ask Taylor about
Culture • Night • Food
a bit about Taylor
What are you working on these days?
My first album, which is scary and exciting all at once. I’m also working being a better person in general, which is harder than I thought.
What drives you mad these days?
Where do I even start…I’ll go with poverty.
What makes you happy?
Beautiful days! It sounds so cliché, but in a city where walking is required and leaving the house is like prepping for a month long backpacking trip in the French Alps, beautiful days are a Godsend.
When was the last time you cried?
This weekend when I was filling out my Ancestry.com family tree. My great-grandmother recently passed away so I had to change her living status to “deceased”. Shit was really hit me… I also cried watching The Sopranos this weekend so it’s not a rare occurrence.
What’s your latest musical obsession?
James Blake’s new album, The Colour in Anything. When I tell you, this boy is a damn genius! Also, I secretly want to marry him 🙂
What was the last movie you watched? Was it any good?
The last movie I saw in theaters was Purple Rain and it was great! Although it had been out since before I was born, I never saw the whole thing, so it was really cool to watch it in a packed theater with people who knew the whole movie line for line.
When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?
This is a sticky topic for me. I go through phases where I love thrifting and just go ham buying all my stuff from thrift/consignment stores. And I’ve also gone through phases where I will only buy new clothes from basic places like Zara and H&M. Right now, I’m in my “broke-ass” phase so I’m repurposing some of my winter clothes for the summer. Hit me up with your Paypal info if you want to donate to my shopping habit 🙂 I also accept gift cards…
What’s your go-to café in New-York City?
Settepani in Harlem is great for both meeting with friends and conducting business. Actually, if you take a business associate there, they’ll be your friend by the end of the meeting. The food, service, and seating is impeccable.
What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through in NYC?
My favorite neighborhood to get lost in is Chinatown. Despite the name, there are many different Asian cultures represented in this neighborhood. It’s also one of the only neighborhoods that still looks like “old New York”. You feel like you’re in a different place but it also has that NYC-specific vibe to it. If you like dumplings and you’re on a budget, try Vanessa’s! If you take nothing else from this interview, for the love of all things good, please try Vanessa’s. You won’t be sorry. The nightlife is dope as well.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in New-York City but never actually do?
I love taking pictures with my Nikon in cool parts of the city, but rarely do anymore because I’m a lazy bum.
Who’s your hero (dead or alive) and where would you take them to show them a good time?
Another cliché coming, but screw it. My hero is my mom and I would take her Red Rooster in Harlem. I’d take her here because people rave about it, it’s not cheap so she’ll feel all fancy and what not, and it’s right down the street from my house so we can walk there and enjoy the neighborhood on the way. Also, Marcus (the chef), is a super sweet and smart guy!
If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying in – where would you go?
If it’s during the day, I might hit up a museum on Museum Mile or go to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. If it’s at night, live music for sure! I’d probably go someplace close like Shrine, Gin Fizz, or Silvana. Might even hop on stage and spit some poetry if I’m really in the mood.
What’s that place in New-York City you feel like only you know about?
Ha! Nowhere. This city is mad over-crowded. Actually, scratch that. Apoteke in Chinatown. It was where I tried absinthe for the first time and you can imagine how that night went…
If tomorrow was your last day in New-York City before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?
I’d spend it with my cousin, Zachary, who lives in the apartment below mine. I’ve never been to Ellis Island so I think I’d enjoy doing that with him.
Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?
I’d have to choose Harlem. I live there and I absolutely love it. The people, the food, the music, the history…nothing else in NYC compares.
What’s the spot in New-York City you wouldn’t be caught dead in?
A frat bar. Chipotle. Central Park at night (it’s safer than it used to be, but still…I love my life and personal possessions).
You’ve just received the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?
I’d probably go to Harlem BBQ with my cousin Zach and my closest friends in the city. The food is unbelievably good and they give you those American sized portions that I love so I can eat leftovers later.
What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?
Almost anything related to music. Listening, making, and sharing music bring me such bliss.
When you feel like a night out, what’s your go-to place and why?
A spot with live music and/or a lot of dancing. This place is typically Shrine if I’m feeling to lazy to leave the area or Kinfolk if I feel making that trek to Brooklyn.