a bit about Alison
What do you do and why do you do it?
I work as a digital communications strategist for an international art fair, in addition to being a freelance writer and critic. What I love most about what I do is building relationships with emerging artists, understanding what inspires them, and watching their work and process evolve.
Were you born and raised in New York? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to New York?
I was born and raised in New York. My family has been here since arriving in America three generations ago. New York defines a major part of my identity, and it wasn't until I left for a year that I realized how deeply this city runs through me.
What’s your current hood in New York and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
I'm currently based in Bushwick, Brooklyn, a neighborhood with an incredible emerging art scene and diversity of residents. Like the rest of Brooklyn, Bushwick is facing a huge population displacement due to gentrification. The worst part is that the city does next to nothing to protect the rights of its long term residents.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
For a broken heart, Ella Fitzgerald and Édith Piaf are my company of choice.
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
I grew up on Friends; for me the show feels like home.
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
I don't need to see Trump "roasted", but I do need to see him out of office.
Who’s your hero and where in New York would you take them out for a serious hang?
Fran Lebowitz, my ultimate hero. I'm such a fan it's horrible. For dinner I would take her to B&H Dairy in the East Village, and then for a cigarette in Washington Square Park.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
For clothes, my go to is DUO NYC in the East Village. It was founded by two sisters who have the best eye, and I don't know any store that is as well curated, especially if you have an inclination towards minimalism.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Between 14th and 110th is for emergencies only.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Where do you go in New York for a casual night out?
Either Pilar Cuban Eatery in Bedford-Stuyvesant or Bunna Cafe in Bushwick. They both have incredible food, laid back atmospheres, and are a guaranteed good time.
Where would you go in New York to celebrate some freaking good news?
Sammy's Roumanian for meat, bottles of vodka, and nightmares that will never leave you.
What’s your choice of transportation in New York and why?
Walk as much as you can, take the subway as much as you can, take cars as sparingly as you can.
What are the New York spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Any place that takes you out of your comfort zone.
What are the New York spots tourists should run from screaming?
Any native New Yorker will tell you to avoid Midtown. Trust us.
Tomorrow’s your last day in New York. How do you spend it?
I would wake up early and head to Zucker Bakery to meet friends for coffee and alfajores. Afterwards I would head to some of my favorite LES galleries before heading over to Bushwick for studio visits. I would take the A out to Far Rockaway Beach, catch some waves until the sun set, and then head back to my rooftop with friends for the rest of the night and to watch the sun rise.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Rio de Janeiro. The city is filled with an energy unlike anywhere else in the world, and no one enjoys life as passionately as the city's residents do. An incredible art and cultural scene matched with some of the most insane beaches in the world, actual paradise.