You Know Me !
1: How do we know you?
I met Patrick when I was a teenage club kid. It was before he had his maverick website, but everyone who went out at night knew the legendary Patrick. He is one of the most approachable people in New York and we became instant friends. I grew up in New York, so I feel like I grew up with Patrick.
2: What is your latest project?
I am now the Editor-in-Chief now of Avenue Magazine and taking the glossy in exciting new directions without losing our core audience. I’m a very “What’s next?” person so this is a great job as I am always finding out who or what or where is next.
3: Where are you living?
I live in Manhattan. After years in TriBeCa, I am now on the Upper East Side, blocks away from where I grew up. I loved my apartment in TriBeCa, but it was too desolate a neighborhood. New York is about being around people.
4: What don’t we know about you?
When I got my first paying job as a writer–an article for Vogue when I was 22–I didn’t know how to type, so I hand wrote the piece and paid someone to type it for me on a computer.
5: What is your favorite travel destination?
Tokyo: Shopping is a serious sport for the Japanese and as a gadget freak and a clothes junkie, it is heaven to me. Plus, I could snap street style photos of the Harajuku kids all day. I become Bill Cunningham the minute I get to Tokyo and photograph every cool kid I see–which is also very Japanese thus I fit in. I’ve been to Japan four times and want to go 40 more.
6: What inspires you?
All the personalities I have been lucky enough to interview from Valentino to Gwen Stefani to Kelly Slater. I get to delve into the minds of people at the top of their game and find out what makes them tick.
Day to day, I am inspired endlessly by Juan and the people who work for The Coalition for the Homeless in New York–true unsung New York heros.
7: If not yourself, who would you be?
A detective. I am fascinated by forensics and what makes people do horrible things. Plus, I am very nosy–which is probably why I have been a pretty good reporter at times.
8: What book is your bible?
9: What is your favorite word?
Great (I overuse it a lot).
10: Who is your biggest hero?
Anyone who works in a hospital.
11: How would you define success?
Being happy wherever you are.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
Probably something naughty and I wouldn’t answer it–I try to be a gentleman most of the time.
Peter Davis is a writer, man about town, and now the Editor-in-Chief of Avenue Magazine.
Questions by PMc Magazine
Photography by Patrick McMullan for Patrick McMullan.com
Design by Marie Havens
Peter Davis, SAVE VENICE INC. Un Ballo in Maschera, The Grand Ballroon, Plaza Hotel, NYC, March 15, 2011, Photography by Patrick McMullan for Patrick McMullan.com