Each week we feature a different local, sharing their unique experiences on what makes NYC the best place, ever. Hey, we never said New Yorkers weren’t cocky.
This week we’re delighted to be chatting with writer, Meg Cotner! We simply love her Astoria-centric blog and passion for NYC!
Name: Meg Cotner
New Yorker since: I’ve lived in the city since 2005.
What hood do you live in? Astoria.
Where do you get your morning coffee?
I often make it at home with beans I get from Long Island City’s Sweetleaf
or local Astoria roaster Native Coffee, but when I go out, I often get it at The Coffee Pot, which is a little deli near my apartment. Their iced lattes are my favorite – just a little bitter and very refreshing. I’m also a fan of the coffee at The Queens Kickshaw
, where I’ll always get a strong cup and gorgeous streamed milk; the abovementioned Sweetleaf is my go-to in neighboring LIC, where their lattes are fab.
Restaurant you’d be really, really sad bordering on clinically depressed if they closed:
That would have to be Il Bambino
, one of my very favorite restaurants in Astoria. I adore their food—panini, crostini, tapas, and salads, excellent small but focused wine list, and kickass desserts like their silky rich chocolate torte and panna cotta. The flavors are wonderful and I always enjoy my time there.
Every tourist must visit:
I absolutely think the Panorama of City of New York at the Queens Museum
(which is undergoing and expansion right now, re-opening November 9, 2013) should be on every tourist’s list. It is just spectacular and gives any visitor—or local—a great bird’s-eye perspective on this city. It was built by Robert Moses for the 1964 World’s Fair, and even has model airplanes taking off and landing at JFK and LaGuardia Airports. And the Queens Museum is near the Unisphere, which is just so cool. Outside of Queens, I would say the Staten Island Ferry, since you get such great harbor views from the ferry, plus it’s free.
NYC trend you’re currently loving/hating: I love the expansion of bike lanes and Citi Bike, and I despise rompers on grown women with a passion.
Favorite way to while away a (non-workday!) NYC afternoon:
I think seeing a movie at the Museum of the Moving Image
is a great way to spend a free afternoon. Either before or after you can wander around the museum and check out the permanent exhibits with old movie cameras, costumes, and a few interactive features. Or check out the temporary exhibits; recent ones have focused on Jim Henson and Breaking Bad. They also have a little cafe with great coffee and baked goods, and a new outdoor courtyard with tables and chairs.
NYC’s best kept secret: The Noguchi Museum
in Long Island City. Isamu Noguchi’s sculpture work is beautiful and I love how they have placed it within the museum space, including the peaceful sculpture garden (I always stop by the fountain). They also have a number of public and educational programs, including live music, docent-led tours, and Friday evening gatherings.
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