I have lived in New York City for 30 years and I had a gallery in Chelsea of contemporary art. The setting is at the gallery and the posh East Side where I used to live.
I wanted to write about it since I relocated to Greece so I can relive the New York experience I had the luck to experience in the past.
All characters derive from almost real friends and family. The story is a romantic comedy with very pragmatic NYC situations.
What are some of local culture nuances you describe in the book that you want readers to pick up on, and why are they important to the region and/or story?
The story deals with the multiculturalism and the nature of people and different places in the NYC area. New York is a mosaic of people gather to cohabitate and they do so with lots of grace and ingenuity and this is what is described in the book.
Parades that deal with different cultures and neighborhood fairs are there to signify the unity of the crazy paced city that everyone can adapt to.
The story can only happen in NYC where the mentality of the people is not judgmental and it is open so we can have the twists in the plot like romantic interludes regardless of age, gender or economic status.
What are three things from the story that a reader should try or see when visiting the region? (e.g. a specific food, landmark, etc.)
There are many places that the story evolves from famous and infamous restaurants since one of the main characters is a caterer from Astoria. Brooklyn sites and restaurants are there as well. From the book the reader will stroll from Park Avenue to Bloomingdales to Chelsea to the Upper East side, Central Park to the West side little streets to relive the story.
When is the best time of year to visit? Are there any unique festivals or holidays that are specific to the region when a reader should pack your book and take a trip there?
The best time to visit NYC is in Spring and Fall and every Sunday there is a parade on Fifth Avenue so there is lot’s to see and smell other than shopping and museums which are phenomenal. Pack the book and walk from Park to Fifth to Astoria to Chelsea and Brooklyn and experience the many faces and many cultures the book is describing that New York City offers.