A New Yorker

Agaton Ström

Agaton Ström

What do you work with?
I work as a photographer or photojournalist to be specific. I work for a number of newspapers, magazines and commercial clients.

Why did you move to New York?
I moved here for the adventure and the challenge. I used to live on the West Coast and I think that as a European I missed the feeling of living in an urban city. Rubbing elbows with people, riding subways and walking. I love walking.

What does New York mean to you?
I think it means freedom. The anonymity of a big city allows you to be whomever and whatever you want. You also have the freedom to change and try different things, constantly reinvent yourself.

Mention 3 of your favourite places in New York?
It changes with the season and my moods 🙂 I love going to places that I rarely visit on a daily basis. The Bronx has some stunning architecture and vibrant immigrant communities with amazing food. The Rockaways in Queens in the summer is pretty great. And then of course there is Manhattan.
The whole island! I once walked the length of Manhattan following Broadway. It’s a short walk of about 14 miles but the stuff that you see and the neighborhoods you pass through offers an amazing variety.

What do you love to do in New York in your free time? 
I try to take advantage of the offerings. The museums, art galleries but now that we have a little baby I find myself at the playground pointing at squirrels on weekends.

Mention something weird that you’ve experienced in New York
Yea, I don’t know if I want to mention those experiences here. And if I did, you wouldn’t believe me 🙂

What do you like best about New York?
The diversity and the acceptance. I guess in short, I love the people here. The writer Pete Hamill wrote in an essay that the old analogy as New York as a ”melting pot” is not really accurate.
It implies a hodgepodge of leftovers used to make a savory dish and that is not what New York is. Mr. Hamill describes New Yorkers as an alloy. Different materials coming together to create something that is stronger than each individual part. I think it’s a beautiful analogy and I like to see myself

What is your best tip for someone dreaming about moving to New York?
Just do it! Try it out for a few months and see if you like it. I think it helps to have somewhat clear goals and aspirations. Come here with an idea of what you want to do but also be prepared to change and see new opportunities.

Describe New York with 3 words
Diverse. Tolerant. Loud.

Website: www.agatonphoto.com

Agaton Ström

Ingrid Rudefors

A New Yorker

Ingrid Rudefors

Ingrid Rudefors

What do you work with?
For the last eight years I have worked as film commissioner of Stockholm, going back and forth between Stockholm and New York. But as of this winter I live permanently in New York (again) – working on my second novel.
My first novel Meanwhile On A Roof In Chinatown was published in Swedish in 2011 (Samtidigt På Ett Tak I Chinatown) and is now available at Amazon.com in English

Why did you move to New York?
I first moved here in 1977 as a 19 year old. I spent my first ten years here being very involved in the vibrant club-scene. New York then was very different from now; gritty, dangerous and very exiting. In 1988 I fell into the film-industry and worked on 15 feature films here until I moved back to Stockholm in 1993 with my one year old daughter. But I was always “home-sick” for New York City, so now I am back.

What does New York mean to you?
It is the only place on earth where I feel like I fit in. At any age. You are allowed to be whoever you like to be in this city. You get friends from all over and you end up at dinners and events where people are of all ages: 19 – 75, who cares. You don’t think of age or skincolor when you talk to someone. You just think they are interesting (they must be) – having chosen to live in this city.

Mention 3 of your favourite places in New York?
My roof, or any roof, with a view of the city. I will never get tired of looking out over the rooftops of East Village and see the Chrystler building and the midtown skyline at the horizon.

Union Square Farmers Market. Go early on a Saturday and you will see some of New York’s most celebrated chefs there buying fresh vegetables, meat, fish, cheese and flowers for their restaurants.

Long Island’s sandy beaches and beautiful Wineries. Just a short train or bus-ride away.

What do you love to do in New York in your free time?
My husband is a photographer specializing in the music scene so we go to see bands a lot at Bowery Electric and Sidewalk Café and other places.
And we eat out a lot. I love the restaurants in New York and especially in our neighborhood. Bar Primi next door to The Bowery Electric is a favorite and Takahashi on Avenue A has fantastic sushi and a very friendly cool chef.

Mention something weird that you’ve experienced in New York
It is actually in my novel – not exactly as it happened – but this is what really happened: Once when we couldn’t get a taxi between clubs in the 1980s we hitchhiked with a Chinese fish-truck. We sat in the back gliding around on spill from the fish.
there are so many weird stories…… here’s another one – I once walked in to my building in the East Village and had to climb over two guys who were examining a gun, smilingly telling me to just step over them and not to worry. (Also in the 1980s)
And I have been in line for the bathroom at the VIP room at the Ritz with Mick Jagger…… and he got angry that we wouldn’t let him pass the line so he pretended to pee in a corner.
I could go on and on telling you weird true tales from my New York life.

What do you love most about about New York?
The people – everyone always remembering to say “excuse me” if they bumb into you and hello when they walk into an elevator.
I love how everything feels possible – and of course I love all the excellent food.
And I love that all the door-men in my building are buddists from Nepal and that they sit and chant sometimes when you pass the front desk.

What is your best tip for someone dreaming about moving to New York?
Buy a cheap ticket and go tomorrow. Don’t wait for next year. Then when you are here talk to people in bars, parks everywhere. Let everyone know you are looking for work, because that really weird lady with the dog might be knowing somebody who knows somebody who knows somebody. New Yorkers love to help others out. New Yorkers love to be connectors.
Then be prepared to work really hard, and be nice and do not forget to say “Excuse me” when you bump into someone…

Describe New York with 3 words
Exhilarating, inclusive, inspiring


View from Ingrids apartment

View from Ingrids apartment in Lower East Side

A New Yorker

Martin Adolfsson

Martin Adolfsson

What do you work with?
I’m an artist and photographer shooting portrait, travel and architectural work as well as working on several personal projects related to social behaviors. 

Why did you move to New York?
I moved because I always wanted to live in New York, and I stayed because I like how the city challenges and provokes you; in the long run the city helps you create interesting work.

Mention 3 of your favorite places in New York
Red Hook – The neighborhood is not served by any subway line which gives it a village-like atmosphere. It also has some of the best views of the harbor and Manhattan. 

Rockaways – My absolute favorite destination from May to September. Someone called it ”a Williamsburg by the ocean” and I think that sums it up pretty well.

The walk from LES to Carroll Gardens, I share an office on Bowery and I try to walk home at least twice a week. It takes me about an hour and offers spectacular views of the city… this walk is usually when new projects come to mind.

What do you do love to do in New York in your free time
I really enjoy weekend mornings when my wife and I have the luxury of a long breakfast at home with tons of coffee while debating a range of the mornings newspapers headlines.

Mention something weird that you have experienced in New York
Too many things to list but a favorite moment was when an entire restaurant seemingly impromptu began sining Bohemian Rhapsody together.

What do like most about New York?
The walkability, because of it’s high population density, moving around by foot is fairly quick and easy, at least compared to other cities of similar size. 

What is your best tip for someone dreaming about moving to New York?
Have patience, plenty of it. 

Describe New York with 3 words
Not. For. Everyone.

Martins website: www.martinadolfsson.com

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nycColleen Flanigan is a socio-ecological artist living in New York City

A New Yorker

Veronica Ballart Lilja

Veronica Ballart Lilja

What do you work with?
I’m an illustrator

Why did you move to New York?
I was living in Barcelona since 2000 and needed a city with more movement. And I have since years ago wanted live in NY.

Mention 3 of your favourite places in New York?
The Pier in Williamsburg, Tompkins Square Park,  Red Rooster in Harlem.

What do you love to do in New York in your free time?
See my friends. Explore the city. I’m still new.

Mention something weird that you’ve experienced in New York
Chelsea hotel. Its authentic.

What do you like best about New York?
It’s so diverse and you have so many things to do all the time-
Also the summer is great.

What is your best tip for someone dreaming about moving to New York?
Do it. But have everything clear that you really wanna move to NY. It’s not an easy city always.

Describe New York with 3 words
Big, fun and surprising.


Veronica Ballart LiljaOne of Veronicas illustrations.

Mitt New York

Mitt New York by Mia Gahne

Mitt New York

Mia Gahne lives in New York and is the author of the excellent and inspiring guide book “Mitt New York”

Why did you move to New York?
Because I fell in love with the city first time I came here fifteen years ago, and kept coming back a couple of times a year. It became harder to leave every time I was visiting, almost like a physical pain. The thing I enjoyed the most was just doing normal everyday things, like going to the dry cleaner, riding the subway, have my scrambled eggs at the same place every morning where everyone knew my name. I decided that I really, really wanted to be able to do that ”for real”. Eventually I did, and it was one of the best decisions of my life.

Mention 3 of your favourite places in New York
Hudson River Park
– I live close to the river, and there are few things I enjoy more than a morning walk or run along the piers. So much to look at, so many people to watch and I’m still amazed that there are actual sailing boats in the middle of this gigantic city. I also quite like the New Jersey skyline and criss-crossing the commuters going to work from the river boats. At dinnertime I highly recommend the boat Grand Banks at Pier 25 for oysters, seafood and an amazing sunset.

Great Jones Café – My home away from home. I go here at least once a week to hang out, eat som really nice and affordable cajun food and listen to the music from the best jukebox in the Western hemisphere. Staff is super nice and the atmosphere is very relaxed and enjoyable.

Coney Island – I just think it’s a great place, especially a little bit off season when things are starting to cooling down. Fly a kite, watch people dancing on the boardwalk, feel the breeze from the ocean… I don’t actually do the amusement park stuff, I just like the vibe. And Paul’s Daughter has the best lobster roll in the city, as far as I’m concerned.

What are you most passionate about?
Food, food and food. A big part of my life is about food. I work as a food writer, food stylist and cookbook author and was born with a big appetite for trying new stuff and exploring the wonderful world of flavours. There is no better place for doing just that than New York City. You can make a culinary trip around the world in just a few subway stops. One of the advantages of living in New York is also to have a kitchen of my own to cook in. I Love going to my local Greenmarket and get fresh produce and make it come alive back in the apartment.

What is your advice to someone who wants to succeed in New York?
Dream big and make it work. Embrace people. It might sound as a cliché but anything is actually possible in this town. As long as you believe in yourself and are prepared to work hard, you can make it happen. But you also have to allow yourself to open up to strangers and remember to appreciate the people around you and help others out, then they will be there for you forever.

Mention something weird that you’ve experienced in New York
When waiting for someone in Midtown, I suddenly noticed a true Johnny Depp lookalike came up from the subway, all dressed up as his Pirates of the Carribean character. In the middle of the day, in the middle of the office workers’ lunchtime rush. Only in New York, kids. Only in New York.

What do you like best about New York?
People watching. It’s by far my most favourite thing to do around here. It doesn’t matter where you do it, you’re gonna see all kinds of characters, styles and faces. This truly is the melting pot of the world. I believe that that is one of the reasons so many different cultures like it here, everyone feel like they belong, no matter where they came from.

Describe New York with 3 words
A technicolor adventure.

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Mia Gahne

Chloë Sevigny’s Guide to Being a New Yorker

If you live in New York, you will completely relate to this. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like, here’s a perfect insight. This is exactly what it’s like to be a New Yorker.

Bag all

Bag-all A few questions to Jennifer Jansch

Bag all

Bag-all, giving is easy

Yeah! Do something for the environment – in style! Buy reusable cotton gift bags from Bag-all.

The owner and creator of Bag-all is Swedish Jennifer Jansch, a mother of three and a stylist for over 20 years. She design, manufacture and sell reusable fabric gift bags and travel/organizing bags.

Why did you move to New York?
I lived in New York most of the 90-ies. When I met my husband I moved back to Sweden for 10 years. We moved back with our three children 2011. The reason: because I love New York! It fits my personality perfectly. I can be creative and be myself 100% in New York

Mention 3 of your favourite places in New York?
1. The Nolita area east of Soho. This is where I have my shop. I particularly like Mulberry Street, Mott Street and Elizabeth Street between Prince and Houston. Full with little independent shops like mine and great restaurants.
2. Central Park any time of year!
3. Hudson River park. A park that runs along the Hudson river on the West side of Manhattan. You can walk, ride your bike or run.

What do you love to do in New York in your free time?
Walk all over. We don’t own a car. There is always something amazing to look at!

Mention something weird that you’ve experienced in New York
Freaky weather. Sometimes it rains so much you would think someone was throwing buckets of water off the tops of the buildings. I have never seen anything like it anywhere else.

What do you like best about New York?
The people. Most people are just so friendly and happy!

Describe New York with 3 words
Awesome, exciting, cool

Bag-all, 219 Mott St, Nolita – www.bag-all.com

Jennifer JanschFoto: Jenny Brandt
Gift Bags
Resuable Cotton bagsBag All NYCMake uoBag All Book

The book ”I had a dream (but no idea)” is a book about how Bag-all came about. It is written by the owner and founder of Bag-all, Jennifer Jansch. It starts with her dream of having her own business, but not having any idea of what that might be. It leads us through the challenging times, the fun times, the obstacle people, the successes, up until today. Bag-all has come a long way from Jennifers living room to having her bags sold in over 25 countries world wide, a flagship store in Nolita, New York and owning her own printing factory in Brooklyn.

Jennifer believes we are all capable of fulfilling our dreams and goals. In this book you find out how.

The book comes in a super cute cotton bag with grosgrain closing and a handle with the text: ”Bag of dreams”.

Manhattan Neighborhood Stereotypes

Manhattan Neighborhood Stereotypes

Manhattan Neighborhood Stereotypes

These funny infographic shows the “typical” kind of roommates you will find in 20 different Manhattan neighbourhoods. There is useful information about the average rent for the hood of one-and two bedroom apartment and how much can be saved by living with a roommate and what you can spend the saved money on.

Quite interesting “facts”

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Frank Jones

A New Yorker….

Frank JonesToday we present Frank Jones in our series with New Yorkers…

What do you work with in New York?
I own two companies. MH8 Associates, a corporate meeting planning companies, specializing in international events. Everyone always asks about the name. When I started the company eight years ago, I was dividing time between New York and Paris. MH is Murray Hill, my neighborhood in Manhattan, and 8 is the 8th Arrondissement in Paris, my former neighborhood in Paris. As much as I love Paris, New York ultimately won.
I launched HiFidelityNY a little over one year ago when we obtained marriage equality in New York – it’s a wedding planning company exclusively for same sex couples who want to marry here.

For how long have you been living in New York?
I grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and spent 14 years in Washington DC as well. I love the South, but the call of New York was too great – I have lived there 13 years now. It would be hard for me to live anywhere else.

How do you live in New York?
I live almost part-time in New York, which makes me appreciate it more. I travel about 2-3 months per year on business organizing meetings around the world. I spend about another month each year exploring the world. I divide the rest of my time between New York and Saugerties, where I have an old farmhouse in the foothills of the Catskills Mountains. Saugerties is a great little town on the Hudson River about two hours north of the city – Frommer’s Guide named is one of the ”ten coolest small towns in America” a couple of years ago. We are proud of that, as we are next to the very famous Woodstock NY, but we won the accolade!

I would invite everyone who comes to New York to take a few days to explore the Hudson Valley and the Catskills, and specifically to come to Saugerties – it’s a wonderfully low-key, low-profile part of the world, with beautiful scenery, great farms and produce, and some exceptional restaurants with locally sourced products.

Mention 3 of you favorite places in New York
Landmarc – my favorite restaurant, with locations in TriBeCa and the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle – warm service, steaks that rival the best steak houses in town at half the price, a wonderful wine program with half bottles and whole bottles only, with almost no mark-up, and cotton candy after dinner – it’s not on the menu – you have to know to ask!

Saks Fifth Avenue – my favorite department store. They have some amazing buyers these days, their own brand has very wearable clothes at surprisingly moderate prices, and the service is without equal. For men, the classics on 7 cannot be beat – ask for Mel for casual, and Ed for suits. Plus the window displays on Fifth Avenue, 49th Street, and 50th Street are just so beautiful.

Metropolitan Opera – For an opera buff, there are few rivals in the world. The productions are just so grand, the singers are absolutely world class, and they are doing an intriguing blend of classic and modern performances now. Plus there are usually last minute individual seats, and prices are quite good compared to some of the European houses.

What do you love to do in New York in your free time?
With free time in the city, I love to walk. After 13 years of living there, I’m still discovering new streets. And the city is constantly evolving, so there’s always something new to see on streets I know.

Mention something weird that you’ve experienced as a New Yorker
Something weird in New York? There are two gay bars in town I love. One is Flaming Saddles, on Ninth Avenue between 52nd and 53rd Streets. They have hunky gay cowboys in tight jeans, t-shirts and cowboy hats as bartenders. They take turns dancing on the bar, including line dancing simultaneously. The other is Urge, on Second Avenue between 1st and 2nd Streets. There are Latin strippers, most of whom are bisexual, dancing on the bar. The scene late at night gets quite interesting! One night, I went to these two bars, along with the jazz bar at the Setai, and the Campbell Apartment at Grand Central Station, which are two of the most elegant bars in the city. It made for a wonderful juxtaposition – a very New York evening!

What do you like best about New York?
What is best in New York is the incredible diversity and mix of cultures, and the energy. The city is a constant show – after 13 years, I am still entertained and fascinated by the city.

Describe New York with 3 words
New York in three words? The world’s city.

Sophie Tillquist

A New Yorker….

Sophie TillquistToday we present Sophie Tillquist in our series with New Yorkers…

1. What do you do in New York?
My family and I moved here when our son was 4 months, so for the first year I was home with my son Hugo. Now, the second year, I’ve started up my blog and I’ve been studying at FIT to keep my brain active and to deepen my knowledge about my profession as a fashion buyer.
At the moment my visa doesn’t allow me to work here, but we are
applying for a green card. Keep you fingers crossed…

2. For how long have you been living in New York?
It’s 2 years in October.

3. How do you live in New York?
My husband Daniel, my son Hugo and I live in a 2 bedroom apartment in the West Village. The first year we lived in Midtown next to the entrance to
the Lincoln Tunnel. It was horrible. We found the apartment before moving to NY and was seduced by the view – it was on the 36th floor with a magical view over downtown Manhattan.
After 2 months we realized that the view didn’t quite make up for the constant traffic and non-existence of parks and nice people. When we moved downtown, it was like coming home.
I will never leave this area as long as we live in NY

4. Why New York?
My husband, who is a photographer, joined an agency here. Both my husband and I have lived abroad in our mid twenties – Daniel in Melbourne and I in London – and both of us dreamed of living in New York at some point in our lives. New York is the city of all cities.

5. Mention 3 of you favorite places in New York
Washington Square Park – there’s always something going on here. The chess players, the guy that has doves all over him, the break dancing dudes. Great playgrounds too.
Integral Yoga Food Store – fantastic food store with only organic food and a juice bar
Gallow Green – rooftop restaurant on the top of McKittrick Hotel.

6. What do you love to do in New York on your free time?
I love our neighborhood, so we mostly walk around in our area, go to Washington Square Park, sometimes to Central Park. My husband and I try to go out to eat once a week, always to a new place since there are so many to choose between.

7. Mention something weird that you have experience in New York
A woman that was really upset with me when I walked with the stroller. I guess she tried to walk pass me and I kept going to the left and right since I met people and I can’t exactly run them over. She passed me and screamed: STAY STRAIGHT WITH THAT THING!! STAY STRAIGHT!  It took me a while to realize that it was me she meant, and I started giggling. I looked over to the left, and a guy looked at me, laughing shaking his head. That’s the thing. There is nasty people here too, but the nice people tend to join and laugh everything off when things happen.

8. What is the best with New York?
The people. The diversity. The limitless atmosphere. The in-your-face attitude this city has. You have to be tough, but the people here are so good at being friendly, giving you a smile when walking past, giving compliments to your child. I love that people aren’t afraid of reaching out to a stranger. It makes this big city feel safe in a way. It has a big heart.

9. Describe New York with 3 words
A limitless and entertaining rollercoaster!

Check out Sophies blog – www.sophieandthecity.net