New York, United States
Ranjana, 38
Entrepreneur and Photographer
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a bit about Ranjana

What do you do and why do you do it?

I am an entrepreneur, photographer and travel enthusiastic parent. After a decade in publishing, I left my corporate job to start nugget, an online community for parents to share travel itineraries. I love meeting parents from all around the world, learning from their experiences and sharing their stories of how they explore with their families. Travel provides so many wonderful teaching moments. The more we travel with our their children the better this world become.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

Growing up I did a lot of odd jobs so I could fund my travels. All through high school I washed dished in a nursing home. The worst part was the smell.

Were you born and raised in New York? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to New York?

I was born and raised in a small village in northern Germany. The first time I visited New York I immediately fell in love with its energy and diversity. I knew this is where I belong and for more than 10 years it's now been home.

What’s your current hood in New York and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

I live with my husband and son in the 90s on the UWS. I love the proximity to Central Park and Riverside Park. It's a great place for families, but it's lacking the energy of downtown or Brooklyn and there aren't many good restaurants up here. Thankfully we are near the express train so you can get anywhere in the city super fast.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I am the indie pop kind of girl that loves to dance to 80s music. But I also enjoy folk, bluegrass, and mellow rock. Hip hop doesn't do much for me.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

It's been a long time since somebody broken my heart.

Name some spots in New York that are good for a Tinder date.

I believe in old fashion pick-ups.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I am a mom and a startup founder. There's little time for shopping. I relay on online stores like Everlane.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

I hate Penn Station. It's the most inefficient and disgusting place in all of New York City and a disgrace to any infrastructure planner. Most parts of mid-town are pretty bad, too.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Listening to live music, exploring the city on a long run, and just letting myself drift through a new neighbourhood. I spent my first years in the city doing nothing else.

Where do you go in New York for a casual night out?

Spring Natural Kitchen is my go-to place to catch up with my girlfriends. They serve fresh, organic food that satisfies everyone from hardcore vegan to my meat loving husband.

Where would you go in New York to celebrate some freaking good news?

Maison Premier. Grab two dozens of oysters and a Moscow mule. Maybe two. Or three.

What’s your choice of transportation in New York and why?

Subway. It gets you everywhere you need. Most of the time faster than a cab or ride share.

What are the New York spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and through the village. View from atop (either One World, Empire or Rock Center). All have something different to offer. Brunch.

What are the New York spots tourists should run from screaming?

Horse carriages in Central Park. Herald Square. Pretty much all of midtown.

Tomorrow’s your last day in New York. How do you spend it?

Sunrise run in Central Park followed by a long brunch with my favorite peeps.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

I tend to spend my vacations away from big cities, but those I've truly enjoyed are LA, Berlin, Barcelona, and Istanbul. Great food, cultural diversity, access to water, and an all year round outdoor culture.

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