When Dan Gluck, the executive director of Manhattan's Museum of Sex, founded the museum in 2002, he wanted to create a kind of "Smithsonian museum of sex," which looked at sex from an anthropological perspective rather than an erotic art museum.
Among the current exhibitions at the Flatiron museum are "The Sex Lives of Animals" and "The Eve of Porn: Linda Lovelace," which features never-before-seen photos and artifacts.
Gluck was born in Briarwood, Queens. He has since lived in Long Island, Westchester, Manhattan and Brooklyn, but just moved into a three-bedroom downtown (that was recently turned from a rental into a condo) with his wife and three children.
1. What neighborhood do you live in?
2. Is this your dream neighborhood or is there someplace else in NYC you’d prefer to settle in?
It's definitely my dream neighborhood even if not the most affordable. I've lived here since 1998 with a brief break in between and came back.
3. Do you own or rent?
4. How’d you find it?
After looking for a solid year at every new listing, ultimately through a lead from our neighbors who mentioned a place two blocks away from where we lived that we had never seen.
5. What’s the one thing you love the most about it?
Primarily that my three kids don't all sleep in the same room any more. One actually has his own bedroom—a real luxury.
6. If there’s one thing you could change about your apartment, what would it be?
Nothing yet! Just moved in three weeks ago and still in the honeymoon phase. Give me a couple of months and I'll have something for you.
7. In three words, describe the first apartment you've ever lived in.
Dark, dull, affordable.
8. Do you prefer old NYC or this NYC?
Old NYC. in the mid/late '80s and '90s you had more interesting neighbors. Writers, musicians, teachers. Now it's more like the Hamptons, which are not my scene.
9. Tell us about the favorite apartment you’ve ever had.
Besides this one it was definitely my dumpy and overpriced 1/2-bedroom in the West Village on Bank Street. But I was living the dream...my bedroom in a West Village brownstone.
10. And the worst?
West 49th, Hell's Kitchen circa 1992. Bed bugs. Above a halal truck loading garage. Except for the bugs, I still liked it.
11. Name one NYC service you couldn’t live without.
12. What's your favorite spot in the city?
Almost impossible to pick one. Right now probably Gigino in Battery Park. Great food and wine and a field for the kids with a stupendous view of Lady Liberty and Ellis Island reminding you of the roots of the world's greatest city.
13. Which would you rather: Brooklyn brownstone or a penthouse in a shiny, new condo?
My wife Stephanie refers to Brooklyn as the better borough. We dated and were married there. And we are definitely Brooklyn souls but enjoy living in our new-construction apartment. So I'd be a hypocrite if I said the brownstone. but in the ideal world a Brooklyn brownstone with a full service doorman.
14. If you could live elsewhere, where would it be?
Amsterdam, my favorite. The canals. The culture. The design. The coffee shops. The people. Perfection.
15. Any advice for a recent New York transplant?
Have you been to the Museum of Sex?