Jesse Israel: New York City

What’s your historical Los Angeles and New York connection?
I was born in the Valley of the great-1-8, then moved to the Westside in 4th grade, and then came to NYC freshman year of college to attend NYU in 2003.  My current lifestyle: NYC > LA > NYC every 6 weeks.

Describe your experience in NYC.
In sum: one big and beautiful roller coaster. It was once made of wood and rickety as shit, today it’s hydraulic powered and has cushy seat-belts. One thing that hasn’t changed: every steep drop down is followed by a juicy peak ahead.

What was the biggest challenge of moving from LA to NYC?
Getting myself to say “yes” more than “no” to all of the new experiences that presented themselves to me outside of my comfort zone. New York is filled with these opportunities but I’ve found I miss out on them and their magic if I stay too comfy.

How can NYC and LA best engage with each other?
In-n-out and Shake Shack swap one location.

Favorite LA secret spot
At the tippy top of Westridge off Mandeville Canyon, up a little perch after you climb a water drain, there’s an unobstructed 180 degree LA City view + 180 degree LA Nature view. I still get Postal Servicey high school vibes up there.

Favorite NYC secret spot
Satsko on 7th between B and C – Tiny sake spot with 10 seats and Polaroided walls.

If you were not at Cantora, what would you be doing?
Pursuing goal #2: to become the white Ginuwine.

From the 2462 Miles newsletter: connecting NEW YORK CITY + LOS ANGELES

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