Josh Rosen is one of the co-founders of the clothing brand and surf shop Saturdays Surf NYC, and lives on Orchard Street above Delancey in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He refers to himself as a "perpetual child," and spends most of his free time escaping the city to shop at antique shops and garage sales, surf, snowboard, and jump off of stuff.
What would the title of your autobiography be?
“Born To Ride: The Story of Joshua Zundel Rosen”
What can’t you travel without?
I always bring a book, but never read it. I’m a big sleeper, and I usually take a Xanax and fade in and out of movies until I arrive. I’ve been really into sweat suits on the plane lately.
What’s your favorite travel destination?
Pretty much anywhere, I try and get out of the city every weekend. Special places that are further away are great but I’m always thinking about the fact that the trip will end soon. I love upstate lately. Getting deeper into the vibe up there, exploring. Once I’m back I can just be excited about the following weekend.
If you could choose one person to show you “their New York City,” who would it be?
My friend Jeremy Schaller is really good at it. He was born and raised on the Upper East Side and knows a ton of random shit about every block in the city.
Who has inspired you recently?
I like what the new pope is up to. I’m Atheist so it’s weird to be into a religious figure, but he’s got an “it’s all about love” vibe that I like.
What are your favorite NYC restaurants?
Peter Luger for steak, Corner Bistro for a burger, and The Randolph for a whiskey.
What’s your go-to spot in NYC for drinks?
What’s your favorite NYC brunch spot?
Schiller’s, for a short wait and good food.
What’s an under the radar must-do recommendation for NYC visitors?
Take the Staten Island Ferry. It’s free and you get an amazing view of the city.
What are some of your favorite NYC stores?
I love Bob Melet’s Melet Mercantile showroom. It’s a magical place. Get a ton of money together and make an appointment.
What music are you listening to these days, and who are some of your favorite musicians?
I like Future Islands, Willie Nelson, and Elvis. I’m a big fan of the DJ group Chances with Wolves.
What album or song would you consider your personal soundtrack to NYC?
The latest Future Islands album keeps me smiling in the streets.
When you think of NYC, what comes to mind?
The smell of roasting nuts. Dive bars before they get crowded and have that stringent smell of sadness. Subway platforms. Forgetting I’m driving through a Hassidic area, and then realizing it and trying to understand but never for one second actually understanding.