New York, United States
Alison, 30
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a bit about Alison

What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a producer in the broadcast entertainment industry. I've worked on many daytime talk shows and comedies on TV. I love to be creative and in control of many moving parts of something that is to be seen by millions the next day.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

I have had quite a few, but one in particular was a short-term role assisting a CEO of a large media company. I was in between jobs and it was highly demanding. I was always on someone else's time and schedule, and it was not rewarding at all.

Were you born and raised in New York? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to New York?

I am a west coast woman from Seattle/Los Angeles. I decided to move to New York as it was always a dream of mine to move out east. One morning, I woke up and thought to myself, "There's no better time than now."

What’s your current hood in New York and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

I recently moved to Bed-Stuy in Brooklyn. The best/worst thing about it is the constant change. It is a blessing and a curse with gentrification in NYC. What's beautiful about it is the history of its people, authenticity and character. Ain't no borough like Brooklyn.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I am all about the timeless sounds of many feel-good genres from the 70s-90s: R&B, house, tech-house, hip-hop, jazz, soft rock, electro, funk, pop and more. I also love wining to anything from Caribbean or African artists. I don't hate any specific genre of music but anything involving men screaming is probably my least favorite.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Right now? SZA's album, Ctrl.

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

Insecure, The Wire, Breaking Bad, Power, The Night Of and Degrassi: The Next Generation are among my favorites. I'm all about diversity and representing various communities in the media.

Name some spots in New York that are good for a Tinder date.

Extra Virgin, Blend on the Water, SPiN, Mets stadium...these spots are where all of my first real Tinder dates in NYC actually occurred! Cafe Mogador has a great vibe too.

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

Floyd Mayweather...

Who’s your hero and where in New York would you take them out for a serious hang?

My brother's ex-girlfriend. She lived in NYC for 10+ years but I'd take her to the newest live music joint.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I stumble upon random thrift shops in Brooklyn, smaller brands' sample sales in SoHo, and stores with very simple styles such as Uni Qlo, Nike and Gap.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

I was going to say certain clubs with bottle service around the Meatpacking District (but I'd be lying). Honestly, The Bronx because it's a trek from Brooklyn!

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Get lost in the public library or in Central Park.

Where do you go in New York for a casual night out?

Williamsburg, Bushwick, East Village or Chinatown.

Where would you go in New York to celebrate some freaking good news?

Somewhere with VIEWS of Manhattan! Maybe a hotel's rooftop such as Westlight at the William Vale Hotel. Or Brooklyn Barge, which has a stunning, up-close view of Manhattan right in front of you. It's a hidden outdoor bar sitting on a dock on the water.

What’s your choice of transportation in New York and why?

The MTA subway system, generally, even if it means being a sardine for 30 minutes. For days when I'm feeling active, biking.

What are the New York spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Being outside at Central Park.

What are the New York spots tourists should run from screaming?

Times Square or Rockefeller Center. Overrated and crowded! A quick sight and walk-through are enough. Then get the hell out of there!

Tomorrow’s your last day in New York. How do you spend it?

I would eat ALL of the DELICIOUS authentic Italian, Chinese and Latin food from the hole-in-the-wall spots!

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Anywhere in Hawaii. The fusion of cultures, local food, beaches and weather. What more could you ask for? Tokyo is amazing too as it is a completely different world with an outstanding culture.