1.) How long have you been in your city? When did you first visit your city?
I’ve lived in New York City for over 11 years now but I first started coming into the city regularly when I was a teenager. I grew up right across the river in New Jersey and my ballet school and I would come in to take classes or see a show. It was a great learning experience for me and got all the touristy things out of the way early.
2.) Where should people stay and visit?
If you can afford it, I highly recommend staying in the West Village (between 14th st and West 4th st). All year round it’s just one of the nicest neighborhoods. Filled with all kinds of foods, and plenty of nightlife.
3.) Give us a tour of your gayborhood?
MY gayborhood? I live in Washington Heights, and while that’s not a traditional gay neighborhood it does have its gems. Harlem Public and At The Wallace (conveniently located next to each other) are a great restaurant and bar respectively. There’s always a good crowd and very gay friendly.
But, of course, just a twenty minute train ride away is Hell’s Kitchen, the biggest of the gayborhoods in NYC. Food is great (mostly Thai and Mexican) and more gay bars than you could ever hope to go to in one night.
There are several drag shows happening almost every night and you really can’t go wrong with any of them. The New York drag scene is spectacular..
4.) Where do gentlemen go for brunch?
If you happen to be in Washington Heights, Crazie Annie’s or Harlem Public are the places to go for brunch. Crazie Annie’s menu is amazing, especially if it’s also your cheat day.
5.) What’s a hidden gem?
I love a good thrift store find and, surprisingly, not very many people know about Crossroads Trading Co. on 26th street. But maybe that’s a good thing for me.
6.) What’s your favorite restaurant in the city?
I’m going to make sure you never want to leave Washington Heights; Malecon is an AMAZING Dominican restaurant on 175th st and Broadway. Huge portions. Fantastic authentic food
7.) What’s your perfect day in New York City?
MY perfect day would be waking up at 10am, coffee and cartoons, followed by the gym and then lunch from Hilltop Cafe in Washington Heights. Then video games until dinner probably in Hell’s Kitchen. End the night with a drag show and it’s been a perfect day. An expensive one, but still perfect.