Hi guys! Welcome to the fourth installment of “Ask Jess”, in which I publicly answer questions that I’ve received through the site!
Q: Hi Jess –
I am visiting New York (from the UK). It’s my boyfriend’s birthday and I wanted to get him a New York ‘something’ as a gift. Is there anything you could recommend as that sort of gift. A cookery course, walking tour… something a bit special? Thanks, Lizzie
A: I would definitely recommend checking out the website CourseHorse.com, they list basically every class/experience available in NYC at the best price. So depending on your boyfriend’s interest (cooking, trapezing, making craft cocktails), you can find something cool that way. A tour I’ve done that I think is worth every penny is Accomplice. It’s kind of a theatrical experience as you move throughout the city, so much fun, with some crazy characters! Plus you get to see a lot of stuff–it remains one of my favorite things to do in NYC, and my husband had an amazing time, too! Here’s my experience: http://www.usedyorkcity.com/2012/03/21/accomplice-new-york/
Q: Hi Jess! Do you work with photographers you’d recommend for taking shots of NY properties in SoHo, NoHo, The Bowery, UES, etc., even lifestyle shots? I’m seeing so much great photography on Instagram by New Yorkers, but curious which ones are willing to work with clients and are well versed in photographing for hi-res printing, not just social media. Thanks! Love this blog! -Sam
A: Hi Sam!
Erin Lewis is a wonderful photographer, you can check out her website at www.erinlewisphotography.com. Also, I used Generic Brand Human for my wedding reception–they do fantastic (and candid, which I love) photos for a great price and super quick turn around! www.genericbrandhuman.com
Best of luck, and thanks so much for your kind words about the blog!
Q: What is your favorite NYC neighborhood and why? -Romio Interview (full interview found here)
A: Even though it lacks the charm of so many of the downtown/uptown neighborhoods, I’d say Midtown Manhattan. I’ve lived in Midtown for six years now, and absolutely love it. It’s central enough that I can walk just about everywhere (but also has basically every subway line if you need to get somewhere fast, and there’s certainly no shortage of cabs!) I feel like it’s so iconically NYC…in one afternoon you can catch a Broadway show, grab a dollar slice, ponder the meaning of paintings at the MOMA, and meander up to Central Park to listen to free jazz from the comfort of your own park bench. Wouldn’t trade it for any hood’ in the world!