What is your most memorable NYC moment?
When I first moved to NYC, I had a very small apartment in a slummy building in Chelsea. One evening I was having trouble sleeping, so I decided to go sit on the roof and read. At that time, I was reading "Just Kids," an autobiography written by Patti Smith about her life in Chelsea in the '60s and '70s. As I read, dangling my feet off the roof, four stories above the ground, the sun arose. A blood orange light was reflecting off the Empire State Building and the lights of Broadway were in full action. This was one of my favorite moments, however there are a lot to compete with.
What is your favorite Manhattan neighborhood? Why?
The Gramercy/Flatiron area is hands-down my favorite. It has the combination of the family values of the Upper East Side, the restaurant flare of the West Village, and location, location, location!
Why did you choose to pursue a career as a New York real estate professional? What is your favorite part of the job?
The job almost came to me, in a sense. In addition to already being in sales, a good portion of my friends happened to be brokers also. With enough push, I jumped in. The face-to-face interactions are my favorite part of any job. I love communication and working with people.
What is your greatest motivator?
Success and family. Freedom isn't achieved easily, but with enough patience, hard work and making the right moves, you can get a little bit closer every day.
What are your greatest passions?
Art has always been a huge passion for me, even when I was very young. I need a creative outlet to keep my balance. Running has also become a strong passion of mine over the years. It helps me focus, meditate and push myself to limits I never knew were possible. My greatest passion ever is child abuse awareness. It is my lifelong dream to make a difference in the societal mentality on how we treat such a matter and how we can prevent it.
If you could invite anyone to a dinner party, whom would you invite?
Well, Paulo Coehlo, the author and philosopher, would be on the top of the list. Patti Smith, who is a truly an astounding author and artist, would be another invite.
If you had only one day left in NYC, how would you spend it?
If I had one day left in NYC, I would spend it going to all my favorite spots where I have made the most distinct memories, and some of my favorite restaurants. Then, I would finish off my day sitting in Madison Square Park with family and friends with a clear view of the Empire State Building.