Dad’s Day—His Way

From brunches to BBQs, these local dads tell us their favorite ways to celebrate Father’s Day.

“My perfect Father’s Day is having brunch and great conversation with as many of my kids as possible. Unfortunately, with three of the four in California, that isn’t always easy.”
—Dentist Ed Zuckerberg of Ardsley, father of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and three daughters



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“My boys and I have a tradition of spending Father’s Day in Manhattan. We usually take the train in, have burgers and fries in or near Grand Central, and then take in various touristy sites—the Museum of Natural History, FAO Schwarz, Central Park, the Empire State Building, and so forth. In the same way that little children sometimes have more fun with a box and wrapping paper than with the gift inside, my sons often enjoy subway rides more than any of our destinations.”
—New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, father of Jeremy, 7, and Owen, 5

“I love Father’s Day because it is the one day every year I get to sleep in with no guilt and no questions asked! My wife, Janna, and the kids make me a special breakfast—often spilled in bed. And the day usually turns into a double celebration because my daughter Lily’s birthday is always on or near Father’s Day. We feast on my homemade barbecue ribs for dinner because that is Lily’s favorite meal—and mine.”
—News 12 Westchester anchor and reporter Brian Conybeare of Eastchester, father of Will, 9, Lily, 7, Dylan, 4, and Jilllian, 2

“My favorite things in life are to play soccer or basketball, and sit at Caffelatte in Dobbs Ferry, sipping a cappuccino and reading. Of course, all of these are mutually exclusive. So, I do what all good fathers do—I compromise and capitulate. This means eating a well-intentioned breakfast in bed, seeing Shrek 5—or 6 or 7—cleaning up dog poop, and eating a nice, fat steak. All in all, still a great day!”
—Dobbs Ferry’s Jace Alexander TV pilot director and dad to Isabelle Moon, 11, and twins Mac and Finn, 7

“My ideal day? A cheddar-and-green-salsa omelet, a leisurely walk with the dog, a Yankee game, maybe—and a notarized letter from each of the kids verifying that I haven’t screwed them up in life!”
—Author Andrew Gross of Purchase, father of Kristen, 27, Matthew, 26, and Nicholas, 23

“My wife, Laurel, and my son, Michael, usually take me to a quiet dinner in town. I make sure to call my 97-year-old father, Lewis, who lives in West Virginia. He’s also a basketball coach and someone I learned a lot from.”
—Knicks Head Coach Mike D’Antoni of Rye, father of Michael, 16

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