a bit about Beverly
What do you do and why do you do it?
I write about music: Interviews with musicians, reviews of albums, profiles on bands and solo artists, reporting on music scenes and live concert events, etc. It doesn't pay very well, but it's the only thing I've ever been good at.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
I worked in a deli for a little while in college. The repetitive movements left me with a knot between my shoulders every day that was so bad it would make me cry. Sorry my story is not funny. This was supposed to be funny, right?
Were you born and raised in New York? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to New York?
I mostly grew up in Florida, but I was born in Pennsylvania. I've lived in a lot of places, including Las Vegas and Atlanta. I moved to the city to try to change careers. It didn't work out, so I'm still writing about music seven years later.
What’s your current hood in New York and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
I live in South Williamsburg/Los Sures. The best thing about it is what a proud, close knit and genuine community it is. The worst part is longtime residents and businesses being forced out by gentrification. It's hard to watch, especially since I know I'm part of the problem.
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
Loud music with guitars is the central preoccupation of my life. I also love hip hop. Really, I like all kinds of music. I'm always getting into something new (to me) and expanding my horizons. I have dancehall and reggae albums in my record collection and they're sitting next to metal, noise pop, hardcore punk, regular punk, experimental electronic stuff, salsa, cumbia, disco, blues, folk, and this one really beautiful recording of a Buddhist exorcism ritual. Ed Sheeran sucks.
Name some spots in New York that are good for a Tinder date.
I'm in a relationship and haven't been on a dating type date in a very long time, but Burp Castle seems like a good bet. It's a monastery themed beer bar. The rule is that you have to talk quietly, which means you can always have a nice conversation without having to yell. And the tables are tiny, so it's very intimate. It's also a great way to find out really fast if your date knows how to act. I might take someone to Lederhosen in Chelsea too, just to find out if they have a sense of humor. If things go well, maybe we can go dancing at Acme later.
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
Terry Richardson ... if by "roasted" you mean "set on fire."
Who’s your hero and where in New York would you take them out for a serious hang?
Rihanna's pretty heroic. I'd take her to Decibel for some fancy sake and Japanese snacks. I hope she likes sake.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Every now and then, I roll up my sleeves and dig through the clothing racks at Junk on Driggs in Williamsburg. For every 30 pairs of stained slacks with the top button missing, there is one gorgeous vintage dress in perfect condition for $15.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
I avoid Bedford Avenue if I possibly can.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
I love Rockaway Beach, but it's so far on the train.
Where do you go in New York for a casual night out?
Trophy Bar. I'm addicted to their cheeseburgers. I will bet you a cheeseburger that it's the best cheeseburger you have ever had.
Where would you go in New York to celebrate some freaking good news?
Testo. It's this really nice, chill little Italian place in Bushwick with fresh pasta. If you seem like good people, they might bring you a shot of grapefruit liquor with the check. (Cash only.)
What’s your choice of transportation in New York and why?
Walking is free.
What are the New York spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
You gotta see the High Line and you have to get a real New York slice. Joe's Pizza will do. And if you don't go to Brooklyn, you didn't go to New York. Everything else really depends on your personal preferences. If you like to read at all, you should probably check out The Strand.
What are the New York spots tourists should run from screaming?
Don't even think about going to the chain stores in SoHo. It's the same stores that are at the mall wherever you live, only more crowded, with ruder people, more picked over, and more expensive.
Tomorrow’s your last day in New York. How do you spend it?
You will find me drinking beer outside in one of Brooklyn's many fine bars that have backyards. If it's sunny, I might go to the Williamsburg waterfront and stare at Manhattan for a while or just walk around my neighborhood and soak up the vibes.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Hanoi. It's so rock 'n' roll. Good coffee, really cool kids, pho for breakfast, live eels at the mall, and motorbikes! And the fresh bia hơi is the most delicious beer you have tasted. Yes, fresh beer. It's a whole thing.