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a bit about Ereka
What do you do and why do you do it?
I am a Jewelry and Accessories Designer, Stylist, and Craft Engineer. I enjoy working with my hands and bringing something into the world that didn’t exist before. I aim to use recycled material or found objects as my little way of cleaning up the earth. Wearable and interactive art are my forte. I want art to be interactive rather than intangible to its audience. I also help coordinate underground parties in the city.
What TV show is a must watch?
Recently Westworld and Stranger Things. Addictive.
What’s the best karaoke song of all times?
Any MIA song.
Which movie have you watched more than 3 times?
How to Steal a Million by William Wyler. Favorite Audrey Hepburn movie.
Have you ever cried while reading a book? Which one?
Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs had me crying and laughing at the same time. Also Just Kids by Patty Smith.
Are you a planned or a spontaneous shopper? What’s your go-to store in New-York City?
Both. If I plan ahead I’ll go thrifting. Decent thrift is hard to find in the city. Any of the Shops on the L Train Vintage line. Or Beacons Closet and Buffalo Exchange.
What’s the one place in New-York City that you’re sure only you truly appreciate?
Strawberry Fields in Central park. I’m sure this has a deep place in the hearts of others but I spent a lot of time there my first years in the city. Also the willow tree and lake at the 103 AC stop of central park. Also ACME studio in Brooklyn is the most unique place I’ve ever been to.
What’s your dream job?
Designing and building window displays and styling music videos. Also tinkering in my studio and learning more about horticulture and plants.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
So far, Austin Texas. I haven’t found a more unique place. Every shop, home and store are different and personalized. They have a deep love for music in that city and it really shows. Also my hometown Miami.
Where do you go in New-York City if you have two hours to kill?
Honestly, a book store. If I’m close enough to Chelsea I’ll see some galleries. My best advice is if you have time always wonder around the city and get lost, that’s when you find all the best secrets.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in New-York City but never actually do?
Who’s your hero and where would you take them out for a bite or a drink in New-York City?
Tom Waits or Emma Watson. Not so much my heroes but definitely two people I would love to sit and talk to for a while. I would take them to the Narrows in Bushwick. It never gets crowded and the cocktails are good. Great place to talk. Also St Maisie’s in Williamsburg has great cocktails and live Jazz or Swing music almost every night.
If you were given a choice, mayor of which neighborhood in New-York City would you be?
In the city I’d go with Chinatown. In Brooklyn I’d take Bedstuy.
What’s the place in New-York City you’ll never be caught dead in?
I’d like to try everything!
Where do you and your drinking buddies meet for a casual night out in New-York City?
Skinny Dennis, Sugarburg, or Battery Harris in Williamsburg.
Where would you go in New-York City to celebrate the best news EVER!?
Black Flamingo anytime. Or On Top (tuesday nights) at Le Bain or Bossa Nova Civic Club for Bromo one Wednesday a month.
It’s a Saturday night and the mood is right – where do you go in New-York City to party?
Flash Factory has great DJs and an amazing sound and light system. The elusive Spectrum in Bushwick or Marcy Hotel in Williamsburg. Also Output or Panther Room (same club, different names). Or if you’re lucky, once a month a party called Holy Mountain comes to Slake in Midtown. Don’t miss it. And make sure to dress in theme.
It’s your last day in New-York City – how do you spend your time?
Errands, but after that trying to get drinks on a rooftop or finding a good party with friends. Never miss an opportunity to be on a rooftop in NY or Brooklyn.
What’s the one place a first-time visitor in New-York City can’t miss?
Vanessa’s Dumplings but specifically the one in east village.