Brooklyn-born Edward Tyler Nahem claims an impressive list of accolades that keep him at the top of the New York City’s elite. He is an avid art aficionado dealing in art, stage, and film alike. When he’s not moonlighting as producer to the Tony award-winning musical Fela!, about the Nigerian singer and activist Fela Kuti, or film documentaries like I Bring What I Love, about the Senegalese singer and activist Youssou N’Dour, he’s hard at work as an art dealer with a gallery on 57th Street specializing in 20th Century and contemporary art. Edward is also a self-certified die-hard Yankees fan, a surfer, a yogi, a vegetarian, and a philanthropist with his main focus on Africa.
Where were you born ?
The greatest borough in the world: Brooklyn
How long in New york:
After moving around to various parts of the world as both child and adult, I have been “back” in New York for 25 years.
Fifth Avenue in the 70’s. (The “Upper East Side” is too broad a brushstroke.)
Art dealer and producer
Il Buco, Café Boulud, Gotham, the bar at Gramercy Tavern, Mas, Waverly Inn
Sushi Yasuda, Nobu 57, downstairs at Hatsuhana, Gari
Best Ethnic Food:
Africa Restaurant in Harlem, Tamarind
Best place for late night dining:
Tartufo at Nick & Toni’s in East Hampton
Best place for a romantic date:
My place (just half-joking).
Best Sunday brunch:
Boom Boom Room
Best place for a power business meeting:
All-around favorite spot in New york:
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
Uptown: Carlysle, The Lowell, Four Seasons; Downtown: Standard, Mercer
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
New York City
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Not my bag
I prefer in-home treatments.
Favorite Charity Event:
Fresh Air Fund, Black Ball, Harlem Children's Zone Gala, Guggenheim Gala
Favorite Cultural Event:
Morgan Library, Brooklyn Museum, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The Apollo Theater
Favorite Cultural Institution:
BAM, MOMA, Guggenheim, Village Vanguard, Bowery Ballroom
Best Aspect of New york:
Pulse. Character. Color.
I haven’t eaten meat in 40 years, so I am totally unqualified to answer this.
Pulino’s (if you can handle the noise level)
Marea. Sant Ambroeus
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Central Park, Yoga Shanti (Sag Harbor), Exhale
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
Eddie at HP Limo
Picasso in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present @ MoMA, Matisse: Radical Invention at MoMA, William Kentridge: Five Themes @ MoMA, Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity, Haunted: Photography/Video/Performance Guggenheim Museum, Kandinsky @ Guggenheim Museum, etc. etc.
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Grand Central Station, Coney Island
Best Broadway show:
Fela!, now and forever