They met in 1999 at a musical-theater workshop and haven’t let go of each other since. Now the Oscar-winning “Let It Go” songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez are up for a Tony for their score for Disney’s “Frozen,” the musical. They live in Park Slope with daughters Annie and Katie, and Kristen, 46, has written a lyric or three on the subway between Brooklyn and Manhattan. “But it’s getting much harder,” she says. “There are fewer trains, and if you can’t get a seat, you can’t write.” Adds Robert, 43, with a laugh: “They probably don’t consider this when they’re making train schedules!” The couple tellsBARBARA HOFFMAN where you’ll find them on the weekend.
On Saturday mornings, Annie, who just turned 9, has to get to the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music for her piano lessons. We usually go to Café Regular, this absolutely charming coffee shop on Berkeley Place that reminds [Robert] of the Macdougal Street cafes.
Katie is 13 and an avid reader, so we’ll go to the Community Bookstore on Seventh Avenue. It’s like an old-fashioned hippie bookstore, with a really mean cat. There’s a great kids section that has a piano you can play, and a little garden where you can take a pile of books and kill an hour or two reading them, and then buy, like, three.
We wrote a lot of “Frozen” eating at the Bagel Hole — best bagels, best holes! It’s one of the last places where you can get authentic, old-world bagels. They’re really small but crisp on the outside and amazing on the inside. Plus, the place has the best egg salad! The line “We finish each other’s sandwiches” from [the “Frozen” song] “Love Is an Open Door” came when we were eating their sandwiches.
Our favorite pizza place is Angelo’s, right by the Q train. It’s got an old-school neon sign, and the pizza’s out of this world: It’s thin, and the cheese is supermelty. You get your soda out of a little fridge, and they’ve got the two-slices-and-a-soda special for $5.
After all those carbs, one of the things we swear by is Prospect Park. We walk in it, we have picnics in it, and there’s a 3.2-mile circle that at least once a weekend, if the weather’s nice, we all go out and bike. One of the things we love to do on a Sunday is bike half the circle and then go to Smorgasbord. All these vendors set up on top of this little hill that looks over the lake [and sell] bao buns, ramen burgers — all this weird amazing street food. Bring a blanket — the picnic tables get totally taken over by hipsters.