NoHo, New York
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New York, NY 10003
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Meet TOWN's Ilona Beatrice Polyak October 25, 2013

NoHo, Manhattan
Meet TOWN's Ilona Beatrice Polyak, Manhattan, New York

What is your most memorable NYC moment?

That's a tough one. There are so many. One of the more odd incidents happened when I was a junior in high school, and was walking with some of my classmates through Union Square Park. We hit the cross-walk on 15th going eastbound towards Irving, and were waiting for the light to change. Surprisingly, a squirrel jumped (more like leapt) out from the trees behind us, and selected me to be the one to attack. Up and down, round and round it crept. It may sound cute and funny now.. but to this day, I have an odd relationship with the city squirrels. I don't find them so innocent and sweet any longer...

What is your favorite Manhattan neighborhood? Why?

Its a very strong toss up between the Lower East Side/Chinatown, and Upper East Side/Yorkville. They are complete opposites, but I need both to be happy. I get the calm I need in Yorkville, which is, in my mind, a little bit of suburbia within the big city. But with my embedded travel bug (thanks, Mom!), I NEED to interact with different cultures to stimulate my mind. For me, to be in a homogeneous environment after a while, is absolutely suffocating. Lower East Side has everything!

Why did you choose to pursue a career as a New York real estate professional? What is your favorite part of the job?

It was the perfect meld between my upbringing around a family-based property management company, my love of art and home design, and passion for interacting with people (I am always so curious) that real estate became the self-evident choice to me. Being a New York City native, I really feel I can serve my clients best because I know the perks of each neighborhood and am familiar with different building types. There is nothing that makes me feel better in this world than to be able to offer true help to someone, and I can do this within the real estate sphere as a TOWN Representative.

What is your greatest motivator?

Myself. I've seemingly been born with a fire under my backside.

What are your greatest passions?

Travel, trying new foods, cultural studies and history, linguistics, patterns and geometry, textiles and design. I have a wide variety of interests.

If you could invite anyone to a dinner party, whom would you invite?

Christiane Amanpour, Star Jones, Xi Jinping, Hillary Clinton, Malcom Galdwell, and Anthony Bourdain. And I'd steer the topic towards food!
But could I have more than one dinner party like this, please? There are so many invite lists and topic combinations I could come up with!

If you only had one day left in NYC, how would you spend it?

Not possible unless you want me to foresee a tragedy here--I will always come back to NYC, no matter where my travels take me. This is home. 

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