Living in New York City, I see celebrities fairly often.
Sometimes they are simply walking down the street in my neighborhood. Jerry Seinfeld, John McEnroe, and Kevin Bacon live within 2-3 blocks of me, so it’s not uncommon to see them with their kids.
Other times I see celebrities in the Times Square area in a bar or restaurant. I saw Daniel Radcliffe of “Harry Potter” fame get carded at a bar — by my friend Lucas, who was bartending — one of my favorite New York moments. And, of course, I have seen them from time to time when I do extra work on a movie or TV show.
But this week, I have discovered a new venue for celebrity sightings, and I wanted to pass this along to anyone coming to Manhattan for a visit.
A great place to see celebrities in NYC? The horse path in Central Park between 7-8am.
The past two mornings, the weather has been cool and brisk, and Rory Dog and I have been up early with all the other dogs and their people in the park. On Thursday morning, I saw a group of four runners go by, and one of them — I’m darn certain — was actor James McAvoy, who starred in “The Last King of Scotland,” “Atonement,” “Becoming Jane,” and “Wanted.”
I’m guessing the other runners were a combination of trainers/bodyguards in case a fan like me decided to take chase.
I don’t know that I would thought much about it except this morning, as Rory and I were walking along in the sunshine, I noticed another group of four runners similarly dressed coming towards me, and I wondered if it might be McAvoy again. But when I looked closer, I realized one of the runners was Adrien Brody, who won an Oscar for “The Piano.”
Maybe both actors are staying at the same hotel or working with the same gym; I don’t know. But they are sending the celeb’s out in the park on the Upper West Side for their early morning runs.
Just so you know. In case ya wanna take a gander.
That’s New York City. Always something to see.