New York, United States
Sarah, 33
Surgeon in Training
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a bit about Sarah

What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm in training in surgery and I to it in order to help as many people as possible! Its a pretty intense job so I like to use my free time exploring New York!

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

I was once a library assistant and it was super boring. I was supposed to stop theft but I probably ended up falling asleep most of the time!

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 across the border in NJ. I loved the city and came here often with my family as a child (my dad worked in Manhattan). I fell in love with the art scene and diversity. So I knew I wanted to move into NYC after school!

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

Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Best thing is all the music, restaurants and bars. It's a breeding ground for creative expression. Worst- the crowds on the weekends and the prices are matching Manhattan these days.

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

I have pretty eclectic musical tastes but I usually listen to indie rock, I love some Beyoncé and house music for workouts and dancing. I am not a fan of country music.

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

Beyoncé - survivor; Kelly Clarkson- Stronger; Beyoncé- Single ladies; Justin Timberlake- Cry me a river; Adele- Rolling in the deep; Killers- Mr. Brightside;

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

I love shows that are set in New York like sex and the city, how I met your mother, Girls, and Kimmy Schmidt. And Friends or Master of None! I like imagining that I can visit the places the characters go to!

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

Maison premiere, fresh kills, the counting room, Donna, Cienfuegos, mother of pearl are all great. Also for a more casual outdoor spot in the summer- the frying pan or the standard meatpacking biergarten

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

Trump

Who’s your hero and where in New York would you take them out for a serious hang?

Ruth Bader Ginsberg - and I would take her to Bryant park for a chat about how to empower women!

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Rent the runway/ Le tote. And I'm a serious sample sale addict. In the neighborhood there are ton of good boutiques as well as vintage stores. Some of my faves are Monk's, Buffalo Exchange for vintage, Catbird for their delicate jewelry, Brooklyn Kitchen or Whisk for home goods. For clothes there is Space 98 (part of urban outfitters), Maje, and Concrete + Water.

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

Times Square. Its full of character costumed people and panhandlers. Also, everything there is pretty much a scam. Go elsewhere for a more authentic experience.

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

I love biking and it would be great to bike to the beach but I never end up finding the time! A great bike ride is down the Brooklyn waterfront to the fort tilden park

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

Battery Harris - a cute carribean "beach" bar with a good food menu. They also have awesome frozen drinks and an outdoor space in the summer.

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

I would go celebrate with some killer cocktails at someplace like the Dead Rabbit or PDT. I love a serious cocktail!

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

The subway. There is no other way to get around the city like a real New Yorker. Also it's often the fastest way to get to a place, in a cab you often end up sitting in traffic.

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

There are so many! For the first time it's good to get the lay of the land with a visit to one of the observatories. You have to go to the Empire State Building and the Seaport to see the Statue of Liberty. Other places would include the museums (MOMA, Met, Frick), Broadway, Central Park and of course Brooklyn!

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

Times Square. It's a total tourist trap. Also little Italy has very little authenticity these days.

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

I would start with an almond cortado and pastry at Lilia Cafe. Then I would head into Manhattan to visit my favorite museum (the Frick). I would go to lunch at Daily Provisions in Union square. After, I would head to soho for some shopping and and afternoon coffee at epistrophy. I would do a happy hour in the lower east side before grabbing dinner at momofuku noodle bar. And then drinks around the east village and Williamsburg for dancing!

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

Barcelona- I love the food and culture and that it's on the beach. The perfect trio for me!!

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