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Inma, 39
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What are you working on these days?

I’m working on a series of break-up photos which will end up as an exhibition for a good friend’s first short movie. We’re creating imaginary situations, characters and reactions and I’m photographing those ‘fictional’ moments when someone leaves his lover/boyfriend. The funniest side of the project is that I pretend to be a heartbreaker gay guy who breaks up with all his partners!!

What drives you mad these days?

Humid heat in NY drives me crazy!! But I also complain when it’s too cold so I guess at the end of the day, I’m a big complainer weather wise.

What makes you happy?

Picking up a developed film at the photo store that turns out really good, watching an unexpected great movie by an unknown director, finding a new stem in any of my plants, meeting a friend that I haven’t seen in a while and confirming that we’re still interested in the same stuff, a challenging yoga class, a clearance sale at a book store, listening to an old record and feeling the same as the first time that it came my way, being involved in a creative project for the sake of joy, cooking a delicious meal when I’m not hungry and keep it in the fridge for later, walking down Clinton Hill tree-lined streets, a foot massage, the full moon.

When was the last time you cried?

When I heard that Prince was dead. I wasn’t a huge fan of him but something about his story really moved me.

What’s your latest musical obsession?

The Stooges.

What was the last movie you watched? Was it any good?

I saw The Lobster and it’s jaw dropping. I could probably watch it again next week. It’s a perfect blend of humor (pretty dark humor), surrealism, sharpness and visual beauty.

When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?

I try to buy at vintage or second hand stores like Beacon’s Closet, L Train Vintage (all over Brooklyn and also in the city), Cobblestone (East Village) or even Salvation Army. There are several cute stores on Franklin Ave in Greenpoint. My favorite one is probably People of 2morrow. When I have a higher budget, I love this excellent boutique, Bird, on Grand St in Williamsburg. I have to confess that from time to time I dive into Century 21 like a tourist trying to find a great deal. And I normally do!

What’s your go-to café in New-York City?

Since I have lived in many different neighborhoods in Brooklyn, I have at least one favorite café in each of them. Nowadays I live in Clinton Hill, so I usually go to Urban Cafe and Stonefruit Espresso + Kitchen.

What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through?

I love the Lower East Side in the city but since I’m a Brooklyn girl, I would say that Greenpoint is my favorite neighborhood. But if I’m looking for an older school vibe, certain areas of Bedstuy that keep unspoiled by the ferocious gentrification are the best. You can almost feel that you’re in a Spike Lee movie!

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in New-York City but never actually do?

Attending to art gallery openings

Who’s your hero (dead or alive) and where would you take them to show them a good time?

I would take Scott Walker to Hotel Delmano for a glass of white wine and some oysters. Since the first time I went into that place I thought of him (maybe because they play his music from time to time and never listen to it in any other place in the city), it’s an old hotel bar with a very decadent vibe, like those beautiful bohemian cafés in Porto or Barcelona. It’s a very European spot but with an undeniable American soul, just like him.

If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying in – where would you go?

To MoMA. I never have enough of that museum.

What’s that place in New-York City you feel like only you know about?

There is this little park in Greenpoint, right by the river, where you get the most astonishing views of the city. It’s called WNYC Transmitter Park and I go there when I feel overwhelmed, sad or confused. It’s having all the NY greatness in front of you but it can’t affect you. It’s like dreaming again of New York and all its possibilities, as if you never lived here. And I always fall in love again with the city.

If tomorrow was your last day in New-York City before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?

I’d probably visit the Metropolitan Museum and examine the amazing permanent collection that I never have time to see when I go for a temporary exhibition. I’d go to see a Broadway show since I haven’t gone yet and feel kind of embarrassed. It would be also OK to go to an off Broadway one. I’d have a delicious lobster roll at the Standard Hotel or a pizza at Kesté. Then I’d try to get into a secret wild party in Bushwick.

Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?

Red Hook

What’s the spot in New-York City you wouldn’t be caught dead in?

Macy’s, Bloomingdales or any of those big department stores. Neither at an Irish Tavern or a McDonalds.

You’ve just received the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?

I’d celebrate with a Spanish dinner and several bottles of wine at Bar Jamón. Then I’d go to dance to The Good Room until the early hours.

What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?

Watching people and making up their lives.

When you feel like a night out, what’s your go-to place and why?

The Good Room. It’s a club that I really like: music is normally great, people are fun -they dance!!! something that is not that usual in NY…)- and it closes late.

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