The Caledonia has been lucky to have Frank Maxeiner with us since the day our building launched. Still going strong and just back from a vacation in Maine, Frank sat down with me for a Q&A about his life outside of 450 West 17th Street.

Lance: Please tell us about your background: where were you born and raised?

Frank: I was born at St Alban’s Naval Hospital, NYC and I was raised in Decatur, Illinois. My mother’s family is from New York and my father is from Illinois, which is why we went back. When I graduated from high school, I moved back to New York to go to Baruch and then John Jay for Criminal Justice.

Lance: What are some of your hobbies and passions?

Frank: I love cooking, video games, and golfing and I am passionate about baseball. My father played semi-pro so basically by the time I could walk, I was playing baseball. My team is the Cincinnati Reds because it’s my Dad’s favorite team. I took him to the all-star game last year. That was fun, a bucket list kind of thing.

Lance: Who do you think is going to win the next World Series?

Frank: I thought the Cubs looked good, but they’re starting to lose. But they looked good so if they stay healthy, I think they’ll win. Otherwise the Giants look good. The Nationals might do something too. I think the Nationals might get it this year, hopefully.

Lance: What are you really good at?

Frank: I am good at cooking. I was an only child and both my parents worked so I was usually the first one home and I was in charge of making dinner for the three of us. Plus my grandmother’s Italian so she taught me how to cook, and I have a friend who went to the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson and Wales so he taught me a lot. I worked in a restaurant and eventually was in charge of running the kitchen at a golf course.

I also have a very good memory. It’s almost photographic. If I see something or hear something, I’ll generally remember it. When I see a person for the first time here at The Caledonia, I’ll know them when I see them again. I still remember people from my first building ten years ago. Sometimes I will see them on the street and know who they are.

Lance: What are some of your favorite places to go and things to do in NYC?

Frank: I really like the Museum of Natural History, going to baseball games at Citi Field, and walking around the city.

Lance: What do you like most about being part of The Caledonia team and what is the most challenging part of your work?

Frank: I like being around the people in Caledonia including the residents and the staff. The changing of both the staff and the residents is the hardest thing to deal with.

Lance: What is something that residents of The Caledonia would be surprised to know about you?

Frank: I collect Monopoly games.  I have 77 unopened games. It started about 20 years ago when two people gave me the same game as a gift so I decided to keep one, then it became a collection and was always something easy for my cousins and aunts and uncles to give me as a present. They always got me Monopoly games and they still do.

Lance: Thank you so much, Frank! It’s nice to learn more about you.

Frank: Thank you, Lance.