Taking a moment to ask real New Yorkers real New York questions.
Ben Fink Shapiro, NYC-based Fashion, Portrait & Fine Art Photographer
Taxi or Uber?
Uber, Via, and the MTA!
NY Times or NY Post?
NY Times. I would be ex-communicated from my family if I didn’t read the NY Times.
Central Park or Hudson Park?
Sheep Meadow all the way. Sunday mornings in spring and summer when I’m in town, I play softball in Central Park with a bunchof guys 30-75 years old. It’s a lot of fun.
Would you rather a walk-in closet or outdoor space?
Outdoor space. But if I could get a walk-in closet with a balcony that would awesome.
Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s?
I’ve actually still never been to a Trader Joe’s.
Starbucks or bodega coffee?
I rarely drink caffeine, but if I do: English Breakfast Tea.
The Hamptons or Upstate?
I have a house in East Hampton, but I also love hiking/antiquing Upstate.
Tap or bottled water?
NYC has some of the best drinking water in the world, hands down — and bottoms up!
Street meat or a slice?
Prince Street Pizza every time.
Would you rather Standard Bingo or a Rose Bar Session?
Bingo night at Tortilla Flats!
Pedicure or massage?
My feet are too ticklish for a pedicure. Swedish or Thai massage please.
First snow or first spring day?
Spring for sure. I’m an April baby.
More magical: The streets at dusk or the streets at dawn?
Photographically speaking, the streets at dawn. But this photographer is not usually there to witness the magic — unless of course I have an early call time.
More iconic: The Empire State Building or The Chrysler?
The Chrysler — love those Deco details
For modern art: The MoMA or The Whitney?
I like the architecture and terraces of the new Whitney downtown, but prefer MoMA’s collection.
Brooklyn Bridge or Williamsburg Bridge?
Williamsburg Bridge. Got some memories there.
Boozy brunch or late-night dinner?
Late-night dinner all the way. Have yet to understand the appeal of day drinking.
Scarier thought: A falling air conditioner or falling into an open sidewalk cellar?
Falling AC unit as I can’t control that. If I fell into an open sidewalk cellar, I have nobody to blame but myself!
More likely to people watch or dog watch?
People watch. I guess that’s part of why I became a photographer.
Dream home: luxury high-rise or brownstone?
I’d like to have outdoor space in the city — maybe a brownstone with a nice garden and a grill in the back.