ask Hannah about
street art • music venues • rooftop bar • dance bars • viewpoints • gym • comedy clubs
a bit about Hannah
What do you do and why do you do it?
WHAT: I am a Content Creator for the NBA and play pickup basketball almost everyday after work (ball is life). I am the oldest of 5 girls (pride and prejudice swag). I play the saxophone and absolutely love jamming (yes, I've played Careless Whisper many a time). I love going out dancing and seeing live music (I milly rock on all of the blocks). I’m always down to go on an adventure and try something new. I'm addicted to smoothies and a sucker for street art. WHY: Cause my life is dope and I do dope sh*t
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
I worked for a "futuristic digital shoe" company called ShiftWear whose product didn't actually exist. I was fired three days into the job for asking too many questions.
Were you born and raised in New-York City? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to New-York City?
No - I was born in Santa Barbara, California. My family moved to Manhattan when I was two and I lived there for four years. I have memories of Central Park, our apartment, and everything generally being a lot bigger than it actually is (I was in preschool). We moved to Ipswich, Massachusetts - a small suburban town on the ocean 30 minutes north of Boston where my parents are from - and that's where I grew up. I went to Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, and found myself back in Manhattan when I interned for the Today Show my junior year. Once I graduated, I moved to Harlem for work and have been in the city ever since!
What’s your current hood in New-York City and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
I’d say Harlem and Washington Heights are my spots. Best thing about it: the music, the soul food, the bodegas! There’s always someone hooping. Most of my friends live here. It’s a nice escape from the hustle & bustle of downtown. Worst thing about it: Catcalling. Williamsburg is a big go to spot for me. I spend a great deal of time going out and going on adventures with friends in Brooklyn but cannot say it feels like my hood. Excited to spend more time there this summer!
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
I listen to R&B, hip hop, soul, funk, jazz, electronic, raggae, trap, drum & bass, punk… love sharing and discovering new music! Also always down to jam. I HATE country.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Blessings (ft. Ty Dolla Sign, Raury, BJ the Chicago Kid, Anderson .Paak) - Chance the Rapper Jeremiah (ft. Eric Ingram) - BJ the Chicago Kid Untitled - D’Angelo Nakamarra (ft. Q-Tip) - Haitus Kaiyote Life is Better (ft. Norah Jones) - Q-Tip What’s Going On - Marvin Gaye Ordinary People - John Legend Like the Piano - Sampha Caretaker (ft. SZA) - D.R.A.M. Be Alright (Nicolay’s Easybreezy Sunday Afternoon Remix) - The Foreign Exchange Wait for the Moment - Vulfpeck Feels - Giraffage Ocean - John Butler If it gets to this point, What is Love - Haddaway on repeat… JK (but maybe not... weird things happen when your heart breaks)
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
Black Mirror & Planet Earth… they both BLOW my mind! Black Mirror perfectly illustrates the uneasiness the future holds w/ our rapid changes in technology and social media. Some shows are so thought provoking, they could easily be lengthened to full movies. Very suspenseful, very well done. You’ll be thinking about the episodes for days… there’s nothing like it. Planet Earth’s cinematography and breathtaking footage captures how magnificent our world truly is and does a beautiful job of illustrating the unique storylines of each organism it features. Who doesn’t like listening to David Attenborough while watching cute baby turtles!
Name some spots in New-York City that are good for a Tinder date.
I like adventure dates. ESPECIALLY for first dates - it's a great, inexpensive way to get to know someone and whether you're enjoying your time with said tinder buddy or not, at least you're already doing something cool! Going to see a show and dancing at Brooklyn Bowl, roller skating at Prospect Park, biking through Central Park and having a picnic, checking out the street art of Bushwick Collective then splitting a delicious pizza at Union Pizza Works, playing basketball anywhere… just a few examples of my ideal date
Who’s your hero and where in New-York City would you take them out for a serious hang?
My dad is my hero. We would go on a bike ride at Exchange Place with a beautiful view of the New York skyline, take the path back into the city and play football catch or volleyball at Hudson River Park near Pier 25, then grab dinner at Jacob’s Pickles and catch a movie!
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Online. I'm low key an incredible online shopper.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Times Square - DEFINITELY worth seeing but once you're living in New York and know the deal, DEFINITELY worth avoiding
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
I play the saxophone and have been jamming a lot in the city but LOVE and miss performing. A big goal of mine is to not just be a concert goer but be a performer and get involved in the absurdly large/talented/somewhat intimidating music scene that is New York. Never want to leave myself wondering “what if”...
Where do you go in New-York City for a casual night out?
Brooklyn Bowl, Royal Palms, Upright Citizens Brigade, Hudson River Park free movie screenings… check out their free events at https://www.hudsonriverpark.org/events/upcoming
Where would you go in New-York City to celebrate some freaking good news?
Brooklyn Bowl, Union Pools, The Woods, Westlight, or wherever there might be a Quiet Clubbing event - go check them out at https://quietevents.com/events/
What’s your choice of transportation in New-York City and why?
Subway - most efficient, least expensive, endless unexpected entertainment
What are the New-York City spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Bushwick Collective, Brooklyn Bowl, Bike Ride from Exchange Place in NJ of NYC skyline, Top of the Rock for best rooftop view of NYC… if you play basketball, let's talk! Brooklyn Bridge Basketball Courts and the Hudson River Pier courts are two of my favorites. Checkout all of the best/most iconic courts on my map!
What are the New-York City spots tourists should run from screaming?
Nothing - if you run from anything screaming, everyone will know you're a tourist. Try to come up with the most absurd scenario possible and chances are New Yorkers have seen it. Don't be afraid of the subway!!! It's the most efficient and least expensive way to get around New York and it's where you get the most unexpected forms of entertainment. Download the app “NYC Subway” - that will help BIG TIME. Super late at night when trains start running local and only come every 20 minutes or so, Lyft & Uber are the way to go if you're not willing to wait it out.
Tomorrow’s your last day in New-York City. How do you spend it?
pickup basketball, jamming, dancing, watching the sunset & sippin on a smoothie… not necessarily in that order…. The most important factor is that I’ll spend it with my friends
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
St. John's Virgin Islands - gorgeous views, beaches, water, snorkeling, hiking, and a laid back, generous way of life. I have family here too which is a game changer… knowing a local and having a connection when you travel makes all of the difference.