Jim Jarmusch is an independent filmmaker (“Dead Man” and the N.Y.-lensed “Coffee & Cigarettes”)
Roots: From under the Goodyear Blimp in Akron, Ohio.
Comfort Zone: Has made New York his “home country” since the mid-1970s. He shares in the energy of the Lower Eastside and hides out in the Catskills.
Gotham influence: “New York draws people of ideas. My religion is imagination and ideas, and there is that exchange and vibrancy. I live at night, and the city is less defined visually, it’s just seen by light. There are a lot of poetic images you can find by wandering the streets. And you get a better class of people in the middle of the night, I find.”
Culture club: “The Bowery Ballroom is good for music, or I go to the Oyster Bar in Grand Central where you can watch everyone run around at rush hour. I don’t do karaoke, but there’s this little Chinese bar called Winnie’s that just so cool. I want to shoot something there one day.”
Food fix: “The Pink Pony is a place I go where you can get food at all hours, or I go to this little Ukrainian place in the East Village.
New York Minute: “It was snowing and I was in this cab in the middle of the night, and on the street was this guy walking, his overcoat turned up and carrying a saxophone. It was Ornette Coleman. He’s a musical hero of mine and he was just walkin’ in the snow with his horn. Damn, New York was so beautiful to me at that moment.”