ask Sarah about
dance bars • hidden bars • dive bars • architecture • breakfast and brunch • history museum • street art • flea markets
a bit about Sarah
What do you do and why do you do it?
I work in office operations and HR. My friends describe me an eternal camp counselor because most of my job requires me to plan fun events, mediate conflict, and integrate new people into the workplace. I am super into the idea of having a happy office since we all spend most of our time there.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
The small non profit where my bosses made me cry regularly was pretty bad. I got laid off and lost a lot of confidence.
Were you born and raised in New York? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to New York?
I'm originally from the San Francisco Bay area. When I was 14 I moved to Westchester County (about 1 hour north of NYC) and after college it made the most sense to move to NYC. 5 years later I'm still here and I haven't found any other city that compares.
What’s your current hood in New York and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
OG Brooklynites would call my neighborhood Sunset Park. Realtors have dubbed it Greenwood Heights. I love the area because there are a ton of good restaurants and bars within a ten minute walk. The downside is living on the R train. Thankfully I moved closer to an express stop but going home late at night is brtual.
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
I stick pretty closely to 60's motown, 90's pop, and indie rock. EDM is the one kind of music I just don't get. It sounds like a Robot vomiting.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
I have felt broken hearted more times than I care for so this is my real life playlist: Keep Yourself Warm by Frightened Rabbit, Nicest Thing by Kate Nash, Bones by Ben Howard, Skinny Love by Bon Iver, Blue Skies by Noah and The Whale, Don't Read the Classics by Owl & Mouse, 8:08 by Laura Stevenson. My list grows with every bad date.
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
Friday Night Lights and Parenthood are pretty damn good. The mix of family and personal drama and a little light comedy really made me fall in love with all the characters. Currently I am obsessed with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Broad City, and Jane the Virgin. All three are female led (get it ladies!) and hilarious AF.
Name some spots in New York that are good for a Tinder date.
I love going for a drink at a bar where there are games or an activity to break up the small talk. I usually hit up Crocodile Lounge where they have a variety of arcade games (including my personal favorite, skeeball) and you get a free personal pizza with every drink. No one wants to be the sloppy mess on a first date.
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
Is Donald Trump too obvious? I am actually terrified of what he is doing.
Who’s your hero and where in New York would you take them out for a serious hang?
Rihanna is my queen. I'd take her to Sea Witch in my neighborhood where we can hang out in the back yard and have a chill drink so we can talk life, love, and career.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
I'm kind of a cheap-o so I buy whatever is on sale and do a lot of online shopping at work. In my dream scenario I'd get to shop from cute little boutiques in the West Village.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Rockefeller Center when the Christmas Tree is up. It's a nightmare.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Funny enough, I rarely go to museums. It's silly because New York has some of the best museums in the world! I've been dying to go to the Museum of the Moving Image but just haven't made a successful plan to go. Sometimes Netflix and my bed won't let me leave my house.
Where do you go in New York for a casual night out?
Beauty Bar! I seriously can't get enough of this place. At happy hour they have Martini's and Manicures. They often have comedy shows or burlesque performances on weekdays. Saturday nights this place has the best mix of 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, and a few random indie rock songs from the 00's. The old school beauty parlor decor is a great photo op.
Where would you go in New York to celebrate some freaking good news?
I love a good rooftop bar. Rooftop Reds in the Brooklyn Navy Yard or Berry Park in Williamsburg have amazing Manhattan skyline views.
What’s your choice of transportation in New York and why?
Despite all of it's issues, I LOVE the subway. In all my travels I have not found another US city with such a expansive system. I never have to worry about drinking and driving.
What are the New York spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are always my first recommendation for a tourist spot. Lady Liberty is so iconic and meaningful for so many people. If you forgot to buy your ticket in advance (it does sell out) you can always take the Staten Island Ferry and get up close and personal with my girl. Did I mention it's free?
What are the New York spots tourists should run from screaming?
Times Square. Just don't do it. It's not worth it. Between creepy Elmo and the annoying AF Naked Cowboy you've seen it all on TV. It's not better IRL.
Tomorrow’s your last day in New York. How do you spend it?
Boozy Brunch with my closest friends and then head to my favorite bars for one last hoorah.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Edinburgh is a magical place. You can hike up Arthur's Seat, go to a free Museum, hang out in the haunted underground dungeons, and drink a dram of local Whiskey. The Scottish people are also super friendly and it's way cheaper than London.