New York, United States
Brandy, 35
Photographer & Chef
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I do a lot of traveling and do landscape photography as a hobby. I also love to cook and am a part-time chef.

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

I love listening to Acoustic and Classical music. It kind of soothes and stirs your emotions the same time. Listening to music and crying my heart out eases the pain. Sometimes i'd go for trance and house music just to have fun and forget about it. and you can never miss my 80's and 90's playlist.

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

New York is one big place. It could be anywhere, the sky is the limit i guess. It can be a Library, Museum, the best restaurants and roof deck bars. But i'd go for a picnic at the park, a broadway show or at a fine-ding restaurant. Or sitting by Brooklyn bridge park with a picnic basket a camera and a book. Or maybe going to a service at Hillsong NYC. The list are endless.

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

My mother is my hero, and I would definitely take her to dinner at Delmonico's located at the FiDi. This place has been here for a long time. Too many presidents have passed but this place is still standing.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I usually get my everyday clothes from Zara, Uniqlo, J. Crew and Superdry. I also fancy some Karl Lagerfeld, Colette, Givenchy, Hermes, Loewe and Balenciaga.

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

I'll never be caught dead in Times Square.

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

I would love to walk around the city and do some landscape photography. Grab some snacks and read a book in the park.

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in New York? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

Le Bernadin, is one of the few expensive restaurant I've been to in NYC. The chef's tasting menu costs more or less $400 with wine pairings.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

I believe New York is a very diverse place. You'll see and taste all kinds of cuisine from all over the world. There's no need to travel much, if I may say so. There's so many to point out, but I'd say ice cream and doughnuts.

What’s the one place you think is overrated in New York?

Time Square is one of the few...overrated and crowded places in New York City. Everyone is getting that same shot of the crossroad of the world. This place is literally packed...

What’s the one place you think is underrated in New York?

Queens...if you want to escape Manhattan's crazy world, just drive to one of other the boroughs of NYC. There are also parks and restaurants that can in someway somehow match what Manhattan has to offer. Don't forget the Rockaway beach.

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

You can not miss Central Park. And downtown Manhattan, there's a lot of hidden gems in the area.

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

You'll see me at Central Park relaxing, reading a book and snacking on some doughnuts and ice cream. Or watching another Broadway show. Besides, New York is where you can find Broadway.

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

If one does not live and work in Manhattan, I'd say it's my favorite place on earth. From the never ending list of great restaurants, hang-out place and activities are endless. Besides, it's the city that never sleeps.

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