How long have you been living in the New York area?
Where do you currently live? Which is your favorite neighborhood?
First I lived in High Manhattan for 22 years and I recently moved to New Jersey. I like this city, it’s really calm compared to The Big Apple.
What do you think is the most overrated thing in the city? And underrated?
Overrated: the rent prices, they are just too high, also the transport. Underrated: the salaries, they are not high enough to compensate.
What do you miss most when you are out of town?
To be honest I don’t miss anything because I like to go out and relax and forget about the stress of the city.
Has anything (negative or positive) changed about you since you became one of us “New Yorkers?”
I feel really happy to live in this city and in this country, and I am lucky to have all these opportunities, but I think I have not changed.
If you could change one thing about NYC, what would that be?
I would decrease the poverty and crime in some neighborhoods. I would like that people respect each other more.
What is your favorite weekend activity in NYC?
I like to walk, visit the Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and the Rockefeller Plaza on Fifth Avenue. I think it’s a nice place to go.
What is the most memorable experience you have had in NYC?
I’ve been working at RU for 17 years, and I love working here because people are kind, comprehensive and inclusive. It’s been an honor for me to work here.
Bike, MTA or walk it?
Good question, I love the bicycle and I have always ridden since I was a teenager. However, here I don’t have a bike because it wouldn’t fit in my apartment. I use the subway and the bus.
If you could live anywhere else, where would that be?
I belong here, but I also miss my country. Unfortunately, there are two social statuses there: rich and poor. So, I prefer the life quality here or in Florida.
Do you think of yourself as a New Yorker?