“As a singer,” says Al Roker, “I’m a fantastic weatherman.” That hasn’t stopped the 64-year-old “Right now” present veteran from performing within the Broadway musical “Waitress,” by way of Nov. 18, as diner proprietor Outdated Joe. When he’s not singing or displaying climate maps, the Higher East Sider likes to hunker down. Roker, who grew up in Canarsie, tells BARBARA HOFFMAN the place you’ll discover him, and his journalist spouse, Deborah Roberts, on his nonworking weekends.
Saturday is our regroup day. My spouse’s far more healthy than me, so she’ll go for a run. I’ll go for a brisk stroll or bike journey. I journey alongside the bike path on the West Facet, the place you’ll be able to go from Battery Park to the Little Purple Lighthouse below the George Washington Bridge. I obtained just a little emotional the primary time I did that. I bear in mind my mom studying that story to me, and there it was!
Saturday’s additionally a catch-up day for errands. Meals purchasing is both Fairway on East 86th Road or Complete Meals on Third Avenue. The Fairway’s in all probability nearer in spirit to the [original] one on West 74th Road. It’s a rat’s warren of bizarre nooks and crannies. The primary few instances, I needed to go away breadcrumbs: “The place am I? I’ve been previous the milk 4 instances!” However the workers’s pretty and it’s nice meals.
Every time somebody is available in from out of city, I’ll take them on the Staten Island Ferry. [First off,] it’s free, so there’s that. You’re taking it to Staten Island and there’s a fantastic pizza place within the ferry terminal. You get a chunk of pizza and also you return.
The opposite excellent spot for a view is the Roosevelt Island tram. You’re going over the East River, you look to the south and there’s downtown, and also you’re subsequent to the Queensboro Bridge. And keep in mind that scene the place Spider-Man saves the tram? When you don’t wish to take it again, you stroll just a little methods and there’s the F prepare.
Sundays we often stand up and go to church, the 9 o’clock youth service. Our son is an acolyte. After that, three out of 4 weekends, we go to Freds at Barneys for lunch. We in all probability have been going there for 20 years, again when it was within the basement. It’s a pleasant, New York breakfast: recent bagels, lox, good salads, actually good pancakes. Good pancakes in a pleasant restaurant are uncommon! You don’t need to zhoozh it up. For me, breakfast is an anti-zhoozh.