Andrea Tese is a photographer, born and raised in Manhattan. As a kid, she called the Upper East Side home, but as an artist, it's only natural that she currently resides in Chelsea. Her work is often on display at De Buck Gallery (including a solo exhibit a few months back, titled "Inheritance") where she's represented, and her captivating photographs were most recently shown at the Pulse Contemporary Art Fair. Tese love to be outdoors and while she loves NYC, she loves to escape the city whenever possible – whether it's to fish, hunt, hike, surf, or snowboard.
What would the title of your autobiography be?
What can’t you travel without and why?
Hats. I’m the crazy person on the plane carrying a mess of massive hats. Anywhere I go, I intend to be doing something outside and I try to be good about staying out of the sun.
What’s your favorite travel destination?
I go to Colorado a lot. The Rocky Mountains are stunning and I love hiking all around them with my 4×5 camera.
What’s your favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon in NYC?
Sunday afternoons in the city are for meeting friends, eating, and drinking wine.
If you could choose one person to show you “their New York City,” who would it be?
I would love to see the New York City my paternal grandfather knew. He was a Sicilian immigrant in lower Manhattan. It would be amazing to see what he did and where he went for fun. The city was a completely different place back then.
What or who has inspired you recently?
Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia. The work he does for the environment and the social changes his company promotes inspire me to be involved in my own way. I can only dream of influencing as many people as he does.
What are your favorite NYC restaurants?
There are so many to choose from but Izakaya Ten is one of my favorite local spots. They have the best spicy chicken wings I’ve ever tasted. I also love to eat at Omen in Soho – their house pickles are amazing, and they have a great sake selection.
What is your favorite NYC brunch spot?
Brunch for me is going to La Bergamote to pick up chocolate croissants and coffee to take back to bed.
Where do you get your art fix in NYC, and do you have a favorite artist?
I live in Chelsea, so my entire neighborhood can be seen as one giant art fix. As for a favorite artist, I’m a big Edward Hopper fan.
What are some of your favorite late-night hangouts in NYC, and why?
I’m not much of a night owl, but if I do go out I’m usually with friends at The Electric Room.
What music are you listening to these days, and who are some of your favorite musicians?
I went to the Black Keys concert and it was amazing, but I like a bit of everything. Recently I find myself listening to the Alabama Shakes album “Boys & Girls” on repeat a lot.
When you think of NYC, are there any particular emotions or memories that immediately come to mind?
NYC is home. I was born here and grew up here. My family is here. My life is here. Every emotion comes to mind and there are too many memories to list. I’ve gone through everything in this city.