From The Lips Of A Local

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 Managing Editor at, Angel!  



Name: Angel J. Rodriguez

Occupation: Desktop support technician at a large financial institution on Wall Street.

New Yorker since: I arrived in NYC when I was 5 years old way back in 1982. I have never looked back.

What hood do you live in? I currently live in Kew Gardens, Queens. But I still rep the Bronx when asked “where I am from.”

Where do you get your morning coffee? Due to the heavy abuse of thermogenics back in my bodybuilding days, I developed a low tolerance to caffeine. One cup of coffee will have me experiencing the same withdrawals as a crackhead does when without any crack! So, I do not drink coffee. But if I did, I’d probably be a loyal, local coffee drinker.

Restaurant you’d be really, really sad bordering on clinically depressed if they closed: Dig Inn. I eat my lunch here every single day. They are a bit pricey, but the food quality is amazing and I never get any migraines from eating here. So they are my top, numero uno spot!

Every tourist must visit: Times Square. As annoying as I find it, and as much as I try to avoid it, this place is NYC at its finest. You will find food (mostly touristy stuff though), shows, all sorts of people, and lots of shopping. I do find it amusing because years ago, when snapping on each other, me and my friends used to say “Your mother works at 42nd street”, which meant your mother was a hooker. Of course today it would only mean she works at one of the many fine establishments in the area.

NYC trend you’re currently loving/hating: Hmmm. Cronuts? I just find the whole concept terribly annoying. Granted, I haven’t had one, but lord knows I’m not going to stand on some ridiculous line for a donut/croissant or whatever the damn thing is! Sheeesh! LOL.

Favorite way to while away a (non-workday!) NYC afternoon: I actually enjoy taking a walk in Central Park from time to time. Sadly I don’t do it as often as I would like to, especially now that the weather is getting colder, and it gets darker earlier. If you do take this walk, do be cautious, it can be a dangerous place.

NYC’s best kept secret: The promenade in Brooklyn Heights is actually very beautiful to take a walk or a jog on. These types of questions are difficult because NYC has so much to offer, so to narrow it down to any one space, when I’m sure there are so many that I’m just not remembering at the moment is always a hard thing.

To connect with Angel, hit him up at any of his spots:
Angel J. Rodriguez
Managing Editor,


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  • great profile here. I really like her authenticity and sharing!

  • The cronut trend isn’t that big in L.A. (at least not that I know of) but it sounds delicious. Folks here are busy opening natural juice bars! I was wondering whether New Yorkers frequent Times Square. Is the guitar-playing guy in his undies still in Times Square? It’s been awhile since I’ve been to NYC, but my friends and I have a few pics posing with him! 😉

    • Used York City says:

      Haha, for some reason I always peg LA folks much more health aware when it comes to food than New Yorkers…we clearly think nothing of a fried croissant topped with sugar, lol! And yes, the Naked Cowboy is still alive and well in Times Square…occasionally he even has a female counterpart!

  • Mike says:

    Wait, what was this post about?? My head is still spinning that you got your picture with Morimoto, Angel! No way! Among many things, I’m a foodie so I had to check out the menu at Dig Inn. I see some salads I would definitely like to try and absolutely on most all of those protein dishes! Wild salmon salad…yes please. Jess already has me hooked on all of these walks I want to take when I get there someday. And you seem right on the same page with that, Angel. Thanks for giving is this great interview and guest post, Jess! :)

    • Used York City says:

      Right, isn’t that the coolest thing ever?! I believe if you pop over to Angel’s site you can get more info on his meeting with Morimoto…yay fellow foodies!:-)

      So glad you enjoyed the interview, Mike!

  • I hate cronuts too…and they’ve made their way over here!!!

  • Maria says:

    Love the comment on Cronuts. *laugh* – once again happy to meet a New Yorker and learn more about the gems of the city. Thanks Jess and Angel

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