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TRUST ME, I’M A NEW YORKER: Ruslan Pelykh

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

Ruslan Pelykh, Videographer

Taxi or Uber?

Taxi. I still haven’t downloaded the Uber app on my phone, and I have no idea why.

NY Times or NY Post?

NY Times.

Central Park or Hudson Park?

Central Park. But not on the weekends.

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

Walk-in closet.

Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s?

Westside Market. I’m crazy about those free cheese samples.

Starbucks or bodega coffee?

Chai Tea Latte from Starbucks.

Better mural: The Monkey Bar or The Waverly?

Never been to either.

Tap or bottled water?

Tap.

Street meat or a slice?

Slice from Bleecker Street Pizza.

Would you rather Standard Bingo or a Rose Bar Session?

Rose Bar Session.

Pedicure or massage?

Unfortunately, I have no time to relax.

First snow or first spring day?

100% first snow. My camera hates sunny NYC. And do you remember last summer?

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

Streets at dawn. Especially for video shooting.

More iconic: The Empire State Building or The Chrysler?

Definitely The Chrysler Building. The design of the metal crown is epic and it doesn’t need any colorful lighting. For me, it's the crown of Manhattan.

For modern art: The MoMA or The Whitney?

I’m not a big fan of modern art, but I like The Whitney because of the location.

Brooklyn Bridge or Williamsburg Bridge?

Brooklyn Bridge for watching. Williamsburg Bridge for walking.

Boozy brunch or late-night dinner?

Late-night dinner, sometimes even at 1am.

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

Falling into an open sidewalk cellar. I think about it every time I see one.

More likely to people watch or dog watch?

People watch. No. Dog watch. Who am I kidding?

Dream home: luxury high-rise or brownstone?

Brownstone in the West Village.


PHOTOGRAPHY BY @TUTES