Thursday, April 28, 2011

Interview with Candace Bushnell

A long line of pretty city girls decked out in their favorite Jimmy Choos waited outside the Gansevoort Park last night for their chance to catch a glimpse at Candace Bushnell, the famed writer of Sex And The City, and dating guru to all single New York City women, at her launch party with Gilt City for her latest young-adult book, Summer in the City.  The sequel to the #1 New York Times Bestseller The Carrie Diaries went on sale April 26th, and is sure to quickly become a favorite of her devoted readers.  Ladies enjoyed strong Xanté cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres, and truffles from ChristinEats by the heated rooftop pool and sexy bar area at the Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel.  After mingling, guests were treated to a signed copy of her new novel.
 
Ms. Bushnell was nothing short of stunning in a blue sequined dress and black rhinestone studded heels that Carrie herself would rock.  With a glass of white wine in hand, the ageless Candace listened to my questions with bright eyes and a friendly smile, like one of my girlfriends on a brunch date.

Sarah Shaker: Since you first began writing your column in The New York Observer in 1993, what has changed in the New York City dating scene?

Candace Bushnell: Young women are more relaxed about men now.  In the 80’s and 90’s many women felt they were expected to find someone, and if they didn’t they became the single thirty-something Sex And The City girls.  Now, women in their twenties are more focused on their career, and are more put together than some of the young men.

SS: In all of your work about Manhattan, you highlight the best in nightlife.  What was or is your all-time favorite bar in New York City?

CB: Studio 54 – nothing can compare.  Everyone who was someone went to that club.  There was something new about it.  At that time, everyone was discovering nightlife, so everyone was out.  Now clubs are all about bottle service, and no one is really dancing anymore.

SS: I wish I could have partied at Studio 54!  I love the nightlife scene, but I’m also a foodie.  What is your favorite restaurant in the city?

CB: Da Silvano has been a favorite of mine since the early 90’s.  Bar Pitti is next door, and people always seemed to favor one over the other.  Cipriani on 59th for lunch was glamorous.  I couldn’t always afford it, so I loved dining there for lunch when I could.

SS: What is your favorite neighborhood?

CB: My neighborhood!  My husband and I live on 9th and University in the Village.  We love being between the West and East Villages and can easily walk to Soho.
 
SS: Yes, I love living in the East Village!  I rarely go above 14th St.

CB: Well, you must go to the farmer’s market in Union Square.

SS: Yes, I never miss that!

CB: My first permanent apartment in New York was at 11th between University and Broadway.  I lived there for six years and loved it.

SS: I have been in the East Village for five years, and hope to stay downtown for much longer.

CB: Everything you could need is right there!

After our interview, she politely thanked me and wished me luck on my blog.  As a writer and downtown girl-about-town in the nightlife and dating scene, I couldn't be more of a fan of her work and chic lifestyle.  I can only dream to accomplish her success.  Ladies, if you can quote lines from almost every episode of Sex And The City, still crush on Aidan, but are looking for your Mr. Big, and have the best girlfriends anyone could ask for in your “very lovely life”, run out now and purchase her latest book!

This is an edited transcript of a conversation between Candace Bushnell and Sarah M. Shaker

6 comments:

  1. what a fun experience! great interview!

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  2. how cool that you got to meet her! Nice interview!

    Britt+Whit

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  3. how fun and exciting - love the interview!

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  4. I am so happy for you, and amazing interview! Ok no more procrastination I am coming to New York and seeing this city for all its worth and we must meet for coffee! So happy you got to meet Candice, I can tell you adore her and what she brings to single life, dating life and writing. So jealous!

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  5. Incredible. I am extremly jealous but in a loving way of course. I would want no one else to have written this but you!

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  6. Now THAT'S what I call an interview!

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