Am a big fan of Randy Newman, John Lennon, old Springsteen, Lou Reed, Kate Bush, also Britpop bands of the 90s such as Suede, Verve, Pulp.
Like to read poetry -- especially if it's NYC-related.
Films: Animal House, Serpico, French Connection, Tommy (the Who), Blues Brothers, Taking of Pelham 1-2-3, film noir, documentaries....
the New York Times -- the front section especially
*music* -- such as 90s "alternative rock"....
Bic ballpoint pens, paper to write on