Feelin’ Groovy in The New York Times Magazine

I had so much fun with writer Sam Anderson while he was working on his profile of me for The New York Times Magazine.

The following passage, in particular, made me smile — and I thought I would reshare the little video that Sam refers to in his piece:

The town car crawled toward a shabby metal hulk spanning the East River.

‘Wow!’ Steves said. ‘Is that the Brooklyn Bridge?’

It was almost the opposite of the Brooklyn Bridge. The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most recognizable structures in the world: a stretched stone cathedral. This was its unloved upriver cousin, a tangle of discolored metal, vibrating with cars, perpetually under construction. The driver told Steves that it was the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge — or, as most New Yorkers still thought of it, the 59th Street Bridge.

This revelation only increased Steves’s wonder.

‘The 59th Street Bridge!’ he said. ‘That’s one of my favorite songs!’

With buoyant enthusiasm, Steves started to sing Simon and Garfunkel’s classic 1966 tune ‘The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy).’

‘Slow down, you move too fast,’ he sang. ‘You got to make the mornin’ last — just — kickin’ down the cobblestones. … ‘

The car hit traffic and lurched to a stop. Steves paused to scan the street outside. ‘Where are the cobblestones?’ he asked. Then he refocused. He finished the song with a flourish: ‘Lookin’ for fun and feelin’ — GROOOVYYYYYY!’

There was a silence in the car.

‘Can you imagine those two guys walking around right here?’ Steves said. ‘Just feeling groovy? Gosh, that’s cool.’

Steves pulled out his phone and, for his online fans, recorded a video of himself singing ‘The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy).’

‘It’s fun to be in New York City,’ he signed off. ‘Happy travels!’

There was another silence in the car, this one longer.

‘You know,’ the driver said finally, ‘you’re not very different than you are on your show.’

You can find Sam’s full story here.

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