What are the best secret/hidden spots in New York City to check out?
I'm not a New Yorker, but I visit this city enough to not be called a "tourist". I'm not sure if this place has been mentioned before, but there's a huge segment of the Berlin Wall in a small park on 53rd St between 5th and Madison Ave.The Cloisters is a museum on the West Side located way up near 190th St. It features a large part of John Rockefeller's medieval art collection and features around 1,900 different exhibits. It is not a "secret" per se, but definitely worth a visit, if only to see the scenery of the Hudson and surrounding area (George Washington Bridge etc). I felt like I was somewhere in Europe while I was there yesterday. It is not on the typical tourist's map, which makes it better since its away from all the hustle. Prosperity Dumpling, ChinatownWith 1,200 reviews on Yelp, this place is definitely not a secret, but I doubt non-New Yorkers would know of this place. It is a hole-in-the-wall located in the heart of Chinatown, and serves delicious pork and chives dumplings at an extremely inexpensive price of $1.00 for 5 of them. My personal favorite is the Chicken Sesame Pancake, which costs around $2.50 per pancake. They also sell dumplings in bulk, which I imagine is at a cheaper per-unit rate than the retail price of 12.5¢ per dumpling. Its a great place to go to when you don't feel like spending 10 bucks on a lunch in NYC. DUMBO in Brooklyn (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, right near the Brooklyn Bridge) features one of the most beautiful views of Manhattan, and is a great place to walk around and explore for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan The "real" Halal Guys cart (53rd and 6th) only comes after 8pm. The others are just knock-offs.Even though tickets are sold out months in advance, you can become a part of the Saturday Night Live studio audience if you're willing to go to 30 Rockefeller at 7am for standby tickets. If you reach there in time, you will most probably be able to become a part of the studio audience.The Jersey City Waterfront features some of the most spectacular views of the Manhattan skylineBelvedere Castle in Central Park (mid-park at 79th st) has an observation deck which offers beautiful views of Central Park and Manhattan. Speaking of Central Park, Strawberry Fields is John Lennon's memorial spread over 2.5 acres I haven't done this yet, but "Shakespeare In The Park" in the Delacorte Theater in Central Park is quite an experience. It is a free presentation of some of Shakespeare's most famous plays. It runs in the months of June and July every year. Best part is that tickets are free and are distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis.Shakespeare in the Park's performance of Romeo and Juliet Ice cream, milkshake and milk flavored like the milk that remains after you eat Kelloggs cereal, only at Momofuku Milk Bar in East Village (and other locations!)milkbarstore.comSeven Hills Cafe at 849 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn serves the best hookah in New York City. Priced at only $10 per hookah (with the $5 Yelp check-in coupon), it features every imaginable flavor, great service (albeit a little slow) and lip-smackingly amazing Turkish and Lebanese food. That's all I can think of for now. I'll add more "secrets" as and when they come to mind.
What are some must sees or dos when in New York City to fill out a two day itinerary?
Get yourself Metrocards. They work in the Subways and on the buses. Each ride is about $2.75. However, you can transfer from bus to subway, bus to bus, Subway to Subway, or Subway to bus for free.When I take people around for two days, I typically start with the Statue of Liberty. First boat goes out at 8:30 a m. Do not talk to sidewalk ticket agents. At best, they will sell you the $19 ticket for $25, with a commission. At worst, thousands last year paid for boat trips that did not go to the Statue of Liberty, after being told by street ticket agents that it would.From the statue, it's a short walk to either the financial district or World Trade Center Memorial. (We don't call it Ground Zero anymore.)After that, I walk over the Brooklyn Bridge to Brooklyn Heights, with its beautiful 150-year-old houses, including those that housed Arthur Miller, Norman Mailer, Truman Capote and WH Auden. Stop at the Brooklyn Heights Promenade with a 15 km or 10 Mile view of the city and the harbor.This takes us to lunch the first day.Contact me if you want to learn the rest of this two-day itinerary. I'm always looking for another day of work!
How should I apply for a restaurant job in New York City: walk in and fill out an application or online?
Walking in might work, but you also run the risk of inconveniencing someone while their working. However, let's say you go for it, have you thought about what questions will I be asked at an interview for a restaurant job? Visit this link to get yourself prepared for what is surely to come your way whether at your impromptu or official interview. Having some prepared answers can make the process run more smoothly which will give you confidence and probably result in a job.
What is it like to live in New York City?
Wow. That is hard to describe. First of all, it is incredibly expensive. My husband and I live in a 650 square foot apartment in Chelsea, which is a neighborhood in Manhattan, and we pay $4,000 a month rent. This rent is typical in much of Manhattan, unless you rent in a four story walkup. There are lower rents in Harlem, but that is starting to change.It’s loud. Noise is everywhere. The traffic, beeping horns, the subway trains, sirens, loud people. It takes a while to adapt.Work. It's a hard working city. Many people put in very long hours, whether to make those large corporate and law firm salaries or working three jobs just to get by. It makes the city incredibly busy and focused.Diversity. Well over 800 languages are spoken here, and the dress, habits and food are from almost every world culture. As a gay man, I feel safer here than anywhere I've ever lived.Speaking of safety, NYC is the safest large city in the US and one of the safest large cities in the world. I walk around Manhattan, from Harlem to the Financial District, anytime night or day, and have never felt unsafe.It's a walking city. We don't own cars, and if we can't walk we use the trains. $2.75 and you can go anywhere, even to the beach. I ride trains almost every day. Crowded and not a great system compared to European systems, but it goes everywhere.You entertain out in the city. People do not have friends “over” very often, because apartments are so small. You meet in restaurants, bars, parks, etc.Oh, and the parks. Union Square. Washington Square, little Stuyvesant Park, Madison Square, the list is long and they are wonderful places to stop and rest and be entertained. And of course, Central Park. What's not to like? You can spend a whole Sunday afternoon there walking and eating and going to the zoo and being entertained for free.The weather is changeable, and there is snow in winter and humidity in the summer. But Spring and Fall are delightful. There are flowers everywhere and the breeze off the Hudson River in my neighborhood is sweet.Water. Rivers, beaches, long strolls along the seaport. Seagulls. NYC is surrounded by water.Food. It's the best. From food trucks to fine dining, you can find about everything here.Culture. Incredible museums (MOMA, Natural History, the Met, Whitney… ), you could never see it all. Wonderful small galleries. Opera, symphony, dance. And of course Broadway. Theater is just extraordinary. And the libraries: some are architectural gems as well as storehouses of knowledge.I’ve lived in Charlotte, DC, Philadelphia and several smaller towns. But nothing (in this country) compares to NYC. I retired here (no Florida or resort condo for me), and I wake up every morning feeling incredibly fortunate to live here. And, yes, I do realize this answer is Manhattan-centric. And there are four more exciting and dynamic boroughs (well, maybe Staten Island’s not exciting!). But, it's what I know.A word of advice: don't ever forget the expensive part. It’s best to have a job in hand when you come to live here, and expect to work hard. I am fortunate to be retired, but most people work very hard to live here. Cheers!
I am applying for a job as Interaction Designer in New York, the company has an online form to fill out and they ask about my current salary, I am freelancing.. What should I fill in?
As Sarah said, leave it blank or, if it's a free-form text field, put in "Freelancer".If you put in $50k and they were thinking of paying $75k, you just lost $25k/year. If you put in $75k, but their budget only allows $50k, you may have lost the job on that alone.If you don't put in anything, leave it to the interview, and tell thm that you're a freelancer and adjust your fee according to the difficulty of the job, so there's no set income. If they ask for how much you made last year, explain that that would include periods between jobs, where you made zero, so it's not a fair number.In any financial negotiation, an old saying will always hold true - he who comes up with a number first, loses. Jobs, buying houses - they're both the same. Asking "How much?" is the better side to be on. then if they say they were thinking of $50k-$75k, you can tell them that it's just a little less than you were charging, but the job looks to be VERY interesting, the company seems to be a good one to work for and you're sure that when they see what you're capable of, they'll adjust your increases. (IOW, "I'll take the $75k, but I expect to be making about $90k in a year.")They know how to play the game - show them that you do too.
How do I get a good sample of people, only from specific cities like Los Angeles, New York, or San Diego, to vote on my online poll or fill out my short survey online?
What about posting in their local Craigslist?
How big of a victory was it for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that Amazon pulled HQ2 out of NYC?
Victory. Big.I will say again what I’ve said many times - AOC is like the Democrats’ version of Trump. This kind of thing endears her more to the base, and to the party as whole. That corporate, establishment Democrats are upset, and especially that Republicans are upset, does not matter.Have NONE of you listened to the base of the party over the last three years? They are tired of privileges and sweetheart deals given to the rich and powerful at the expense of the rest of us. That was a big part of Bernie Sanders’s appeal, and also Trump’s (his whole “I was one of the riggers of the system so I know how it’s rigged).Let’s look at the deal as objectively as I can using this article which is pretty good: Amazon’s HQ2 deal with New York, explainedWhat Amazon would have gotten:4 million square feet of property, partially owned by the city, so gifted to Amazon.The state would override local land use, environmental, and zoning restrictions.$897 million from the city’s Relocation and Employment Assistance Program (REAP)$386 million from the Industrial & Commercial Abatement Program (ICAP)$505 million in a capital grant and $1.2 billion in “Excelsior” credits if its job creation goals are metOpportunity zone designation, meaning more tax breaks separate from the city and state subsidies in the futureAbout 1.4 Billion was in direct subsidy.How many small businesses or normal people do you know that can just get regulations hand-waved for them, special designations granted and also get paid in the process?What New York City would have gotten:An estimate from the state, that Amazon will generate $27.5 billion in state and city revenue over 25 years.There was no guarantee of that. It might be more or it might be less than half that. This was not even an estimate from Amazon.Predicated on the assumption that after the company begins hiring in 2019, Amazon will create 25,000 jobs over the next decade (with up to 40,000 when all is said and done), with an average salary of $150,000. The state estimates the project will facilitate 1,300 construction jobs and 107,000 in total direct and indirect jobs.Again, no guarantee any of that would actually occur. No guarantee that the jobs would be filled locally. In fact, they almost certainly would not be.Amazon would pay in 650 million over 40 years into the city’s PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) program fund for local infrastructure. The specifics would be worked out by “community engagement.”There is no way to guarantee that would actually happen.$5 million for workforce development and to host job training sessions and job fairs at the nearby Queensbridge Houses.Excuse my language, I don’t usually curse on Quora… but this pisses me the hell off. $5 million for workforce development is a fucking PITTANCE. An elementary school has a bigger budget than that. The operating budget of the nearest community college is $137 million. Per year. So how much “workforce development” do you think is going to happen for $5 million total?Oh, don’t forget that “no hiring guarantees were made in the memorandum” about the job training sessions at Queensbridge Houses.Amazon will also build a new school with as many as 600 seats on its campus.Oh! 600! Again, elementary schools are larger that that. Also no indication that it will train locals.Along with a “tech startup incubator.”WTF does that even mean? That could just be a coffee shop with wifi for all we know.So it looks like the deal is fairly one sided. There were $2 Billion dollars worth of hard cash and deferred regulatory requirements going right into Amazon’s pockets, with another $1 Billion on the way. In return? A bunch of vague promises that Amazon could decide not to keep.I’m no economics expert but I do remember learning the lesson about “Time Value of Money” - money now is always worth more than money later. New York was giving money and benefits now, Amazon promised to do… some stuff… much, much later. Who gets the better end of that deal, hm?How was the deal brokered? A behind closed doors sweetheart deal made by the governor with no local input. None.In October, Cuomo met with Amazon execs in both New York City and Seattle, he joked he was so intent on wooing Amazon, he’d name the Newtown Creek the Amazon River if the company came to New York, and he infamously quipped that he would change his own name to “Amazon Cuomo,” if the company set up shop in the Empire State).What could the existing residents look forward to? Gentrification, skyrocketing housing costs, traffic problems, loss of neighborhood identity, increased homelessness, and closure of locally owned businesses. If you doubt me, just read about Seattle’s experience and the omen for Long Island City:Photos show how Seattle’s favorite businesses vanished after Amazon showed up — and it could be an omen for the HQ2 cityHow Big Tech Swallowed SeattleI’m From Seattle. Here’s What Amazon Will Do To New York City.Amazon HQ2 and the ‘Gentrification of Jobs’Gentrification, Alienation, and Homelessness: What Really Happens When Amazon Moves to Town?….kind of looks like hosting the Olympics…It turns out that AOC is actually on the side of her constituents. Perish the thought! And Americans do oppose this kind of deal. They will be happy for Amazon to HQ in their city, but want them to pay their own bills -A new INSIDER poll conducted on SurveyMonkey Audience may help explain why. The poll asked 1,117 respondents what the best use of $3 billion in tax credits would be: giving it to one large company to open a large corporate office, to several mid-size companies to open offices, to existing businesses in the area for growth, or to residents in the area to encourage spending.The style of deal that was negotiated between Amazon and New York — $3 billion in tax credits for a new large office — carried only about 4% of the vote in the INSIDER poll. It was the least popular of all responses, including "I don't know," which earned just over 12% of votes.By far, the most popular response supported giving tax credits to residents, which took the lion's share of the vote at more than 45%. Next was giving them to existing businesses, with over 20%. And giving the credits to mid-size companies received 18% of the vote. The poll had a margin of error of about 3 percentage points. Those results held steady regardless of whether the respondent said they lived in an urban, rural, or suburban area.The style of tax credit that was to be gifted to Amazon is only supported by 4% of the public. AOC is on the more popular side of this issue.Footnotes Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says that $3 billion in tax credits should be given to the public, not Amazon — and a new poll shows that nearly half of Americans agree