11 Mar Rumble in the Jungle: Part-Time Boxer, Full-Time Cactus Fan Shows Us His New Digs
Healer, gourmand and world traveler, our friend Sam Gerson is a key member of our circle of fellow New York exiles, a design-minded group that arrived on these shores in search of sun and cycads.
Last fall he moved into a place by the water in Bird Rock. A few minutes down the street from our house, his third-floor digs are sprawling and sundrenched, with the sense you could walk through the front door and right into the blue horizon.
Plant-wise, Sam, an emergency-medicine physician, is bringing the desert to the beach. His collection includes some drought-resistant stunners like the stately Euphorbia ingens (with a multi-arm impact similar to the iconic saguaro cactus, but native to southern Africa), a cleverly potted aloe, and a couple of cheerful, globular cacti. Non-succulents include a tall tropical Dracaena marginata (Madigascar dragon tree) and some marbled devil’s ivy that frames his bookshelf of Junot Díaz, David Foster Wallace and George R. R. Martin titles.
In addition to his surf schedule, he recently started boxing in his off hours. Below, we catch up with Sam on the afternoon before his first big match. Over a skein of pre-fight milk, he introduces us to his plants, his Dominican-American cat (possibly with diplomatic immunity!), and his new beachside home.
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