Jesse Ma: New York City

What’s your historical San Francisco and New York connection?
I grew up and was raised in San Francisco. I went to NYC for law school and have stuck around in the Big Apple since. When asked, “Where are you from?”, I’ll usually answer “San Francisco.”

Describe your experience in SF and your experience in NYC.
I love San Francisco. Growing up in SF, I have awesome memories of friends, amazing local eats, and being outside. Being in shorts and flip-flops year round. Oh and fog, lots of fog. Whenever I visit SF, I feel at home.

NYC is totally different. When I think of NYC, I think of the vibrancy of the city and the people, new exciting restaurants, lots of close friends, and my professional life. I also miss driving around when I’m here.

What was the biggest challenge of moving between NYC and SF?
I didn’t know too many people in NYC when I moved here for law school, but that all changed very quickly. NYC is now home to most of my closest friends.

How can NYC and SF best engage with each other?
I think technology and ease of travel are making engaging both cities easier every day. I think bridging the cultural gap between the cities will really create something awesome in the near future.

Favorite SF secret spot
Marina Subs. Ask for avocado and the special sauce on your sub. You can thank me later.

Favorite NYC secret spot
Nothing stays secret for long in NYC. I’d say the southern side of Sheep’s Meadow in the summer is one of my favorite spots.

If you were not where you are now, what would you be doing?
Skiing or scuba diving somewhere tranquil.

Roadtrip Entertainment: tell us what song/album, TV show, podcast, or web videos you’ve been watching lately.
TED talks.

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