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What do you do and why do you do it?
I am a dancer and a movement teacher (Yoga, Pilates, Acrobatics), and there is only one way possible to answer the 2nd part of this question: out of sheer necessity. Movement is an instrument of self-expression, a cathartic vessel of emotion, and a translator of the unspoken. As an artist, movement is my voice.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
London Grammar, Caetano Veloso and Chambao to cry for hours. Years & Years to get out of bed and aimlessly roam the house. Van She to start picking up the pieces. Chromeo for FULL RAGE "I'm getting me some sugar TONIGHT" mode!
What are the best TV shows of all time?
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, OITNB, Claws, High Maintenance, Harvard talks (all things Chomsky), all things Narcos/narco-related, comedy specials...
Name some spots in New York that are good for a Tinder date.
Dumbo Beach! Pick up some gourmet treats from the Deli a few blocks up, set the blanket and watch the sunset come down over the NYC skyline! | DTUT, in the UES, a cafe by day turned wine bar by night, with "Central Perk" style couches to get cozy on, and board games to help avoid the awkward silence!
Who’s your hero and where in New York would you take them out for a serious hang?
Tango, my childhood cat...He was smuggled on a transatlantic plane ride, and survived 12 falls from a 3rd floor balcony. For a SERIOUS cat hangout, I'd take him all around Central Park, "picnic & chill" at Sheep Meadow, climb Alice in Wonderland, take selfies with Balto, run around Bethesda Fountain, dance like a hippie at Strawberry Fields, watch Shakespeare In The Park in the Summer, and ice-skate in the Winter. TANGOOOOOOOO!
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
It is a mix of SoHo's vintage shops, the discounted brand tourist Mecca, Century 21 (downtown), and Urban Outfitters, which you can find all over town. Sometimes, if I'm in a rush, Nordstrom Rack and DSW (shoes) at Union Square. If you have a hefty budget, don't waste your time, and go straight to the boutique style shops in SoHo.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught deadin?
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that younever get to do?
Sleep! It is true what they say: this City NEVER sleeps! There's always a horn being honked, a bus's door beeping, someone screaming, non-stop construction...
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in New York and where did you getit?
Live octopus, in Flushing, Queens. Don't. However, do go to Flushing Queens, where a melting pot of ethnicities converges, serving the best of each culture in a traditional, relaxed, "street meat" resembling, affordable setting!
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in New York that you particularly like?
Cafe Jax, in the UES. A nice, warm & fuzzy cafe, perfect to study, develop projects, read a book, think...
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 might not be the best one to speak about prices, for I have been taken to many expensive places, but never glanced at the bill! A place I enjoy is Robert Restaurant, atop the Museum of Arts & Design at Columbus Circle. It serves up fancy American cuisine, while overlooking Central Park, the Jazz hall at Lincoln Center, and C.C.'s fancy shops. Brunch is a delight, and if you prefer a quieter, sleeker, sophisticated bar scene, there's a live band at night, playing elevator music and smooth jazz tunes! Expect to pay about $150 for a meal and drinks for 2 people.
What restaurant in NewYork looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
The Yakitori spots at Saint Marks! Traditional Japanese tapas restaurants with a NY flare, these places are loud, small and dungeon like, seemingly dirty, and often crowded, but the food is delicious!
Where can you get the best cocktail in New York? Which one do you like?
I hear the Blue Lemon Drop, at the Auction House, in the UES, is exquisite, but this bar's decoration aloneis worth the trip!
Where would you take your partner in New York if you wanted toreally pamper them?
Shibui Spa at the Greenwich Hotel followed by sushi at Shuko!
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
All sorts of flavored M&M's at the M&M store, from raspberry to salted caramel, cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery, which is a cliché for a reason, and chocolate pizza at Max Brenner!
What’s the one place you think is overrated in New York?
Tao Restaurant (Uptown). It's big and noisy, and feels more like a restaurant chain than a one of a kind experience. The food is nice, but overpriced for what it is. Try Marimoto, instead!
What’s the one place you think is underrated in New York?
It's not a place, but rather a type of food I believe tourists don't often try, which is deliciously authentic in NYC: Dominican food! If you've never tried Mofongo, visit La Casa Del Mofongo up in the Bronx, and go with a shrimp Mofongo. The plantain base is made fresh, and the shrimp stew is popping with flavor!
What are the New York spots a first-timevisitor can’t miss?
The view atop Rockefeller Center, which overlooks Central Park's lush greens in the Summer, and snow covered everything, in the Winter! One World Tower and the 9/11 Memorial followed by luxury shopping at Brookfield Place, and the restaurants facing the marina, in Tribeca, before hoping on a sunset cruise around the Statue of Liberty! A walk through the highline, a visit to the Whitney, a bike ride down Hudson River Parkway, an outdoor movie at Washington Square Park, and falling in love at a rooftop party!
Tomorrow’s your last day in New York. How do you spend it?
One final visit to the Guggenheim, a bike ride through Central Park, Sarabeth's crab guacamole & plantains, Japanese desserts at The SPOT, a dance performance at BAM, or the Joyce, toping it off with an electro-pop concert at Terminal 5, and salsa dancing at Bryant Park, all of this in the company of the amazingly progressive friends one can only make in a City which harbors over 140 nationalities/cultures/ethnicities!
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Lisbon, in Portugal, for it's authenticity, delicious food, and ocean access. But I am bias, as this is the Capital of my native country. Cape Town, in South Africa, is the perfect combination of sophisticated city life and natural wonders. Melbourne, in Australia, for its original architecture,and welcoming people. So many!