a bit about Moran
What do you do and why do you do it?
I'm a photography student at Parsons University. Photography has always been my passion and my favourite way of artistic expression. I'm also a competitive Crossffiter and try to combine both in a very busy and hectic schedule. Typically you would find me doing one of those things or skateboarding around the city, taking pictures with my old analog 35 mm camera. When I do find free time I hangout with my friends at some of my favourite spots.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Chris Isaak - Wicked game , and a lot of old school R&B. Usually accompanied by a pint of Ice cream.
What are the best TV shows of all time?
I will always have a weak spot for FRIENDS. And for 90’s sitcoms in general. Some of my other favourites are : PLEASE LIKE ME, THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF, HOW IT’S MADE, PINKY AND THE BRAIN.
Name some spots in New York that are good for a Tinder date.
Union Pool - It's a dynamic bar in Williamsburg where you can either have a drink at bar, a quite conversation in the backyard or grab a Taco from the truck that's parked there. A perfect place for a first Tinder date. If you or your date are more of a playful type you can always meet up at the BARCADE. Arcade games, cheap beer, chill music. Where you can set the tone for your date.
Who’s your hero and where in New York would you take them out for a serious hang?
My hero is Photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto. Whom is a contemporary Japanese-born American photographer. I would take him to the Brooklyn Bridge to hangout and talk about things we both see beauty in.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
ID Menswear - Brooklyn. And like a real American I also like to order cloths online from places like : Urban outfitters (for the basic things) , Wildfang and Zumiez.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Time Square, any fast food chain or Equinox.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Go to the movies or Broadway shows.
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in New York and where did you get it?
Uni - Sea urchin. I had it in a couple of different forms in one of my favourite restaurants in the East Village called Soba-Ya.
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in New York that you particularly like?
Okonomi - Williamsburg. A small Japanese restaurant that's open a few hours a day, has a changing menu based on seasonal ingredients. At evening time the place changes it's name to Yuji ramen. And it's also worth the visit.
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?
Maison Premiere. I got ALL the oysters and paid a nice price of 200$
What restaurant in New York looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
Nam Nam - a Vietnamis place that specialises in sandwiches.
Where can you get the best cocktail in New York? Which one do you like?
Maison Premiere - Moscow Mule. Oyster House and Cocktails in the heart of Williamsburg. They have a special list of absinthe based cocktails and a beautiful garden in the backyard.
Where would you take your partner in New York if you wanted to really pamper them?
I would splurge on a Lyft ride across town and take them to the AIRE ANCIENT BATHS for a day of (EXPENSIVE) relaxing spa treatments.
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
Frozen S’more from Dominique Ansel’s Bakery. Vanilla ice cream wrapped in chocolate crisps and marshmallow that has been torched. #foodporn
What’s the one place you think is overrated in New York?
Shake Shack - I know I might be risking my life by saying that, but I don't understand why people like their burgers when there's so many better Burger joints in the city.
What’s the one place you think is underrated in New York?
Red Hook - Brooklyn. It's an industrial area in the lower west part of Brooklyn (southern edge of Downtown Brooklyn). It was severely damaged by hurricane Sandy. Most of the people I know that live there, live in incredible lofts. The area has a lot of cool hidden bars and delicious sea food places. While you are there you can pop for a visit at IKEA or get a full frontal view of the Statue of Liberty.
What are the New York spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
There are always the classical tourist spots like The Empire state building or Central park, but my favourite place is the Whitney Museum rooftop. You can see: Lower Manhattan, The High Line and the Hudson River/NJ (Buy Whitney tickets online to avoid the lines).
Tomorrow’s your last day in New York. How do you spend it?
I will go to sit in the Williamsburg Brooklyn river park, on top of the rocks. While eating a fresh pint of blueberries.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
There is no place like Tel Aviv! The sun is always shining, you can enjoy a fresh Hummus plate with warm Pita, be shirtless or wear sandals all day long and go to the beach in a walking distance.