I find some of the best city guides are from tourist-turned-dwellers who once zealously ventured everywhere, sniffing out every street corner and hot-spot and now, as residents of the city, have a more refined and tried-and-tested list of places worth visiting again and again.
Deana Sdao grew up in a small Canadian town in Southern Ontario — actually, the same town as me, where we attended Girl Guide’s together! Since our days spent together doing team building exercises and watching 101 Dalmatians, Deana has grown up and moved to the Big Apple to finish her Masters education while interning at SNL in the production department. Being from a small Canadian town, when Deana first moved to NYC, she ventured through most every street and neighborhood before settling down and staying in NYC long after graduating. She’s lived in NYC for just under five years and works as a Marketing & Communications Specialist at an architectural firm. While it’s hard to fit everything awesomely NYC into one guide, Deana’s version is filled with plenty of awesome options! —Sabrina