What would the title of your auto-biography be?
You CAN Fool All of the People All of the Time
What can’t you travel without and why?
My Mandarina Duck luggage. I have a burnt orange carry-on with matching laptop case, and a wine colored check-in suitcase. I love the colors they make.
Where is your favorite travel destination?
I’ve never been much of a beach person, but I really loved my weekend in Tulum this summer. It still has a fairly rustic feel, and hasn’t yet been overrun by shitty developments and all-inclusive megaresorts. That, or I could just spend a whole summer eating my way through Spain.
If you could choose one person to show you “their New York City”, who would it be and why?
Jay-Z and Woody Allen on consecutive days. Can’t think of two people who are more New York than they are, yet are so completely different.
What or who has inspired you recently and why?
Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks… For not backing down from the evil Miami Heat, and silencing all the naysayers by winning an NBA championship this year.
Besides the Grand Hotels? I like Angel's Share in the East Village. It's an intimate, quiet cocktail bar on the 2nd floor, attached to a Japanese izakaya.
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
Love the dioramas and the gigantic hanging whale.
Seven New York for cutting-edge fashion; 10 Ft. Single by Stella Dallas for vintage. It's a Japanese-curated vintage store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn that has a great selection of kooky prints, workwear, and whatever else is trendy that season. They also have a homewares store next-door with curtains, tablecloths, fabrics, and other little knick-knacks.
MUST DO NYC RECOMMENDATION
FOOD TOUR OF THE 7 LINE
It rambles through dozens of ethnic neighborhoods in Queens. You can stop off anywhere and snack on super-authentic Thai, Indian, Filipino, Colombian, Peruvian, and end up in Flushing for some of the best Chinese and Korean food on the East Coast. It really encapsulates the multi-culturalness of New York in one easy train ride - and all it will cost you is a Metrocard day-pass.