Taking a moment to ask real New Yorkers real New York questions.

Amanda Shine, Founder of The Setting

NY Times or NY Post?

I love reading recipes, restaurants, and all things food. NYT is the best for that. My friends and I have always read Page Six and I still pick it up for a quick scan. It’s the original Daily Mail.

Pedicure or massage?

I love both. Probably pedicure if I have to choose. Adding a 10-minute foot massage goes a long way when you’re pounding the pavement with deliveries.

More likely to people watch or dog watch?

Dog watch. I have never met a dog I didn’t like.

Tap or bottled water?

New York City tap – it’s better than bottled water and it’s free!

Dream home: luxury high-rise or brownstone?

Luxury high-rise, but not above the 10th floor. I don’t want to be responsible for any wayward A/C units high in the sky.

Brooklyn Bridge or Williamsburg Bridge?

Brooklyn Bridge.

For modern art: The MoMa or The Whitney?

I like them both… The new downtown Whitney is beautiful overlooking the Hudson, and The MoMA/PS1 is always fostering cool, young talent.

Taxi or Uber?


More iconic: The Empire State Building or The Chrysler?

The Empire State Building, even though I’ve never been to the top. I do recommend going up to 1WTC.

Would you rather A walk-in closet or outdoor space?

Outdoor space.

Would you rather Standard Bingo or a Rose Bar Session?

Mmmm, can I say neither? Ha! I’m a moviegoer and I love looking forward to a new release almost as a ritual. The popcorn at Landmark Sunshine Theatre on Houston is my favorite.

Central Park or Hudson Park?

Central Park and Battery Park.

Boozy brunch or late-night dinner?

Definitely late-night dinner… I’m no good at the club for breakfast concept.

First snow or first spring day?

First spring day.

Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s?

Whole Foods.

Starbucks or bodega coffee?

Favorite coffee in NYC is La Colombe. I created custom ceramic mugs for them and it was a cool moment for The Setting. I am a big fan of their business and their product.

Street meat or a slice?

A slice of pizza any day of the week from anywhere, but if I’m being choosy I love Rubirosa, Roberta’s, or Best Pizza.

Scarier thought: A falling air conditioner or falling into an open sidewalk cellar?

Both sound scary! I’m a nervous person who’s afraid of heights, so both seem probable and bad.

Better mural: The Monkey Bar or The Waverly?

I love the murals and caricatures at Minetta Tavern, but I’m probably biased because of their burger.

More magical: The streets at dusk or the streets at dawn?

The streets at dawn. Having an early start in the city that never sleeps doesn’t stop feeling special.