Part of the Ask A New Yorker series.
What brought you to New York? I was born here!
What is your favorite brunch spot in the city? Lately it’s been Egg or Cafe Colette in Brooklyn, or August in Manhattan.
How long do you think someone needs to live in New York before they become a New Yorker? The true New Yorker in me wants to say since birth, but realistically, 5 years should do the trick.
Share your subway navigation disasters? Even natives sometimes accidentally end up in Queens.
Where is your spot for the ‘best cup of coffee’ in NYC? Joe on Waverly Place.
What are the best holidays to stick around the city? Christmas is certainly one of the most festive times in the city, and Halloween is one of the drunkest. I consider October 31st to be New York’s Mardi Gras.
Where is your favorite place to take visitors? Central Park, if the weather permits.
What is the best show you’ve seen on Broadway? The Lion King. It’s been around forever, but well worth the ticket.
What is the most overrated tourist spot? Times Square … a drive-by should suffice.
What is your favorite NYC bridge? Brooklyn.
What is the best source for New York news (TV stations, Newspapers, etc)? The New York Times for real news and New York Magazine for the fun stuff.
What is the craziest thing you’ve seen happen on a
subway bus? I once got stuck on a crowded bus whose doors would not open. The thought of eternity on the M86 is scary enough, but to top it off, the bus was midway through lowering itself for an elderly passenger waiting to get on. As the door malfunction occurred, the bus started heaving itself up and down, reminiscient of a Cadillac with bad hydraulics. This went on for a solid 5 minutes. I never took the bus again. (OK, kidding on that last one…)
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About the author: Nicki Donato
Born and bred in the city.