On “Orange Is the New Black,” Natalie “Fig” Figueroa is a rough, nasty jail warden — the antithesis, it appears, of Alysia Reiner, the book-loving, ecologically minded New York mother who performs her. Now 49, she lives in Harlem with her actor husband, David Alan Basche, and their daughter, Livia, 9, with whom she simply constructed a fairy home. “It’s type of like a dollhouse, however you place it within the again yard and it welcomes the fairies,” Reiner tells The Put up’s ERIC HEGEDÜS. Right here’s the place you’ll discover her on the weekends.
We’ve been in Harlem since 2004. We’ve a brownstone that was a “crack home” — no home windows, no doorways, no plumbing, no roof. It took a 12 months and a half to renovate [and] it’s my Barbie dream home. My supercrafty husband simply constructed a treehouse with my daughter within the yard.
We dwell proper close to Marcus Garvey Park. I’ve such love for it as a result of my daughter grew up going there. We’ve picnics there, she realized the way to trip her bike there, we sled there. Yearly for Halloween they’ve an enormous parade across the park. They’ve these minilibraries, type of like birdhouses and other people put a e book in and take a e book out. They’ve sprinklers — I’ve so many recollections of my daughter within the sprinklers there when she was little.
My daughter is superphysical. We go to this place referred to as Circus Warehouse in Queens virtually each weekend. She loves the flying trapeze, however they’ve silks and every thing. I’ve video of me on the flying trapeze. I’m the woman who jumps out of planes and is not scared. I imply, I’m, however I get slightly excessive off of worry.
I’m an enormous bookstore fan and I’ll go all the way down to the Strand and simply wander. Once I was a child, my favourite bookstore was Shakespeare and Firm. I simply learn that it is coming again and I’m over the moon!
I like discovering new areas of town that I don’t normally spend time in. There’s slightly mezcal bar referred to as Claro in Brooklyn and so they have this unbelievable choice. I’m very into sustainability; they’re as natural as doable and all native. Mezcal is a model of tequila I’ve gotten into as a result of they are saying it’s superhealthy and doesn’t offer you as a lot of a hangover.
I’m an enormous ice-cream fan. My favourite Harlem ice-cream place is Sugar Hill Creamery, which I really feel like I don’t need to inform you as a result of I don’t need there to be strains and features and features. It’s all do-it-yourself. Their vegan chocolate sorbet is one of the best factor I’ve ever eaten in my life, however then they make these uncommon flavors like sweet-pea-and-strawberry. Oh, my God … Know what else I like? While you ask for a style, they do it with a steel spoon in order that they don’t waste plastic.