Laurence

How long have you lived in NYC?
I live here now for more than 5 months and it’s my first time here in NY.
Why did you move here? 
My husband could get a great job here in New York en this was a perfect opportunity to see and explore the city. It was always a dream for me to come here and explore THE city.
Now i can be a citizen and tourist at the same time.
What is you favorite neighborhood and why?
there are a lot of beautiful places in New York and every place is so different. Just walk in New York en you go from culture to culture from neighborhood to neighborhood.
I live in Brooklyn, in Bedford Stuyvesant. But i really like Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn heights, Dumbo and Williamsburg. It’s more down to earth, cool, relaxed and not so busy and grounded as Manhattan.
Favorite restaurants and why?
Best pizza; Grimaldi’s, for now!  There are so many places where you can eat great pizza’s. Roberta seems to be also great. Momofuku noodlebar is also very good and Burgerjoint is fantastic for a great burger.
 If you have more money to spend go to Eleven Madison Park it’s so amazing. If you want to eat at a Michelin star restaurant but don’t have that much money go to the spotted pig.
Hidden gems, insider tips?
When you do the Brooklyn/Manhattan tour you will bicycle by some hidden gems. Grab a sandwich or salad to go, sit down at one of the many benches in the city and enjoy the view, the theater and the people! Also Prospect Park is amazing. It’s less crowded  than Central Park but also beautiful. And go see the sea…..

Laurence