Upper West Sider: Lisa Stock, Filmmaker

Monday, September 7th, 2009

lisa-stockEach week, My Upper West interviews an Upper West Side resident who helps make our neighborhood the diverse and interesting place we love.  Today, we talk to Lisa Stock, filmmaker, west 80’s.

So, what do you do all day?
I make films that are steeped in myth and magic realism, most of which are filmed in the UWS and Central Park.  The Silent Nick and Nora is currently making the festival rounds and was shot in the West 80′s.  I also filmed a fairy tale called Brother & Sister in the park this past winter after a huge snowstorm- made for some beautiful shots!  You can check out my work at www.InByTheEye.com.

How long have you lived on the UWS?
15 years.

What made you decide to move to the UWS?
I love all the brownstones and wanted to live in a “house apartment” as opposed to an apartment building.  At the time I was working at AMNH [The American Museum of Natural History] and liked being able to walk to work.

What is your favorite thing about the neighborhood?
The architecture, the parks, and the feel of history surrounding us.

Riverside Park or Central Park?
Central Park.

Describe your best celebrity sighting on the UWS.
Bono eating outside Isabella’s (Columbus at 77th).

What is your favorite meal on the UWS?
The white bean soup at Kefi (Columbus at 84th) is wonderful.

If you could change one thing about the UWS, what would it be?
No news helicopters hovering over the UWS (and my window) before 7:00 am!

What would you like to see filling the empty storefronts in the UWS, or what would you like to see more of in the UWS?
Maybe a smaller, more intimate movie theater showing second-run features for half price.

Horse and carriage rides in Central Park: romantic, too touristy, or cruel?
I think if they put stables inside the park and designated paths for the horses to take that were nowhere near traffic, I’d say romantic.  Right now, I’d say too touristy or cruel.

What are you looking forward to most: completion of Lincoln Center’s renovations, Trader Joe’s on 72nd and Broadway, the shops at Columbus Square, or completion of the 96th Street subway station?
Trader Joe’s.  A coworker recently turned me on to their brownie mix!

What is your favorite thing to do in the ‘hood on a nice UWS day?
Go into the park and lie in the grass.  Or go sit by Glen Span Arch (in Central Park near 102nd) and cascade.

Who is your favorite UWS resident, past or present?
George Carlin.

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