Today I’m debuting what I hope will be a regular feature: Date This Green Guy, where I highlight eligible bachelors who will cook you a farmer’s market dinner … and compost the scraps too. I may be taken, but that doesn’t mean I don’t recognize a gem when I see one!
Avi Amon is a musician with several musical credits under his belt, a graduate degree from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a regular gig playing piano in the NYC band Pictures of the Sun. He’s even appeared on NBC’s “The Sing-Off.”
When Avi is not doodling away at the piano, you’ll probably find him digging around in the garden, leaving cabinets open in the kitchen, cruising through Brooklyn on his bike, or experimenting with his facial hair. (Seriously, he never looks the same.) His day job is curating music, theater, and visual arts events at the JCC Manhattan. (Didn’t your mom always say she wants you to meet a nice jewish boy?)
Let’s think about this for a second, ladies. A guy who is creative, soulful, and has spent years honing his manual dexterity on the piano. But if that’s not enough to convince you, read my interview with him on his sustainable cred, what he looks for in a girlfriend, and what your life would be like if you two got together. (Bonus, he has a sense of humor, as you’ll see.)
What are your eco credentials?
I compost and recycle like a boss, and I’m a member of the Park Slope Food Co-Op (though, admittedly, I’m a bit behind on my shift situation). I ride my bike whenever possible, frequently experiment with vegetarianism, and have started pickling in a very serious way. Also, paper towels and water bottles are totally evil/unnecessary and I don’t believe in air conditioning. Not all at once ladies, please.
What kind of traits do you look for in a potential girlfriend?
I only have four requirements:
1. She has interests. Literally anything, I don’t care. As long as you are into something and can speak about it passionately, I’m into it, too.
2. She reads the news and real-person books.
3. She’s not mean unless it’s funny to be mean in that specific moment. [Editor’s note: What?]
4. She doesn’t say “that’s so random” or “cool beans” under any circumstance. [Editor’s note: Hahahah, yes.]
What’s your ideal first date?
Basically anything that has to do with Prospect Park.
You can hear Avi’s piano playing in this song by his band.
What’s your favorite restaurant in New York?
Hanco’s Vietnamese Sandwich and Bubble Tea on 7th ave in Park Slope. I know, right?
What’s a typical day in the life of Avi?
Well, I have two types of typical days: Work days and a non-work days. But each has some combination of the following: Writing music, rehearsals, gigs, going to my full-time job, recording, pumping all the iron, cooking, friendship, plant care, and getting lost on the internet. I usually go to bed around 3 and wake up at 9 or 9:30–the creative juices flow much more freely after 11 p.m.
What’s your biggest deal breaker?
If a girl doesn’t like olives, it’s pretty much over.
Describe your style.
Distressed French Boho. Just kidding. Is this clothing style or general aesthetic? I shop at thrift stores and Uniqlo, get almost everything tailored, and have a very strict one-in-one-out policy for my wardrobe. My apartment is a mix of old and new finds–and covered with plant life.
Where do you go when you go out at night?
It’s always best to stay in Brooklyn, but I guess I really go everywhere. And in general, I prefer rooftops and porches to bars and restaurants.
What’s your most endearing quirk?
I talk in my sleep. A lot. Is that endearing or just weird?
What’s your biggest guilty, non-sustainable pleasure?
I think the Big Mac is, objectively speaking, one of the best creations of all time. [Editor’s note: REALLY?]
Where’s the last place you traveled?
My father and I backpacked through the Presidential Mountain range up in New Hampshire recently. It was absolutely incredible–and just the right amount of treacherous.