Greenwich Village. I went to college at NYU and it was my first neighborhood in NYC, so it holds a special place in my heart. I became an adult there and discovered myself. It also has such a rich bohemian history and I love stuff like that. I could get lost in the winding streets of the village for hours!
2. What makes you a real New Yorker?
Carrie Bradshaw says you have to live here for 10 years but I considered myself a real New Yorker after 5 years. I don't think there is a single definition of what makes a New Yorker. People come from all over the world to pursue their dreams here. Its a cultural melting pot. Being a citizen of New York means you are a citizen of the world. If you can jive with this city and its movements, then you can jive anywhere.
3. What are the 5 best cafés in the city? (No need to name 5.)
Cafe Reggio on Macdougal Street is the best. Old antique furniture, dark corners, great food, and they served the first cappuccino in the US in 1927!
4. What’s your favorite part of being a NYC tour guide?
I love meeting people from all over the world. While I get to show them my city, I get to hear about where they come from and their cultures. Like I said, NYC is a cultural melting pot! I also love making people laugh and seeing the excited looks on their faces as I share an important fact about the city.
5. What’s your fave stop on our tours?
I really love the Fried Dumpling stop on our Soho, Little Italy, Chinatown Tour. This woman used to sell 5 dumplings for 1 dollar (now they are $1.25) so they are cheap AND delicious. But the owner is a legend. She means well, but she is notoriously mean. And I love to get yelled at by her. She'll kick me out if I stay too long, not serve me unless I have exact change, speeds me through ordering. It sounds weird but I love her and it's so NYC.