing that’s a part of the everlasting assortment at MoMA. I take my espresso black, straight, like I took my vodka.
On Sundays I don’t set an alarm, nor do I shave. I’m very fortunate to have two canines that aren’t crack-of-dawn canines. They’re like youngsters. I’ve two cups of espresso. I learn the Instances on my iPad. The canines get up. We rally and head over to Central Park.
SHOE BOX CHIC My canines eat this frozen uncooked meals. I put the meals of their bowls earlier than the stroll so it’s thawed out after we return. On Sundays, I attempt to do as a lot task-free and mask-free exercise as doable. I put on a masks all week. So I spend time on this stylish little shoe field. It’s the one place the place I’m comfy. I’ll pour one other cup of espresso. I’ll learn extra. I attempt to put a dent in that rising pile of New Yorkers.
STROLL I’d go to the Strand, previously Ebook Tradition. Many of the books I purchase are in digital kind; the final bodily guide I purchased was Jerry Seinfeld’s “Is This Something?” I really like the scent of bookstores, and it makes me really feel smarter simply to face in a single. I’ll additionally go to Zabar’s to select up objects like rugelach, bagels, their lifesaving cream cheese, French/Italian roast espresso and possibly one in every of their ready meals for dinner that night time.
RIDE I’ll go on a motorbike trip in Central Park or down the river, if it’s not too chilly or raining; in the case of temperature and precipitation I’m a child. I intentionally selected a bicycle that’s impartial by way of its apparel necessities. It’s like a Schwinn that somebody would have had within the ’70s. Leather-based seat, upright. I went to a proper occasion in a tuxedo on it.
REST The canines could be due for one more stroll. After that, I really feel so free to take a nap, as a result of I’m so outdated. I really like them. I don’t know what I used to be preventing in my childhood. My condo is a resort room, so I’ve set it up like a resort room way of life. I’ll get on the mattress and nap as if I have been napping within the resort room. There’s the TV, a desk, a lounge chair.
LISTEN As a result of I’m a podcast fanatic, this could be the time slot for that. I like Pivot, with Scott Galloway and Kara Swisher. I like On the Media. The New Yorker Radio Hour. The New Abnormal. Here’s the Thing With Alec Baldwin. The War on Cars. Sway. I additionally hearken to a number of NPR.
APPOINTMENT WITH MOM After my nap, I at all times name my mom. She’s in Cleveland. We normally speak about what she needed to eat, the climate, what she’s watching on Netflix. — if it’s received a British accent and a fancy dress, or if there’s a homicide, she’s a child in a sweet retailer. If she may dwell within the Agatha Christie universe she’d be very completely satisfied.
DINNER It bothers me that ordering apps take a big reduce from eating places. I’ll go to Viand or Motorino and get it and convey it house, in order that they’ll get all the cash. It’s such a trick bag. As a result of the supply employees must work, too. However it’s my choice to select it up and convey it house.
ON COOKING I’ve two burners and a convection microwave. It’s so restricted. It’s like asking a flight attendant to make you lunch. Amy’s frozen burritos are literally actually good. I by no means knew how a lot I loved peanut butter and jelly.
ON CLOTHING My wardrobe is extraordinarily edited. I’ve a regular closet with two rungs. My fits, my shirts that come from the cleaners, every little thing is on these two rungs. I’ve lighter-weather stuff on the opposite rung. I’ll swap out when the season comes. In the summertime, my winter put on will go right into a storage field underneath my mattress. I’ve precisely 5 pairs of costume footwear. I take advantage of a cream referred to as Saphir, it’s from France, to shine my footwear. I take advantage of an outdated T-shirt or an outdated pair of underwear if that’s not too gross. Then I take advantage of one other T-shirt to buff them dry and a shoe brush. I’m very specific.
AT NIGHT I’ll usually watch TV whereas I eat. The one floor in my condo is my desk. I’ll transfer the laptop computer and eat there. Or I’ll eat in mattress watching TV, like one would do in a resort. There will likely be a final canine stroll. Just a few laps across the neighborhood. They wish to social gathering after that final stroll, so there’s an effort to dial down the temper. Smokey, who’s little, sleeps with me, and Lenore sleeps on her mattress or underneath my mattress. We handle.
THE BEST MEDICINE As I’m doing my comedown ritual — I’ll get into my boxer shorts and T-shirt, wash my face, placed on some night time cream, brush my tooth — I really like listening to stand-up: Jim Gaffigan, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, and one in every of my all-time favorites, Maria Bamford. And Tig Notaro. I’ll set the sleep timer on my Sonos. I’ll drift off, listening to comedy. It’s bizarre, I do know.
Joan Rivers stated that laughter is like giving somebody a trip. This pandemic has been hell. It’s been extraordinarily lonely. Listening to comedy earlier than going to mattress has been actually comforting.
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