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Rob Weisbach

Editor satisfies curious urge through exploration of the city

Formerly Simon & Schuster VP and editor at large, Weisbach was just named president and chief executive officer of Miramax Books

Roots: Grew up in Summit, N.J., and Palo Alto, Calif.

State of the city: My mom and dad fell for each other in grad school at Columbia in the ’50s. They introduced us to the city when we were little kids. It has always been part of my life, so it’s as nostalgic for me as it is filled with new juice.

Comfort zone: My partner, David, and I have been together for 18 years. We’ve lived on the Upper West Side; in a crumbly, old factory loft in Tribeca; in a tiny townhouse in the West Village; in a gargantuan, old doorman building in Chelsea. Most New Yorkers hate to move, but we’re geographically restless.

Gotham influence: There is endless opportunity to discover and nurture talent. Hooking up with innovative writers, artists and filmmakers, and bringing their work to a broader audience is what keeps me working in the entertainment industry.

Culture club: (West Village indie record shop) Rebel Rebel is a good resource for progressive soul and new music.

Food fix: I’m hell-bent on trying new places … even if they often turn out to be disappointing. For old favorites, I seem to gravitate to the Lower East and West sides for food and vibe, (places like) Le Pere Pinard, Ino or Gitane, or Soho House to meet up with friends for a latenight drink.

Stress relief: I like to leave the city altogether — dig and rake and bang on the cottage we’re fixing up in East Hampton. And we like to lure our best friends out of the city to hang out with us there.

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