Anthony Sosnick, the founder of Anthony Brands, is an amateur musician and an avid art collector. He can be found rowsing the art galleries in Chelsea, or jamming with friends in his Soho apartment, an art gallery in itself. When not playing the guitar or developing new products, he's working closely with the nonprofit Guitar Mash, that aims to connect New Yorkers through guitar.
What would the title of your autobiography be?
“I Did It My Way”
What can’t you travel without?
Whether I’m watching a movie on a plane, listening to music in a hotel room or just need to zone out and work, my Bose headphones are an essential part of my life.
What’s your favorite travel destination?
I’ve traveled all over the world and the one place I keep going back to time and time again is Malibu, California. I love the beaches there with the gorgeous mountains right behind you, and the food is amazing and fresh.
What’s your favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon in NYC?
Sundays are all about spending time with my twin boys. We love getting dim sum in Chinatown (Oriental Garden is our personal favorite) or catching a game at Madison Square Garden or Barclays Center.
If you could choose one person to show you “their New York City,” who would it be and why?
While I would love to meet Jay Z for many reasons (who wouldn’t?), I think he’d be able to show me a very special version of NYC – from his life-long favorites in Brooklyn to the new downtown hot spots.
What’s your go-to spot in NYC for drinks?
The Blind Tiger in the West Village, no question. They have great beers on tap.
Where do you get your art fix in NYC, and do you have a favorite artist?
I love going to Chelsea and walking up and down the 20’s and stopping into every gallery. The artists at the top of my list right now are Cy Twombly, Jackson Pollack, Andy Warhol and my long-time friend, Terry Winters.
What are some of your under the radar must-do recommendations for NYC visitors?
When friends that are new to NYC come to visit I love to take them on the Staten Island Ferry. The ride gives an amazing view of Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, etc. The best part? It’s free, and the entire ride is only an hour.
What are your favorite NYC stores?
Barney’s has the best selection of designers and my first choice when I need something new, not to mention the Fred’s restaurant there is one of the best lunch spots after a day of shopping uptown.
What music are you listening to these days?
I’ve been getting into Trombone Shorty and Jon Batiste’s band, Stay Human, lately. Jon is an awesome musician and so fun to see live.
When you think of NYC, are there any particular emotions or memories that immediately come to mind?
I’ll never forget the first time I came to NYC. I was around 10 years old, flying home with my family from vacation. Our plane was diverted to New York and we were stuck here for a day. I thought I was in a different world when I woke up. It was one of the most beautiful and magical places I had ever seen. I’m happy to say I often feel those same emotions when I walk out my front door.