I Scream by Kristian Cruz in Brooklyn, New York

Thanks to all the movies and TV shows that feature New York City, most of the planet only thinks of Manhattan, the area of the city with all the skyscrapers and glistening condominiums. Most forget that other areas like Brooklyn exist and that there is a non-urban face of New York alive with a beach and amusement park area called Coney Island.

Name:Kristian Cruz

Gift wrap paper entrepreneur


Taking photos with my iPhone and posting them on Instagram

Tell us about Brooklyn:

Brooklyn, the place where I live, is now considered one of the coolest neighborhoods on the planet. We originated the term “hipster” and true enough, this is where all the “hipster” people live, the men with their beards and the women with their cool tattoos and everyone drinking artisanal beer and eating artisanal bread.

A perfect day?

A perfect day would be finding a designer piece of clothing at 1/3 of the original price at the cool Brooklyn thrift shop called Beacon’s Closet.

What is the best thing about Brooklyn?

The best thing about my spot is its proximity to the best river views of the city skyline that we see in all the movies.

What is the worst?

The worst part of my neighborhood is the longer commute to Manhattan, where most of the work is located.

What would be surprising about Brooklyn to an outsider?

An outsider will be surprised by how Brooklyn has the best views of the New York City skyline. It’s best to appreciate it from the outside, looking in.

If Brooklyn was a person or character who would it be?

If Brooklyn was a person, it will be the hippie laidback persona of the actor, Woody Harrelson.

Who are three of your favorite artists?

I love the visual filmmaking style of director, Tarsem Singh and the rough minimalism ‘wabi sabi’ interior design of Axel Vervoordt. And, I love the song, “Alone in Kyoto”, by the band called Air.



Name:Kristian Cruz


Favorite place to eat:

Shake Shack

Favorite place to drink:

citizenM Hotel lobby cafe

Favorite shop:


Local Tip:

Buy discounted Broadway tickets from the TKTS store in downtown Brooklyn to avoid the long lines at the TKTS station in Times Square.

Must Do:

When visiting Brooklyn, visit the Fulton Ferry Landing to see a good view of the New York City skyline.