Howard Shore is a composer (“The Lord of the Rings,” The Aviator.”
Roots: Born and raised in Toronto.
N.Y. state of mind: “I helped create ‘Saturday Night Live’ and was the musical director. I composed a piece called ‘Brooklyn Heights’ for ‘Gangs of New York’ and worked with a lot of New York directors, including Sidney Lumet and Jonathan Demme.”
Comfort zone: “I live in Tuxedo Park, N.Y. and spend time in the West Village, where my wife Elizabeth Cotnoir, a writer-producer and documentary filmmaker, has an office.”
Gotham influence: “The Metropolitan Opera. Over the years I’ve seen the great operas and great conductors there. It’s a very important part of my life and unique to New York.”
Culture club: “The Metropolitan Museum of Art. I enjoyed ‘Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration’ exhibit. My daughter, Mae Shore, was a collaborator on that show.”
Food fix: “Gobo in the West Village. It’s innovative, that’s why I like it. It’s vegetarian and great tasting.”