THE MONOCLE MUSE ON WHAT NOT TO MISS IN NEW YORK
Sophia Visanji known on social media as The Monocle Muse made the jump from Canada to the Big Apple a few years back. Since then she’s been serving us with stylish looks all over the city with a focus on eyewear. Sophia reveals some of her favourite New York hidden gems.
Q & A WITH SOPHIA
When did you move to New York? July 2014
What do you love about the city? I love that this city is home to so many diverse people-all with different stories and cultural backgrounds. I also love that there’s an abundance of things to do from museums to events to parks and everything in between. There is never a dull moment!
What do you hate? It’s an expensive city to live in which means it’s not easy. You have to hustle to live wel here, but as the saying goes, “If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.” Also, I could totally live without this city’s rodents.
What’s your number one tip for someone visiting for the first time? Do a couple of touristy things, but then ask a local for their favourite spots. Seven years in and I’m still uncovering gems.
A museum must-see? The Metropolitan Museum is by far my favourite with MOMA as a close second.
What area of the city do you like the most? The West Village because it just oozes old New York vibes with all its brownstones and quaint gardens. It feels like I’m caught in a different era.
Let’s talk seasons, what to do depending on the seasons: Ice skating in Bryant Park in the winter and rooftops in the summer. The Brooklyn Botanica Garden in the spring has blooming magnolias and cherry blossoms.
Where to eat and drink: Miss Ada in Brooklyn and Kiki’s in the city.
New York’s hidden gems: Speakeasys coined during the prohibition era for illicit nightclubs are now fun, hidden bars scattered throughout the city. Visit Bathtub Gin, La Esquina, Dear Irving and The Garret West.
Where to Shop? Amarcord Vintage in Williamsburg and the Brooklyn Flea.
Five things to bring on a New York trip:A seasonal jacket, a camera, comfortable sneakers (the city is best seen on foot)
Sum up New York in three words: Magical, diverse, seductive.