ask Joseph about
Ice cream shop • dessert shop • history museums • parks • historic sites • architecture
a bit about Joseph
What do you do and why do you do it?
I'm an Educator at a New York History Museum - I like teaching people about history!
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
What are the best TV shows of all time?
The Wrong Mans, Recess (Cartoon), Frontline
Name some spots in New York that are good for a Tinder date.
Battery Park, the PIT, Gotham Girls Roller Derby, Prospect Park Bandshell (during a musical performance), the Chocolate Room
Who’s your hero and where in New York would you take them out for a serious hang?
I would take Malala Yousafzai to Greenwood Cemetery or Prospect Park because we'd have a very peaceful time. I think she'd appreciate a quiet outing (she probably spends a lot of time at the UN when she's here).
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
I go to thrift shops like Salvation army and Goodwill. Rich people also just leave their clothes outside their homes when they're done with them. These clothes are often in great condition, so I get a lot of new clothes for free.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Minimalist coffee shops
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
It's awesome to go to Battery park during a torrential downpour and play sports. My friends and I like to slide through the mud and see how far we can go. And then sometimes we'll slide through the mud and have someone else throw a frisbee, and see if the first person can catch it. It's especially fun in Battery Park because it's right next to the water.
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in New York and where did you get it?
I had a seven course meal in Chinatown for a Bar Mitzvah. I remember at least a few meals featured the head of an animal on the serving dish. The image of that meal stuck with me, but the exact name of the restaurant did not.
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in New York that you particularly like?
My friends like to go the the Coal Yard, which is a dark and friendly little place in East Village.
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?
I got the Salmon at the Mermaid Tavern for about $70. Just salmon. Even the lemons cost extra.
What restaurant in New York looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
Halal Food Carts - except I don't eat meat anymore.
Where can you get the best cocktail in New York? Which one do you like?
I like to go to Greenwood Park for the Old Fashioned.
Where would you take your partner in New York if you wanted to really pamper them?
I'd find her a massage parlor and then get a car to take her to get Pizza Plus then I'd get her another car to take her to Broadway or the Met for a show. In reality we'd probably just take the train though, because we don't mind.
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
I recommend finding an icee cart and getting the rainbow ice. It's a classic.
What’s the one place you think is overrated in New York?
Times Square - any city you go to will have a Madame Tussaud's and a Ripley's Believe it or Not.
What’s the one place you think is underrated in New York?
People have such different standards - but apparently people don't think much of the Brooklyn Cyclones (minor league baseball team). They're great.
What are the New York spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Take the Subway from place to place and go to Bush Terminal park. Try to visit four or five boroughs (even if you just take the Staten Island Ferry back and forth). You should probably visit public places like Grand Central Terminal and Central Park, because there's no line to enter and no admission to pay. And these places are really well designed.
Tomorrow’s your last day in New York. How do you spend it?
I guess I'd walk through every borough and see as much as I could. This would likely be my last chance to have really good pizza and bagels, so I'd take advantage of that too.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Hobart, Tasmania, because it feels peaceful and active. The people there mostly seemed friendly and happy to have me visit.