Hello! My name is Jody and I am a committed Art Guide who will take you through the best, most off-beat galleries of Chelsea to give you a breathtaking immersion of up and coming artists and their beautiful art work! I am a working artist myself, writer and university art professor based in New York City. My style as a experience curator draws on my nuanced understanding of images and materials. I love connecting people to contemporary art. I have made and shown my work for twenty years, published exhibition reviews and taught sculpture and drawing. I'm committed to arranging the careful and abundant research I do into an experience that brings to life for my guests the best of what artists do. I was recently featured in Dove- the Italian travel and lifestyle magazine, as a 'New York Insider'! You can check out my work here at Art Gallery Circuit and if interested in going on an Art Gallery Immersion experience, check out my MYrago experience right here
Hello! I am a Fermentationist, Educator, Health Coach, Artist, Beekeeper, and Writer. After a near-death experience, I turned to holistic medicine for help. Radical diet and lifestyle changes led me deep into the study of fermentation, old world food preservation, the human microbiome, food ethics, and holistic health. I run a popular fermentation project called Contraband Ferments, contribute as a writer for Edible Brooklyn, am also a guest co-hosted on the radio show “Fuhmentaboudit!” (on Heritage Food Radio Network), co-Organize the NYC Fermentation Festival, and finally, am a co-organizer of the NYC Ferments Meetup! (Phew!) I am currently working on my first book and at the same time am teaching workshops and at festivals both regionally and internationally. I lives in Brooklyn, NY with all of my cultures as pets (aka: bacteria, yeast, and mold)! Now that you know a bit about me, here is what a typical day looks like for me. If you enjoy this and are interested in undertaking a Kombucha-making adventure, check out my MYrago experience
Here is a list of things that I call "accomplishments", but my Jewish mom calls "distractions from finding a wife" I am a New York based comedian and a regular performer at New York’s top comedy clubs, and alternative rooms. I have performed at various festivals including The New York Comedy Festival, Laughing Skull Festival and Laughing Devil Festival. I am also a regular headliner at Caroline's On Broadway, and was named "One of the hottest rising star stand-up comedians in New York" by Hollywood Radio and Television Society! My audio clips have been featured on Rooftop Comedy's "Best Of" collection and have aired on Sirius XM Radio, Spotify and Audible
Hello! My name is Kimia and I am mini-IG mogul a.k.a a content creator and writer who specializes in food, travel, and lifestyle! I live and breathe for all types of crazy food & travel adventures and absolutely LOVE what I do! I am your ultimate go-to-girl for when you are lost for recommendations to a unique place - from offbeat and tantalizing eateries to hip, trendy shops and rooftop lounges to scenic beaches, I have just the perfect place in mind for you to venture to for your next outing.
Hello! My name is BeverlyO and I am a Celebrity Fashion Stylist! I am best known for my trendy, innovative and bold style decisions. I was introduced to the fashion industry as a teen model and since then have passionately cultivated my style and fashion sense, while also making waves throughout the industry. Coming from a public relations background, I worked with iconic fashion brands such as Lanvin and Christian Louboutin. Shortly after my transition from public relations to styling, my editorials got featured in international fashion publications like Vogue Italia, Made in Brazil, Jones Magazine, Elle Vietnam, and Fault UK. My celebrity client list includes Rosa Salazar, Matt Passmore, Stephanie Szostak, Eleanor Lambert and Victoria Secret model, Barbara Fialho. I was also the Head Wardrobe Stylist on Underground Cops for which I received my first IMDB credit! (Now that's something I had never expected!)
Hello! My name is Lisa and I am a private chef based out of New York City! I run a thriving catering business - All Good Things that feeds both celebrities and regular folks and I do this with the same consistent commitment since I firmly believe in spreading joy through food. Some of my celebrity clients include Alicia Keys, Steve Martin, Tina Fey, Hillary Rodham Clinton (yup!), Hugh Jackman and Gloria Steinem! Gloria even went on to say "I lived in my apartment for a decade before I realized the stove didn’t work. So, I don’t cook, but I do know how to pick up the phone. When I need something more than the basics, I always call on Lisa! For the past eight years, Lisa’s been helping me with lunches, meetings, and large events. When Lisa caters, she often becomes the event, as her menu is fun, delicious, and healthy. She and her staff are professional and genuine, as well" Okay, okay I will stop with all my compliments :P
Hi! I am Rory – an Art History buff with specialization in Speakeasies and I am also a licensed NYC Travel guide! You see, I am New York City. Yup, you read it right – I AM NYC! Let’s back track to why I am NYC – my great grandfather was the architect and musician to the King of Norway, my father was a prince of his tribe in Nigera, my grandmother was a first generation Irish American and her parents’ legacy began on Ellis Island. So I am a Nigerian, Scottish, Irish and English mix born and raised in NYC – making me same as the very fabric that creates New York City! So what made me become an Art Historian with a profound knowledge of Speakeasies? Well, I started off as a professional Ballet Dancer and from there, switched to theater where I was fortunate to perform several Shakespearean plays. This kindled a deep appreciation and thirst to pursue further knowledge of art history. Why Speakeasies? Great question – the prohibition era was the first time in America’s history where all races and sexes were treated equally – it didn’t matter if you were white or black, man or woman, rich or poor – everyone was the same when trying to sneak in some alcohol! This was the first time women were allowed to open and own bars! That was a huge step given the state women’s rights were in during that time!
Hello! My name is Shahrukh and I serve one of the best halal food at the corner of 47th and Park. My clients are all these Investment Banker types from Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, Barclays – you name it and I guarantee I have someone or the other from that bank as my regular customer! I am originally from Dhaka, Bangladesh and came to the United States almost 18 years ago when I was in my mid-20s. My uncle had moved to the US quite a few years ago and gave us the most fortunate opportunity of our lives by sponsoring my family & my visa for greencard. I was studying to be a Doctor when I moved here however, couldn’t continue with my studies once in US due to the high education costs and not having enough funds to pay for university. So to make ends meet, like a lot of immigrants in the US, I soon became a taxi driver. I did this for almost 6 years and as luck would have it, on a blessed day, I picked up a passenger who owned & distributed the food carts that virtually every food cart vendors used. He made his pitch on why I should leave the taxi business and move into the food serving business, discussed the financial upside and I was convinced! I always loved to cook and thought why not!
Hi! My name is Liu and I will sell you the best goddamn Hermes bag that you can ever lay your eyes on (seriously, no exaggerations!) I am not an Hermes salesman – I sell the lesser expensive, fake brother of it. I kind of like to think of myself as a Messiah – helping average people live extra-ordinarily and enjoy the finer things of life (of course the Hermes folks would disagree!) I have been in this business for almost 20 years – started off by selling Louis Vuitton bags, then Michael Kors on the streets and finally upgraded myself to Hermes. Why is that an upgrade you ask? You see re-creating a Louis Vuitton or Michael Kors bags is extremely simple – very simple designs plastered all across the bag. Hermes, is more about the quality of the product than stamping the bag with a logo. When you see an Hermes, you know it’s an Hermes, because of the craftsmanship involved. Anyway, I have been doing this for 20 years and the reason I decided to pursue this path was plain and simple – I didn’t want to work for anyone else but be my own boss
My name is Phil and I used to be a NYC subway performer. Used to mainly because I did that for 2 years after college (it was right after the recession and things were not looking too good job-wise for a Music Major). Now that I am married with a kid, I don’t think my wife would be too ecstatic of me going back to my old days! Although I do miss it a lot! I am currently an iOS developer at an up & coming startup – self taught myself how to code but we are not here for that! Today, I will talk about my former life as a Subway singer.
My name is Peter and I am a Pet-Food Taster. I cannot tell you the company I work for since I am still working for them but what I can tell you is that this job is not as wild as you imagine! It’s actually fun (depending on your idea of fun) Okay let’s get a couple of things straightened:
My name is Jesse and I am a Fortune Cookie Writer! Well retired now but Yes that is a job, Yes I made my career out of it and Yes it is as fun as you would have imagined! I have also worked with the famous Donald Lau – the top Fortune Cookie Writer who recently quit due to writer’s block (Yes it IS a thing even in this profession). Anyway, the way I got into this industry and career was mainly to make some income. I was fresh out of college and wanted to be a professional writer (No you don’t need a college degree for this job! Sorry Ma!). I did some freelance gigs here and there but nothing was concrete and more importantly, none of them gave me the joy & satisfaction I was craving. Anyway, one day, while looking through the classifieds for freelance writing gigs, I came across an advert for the now Wonton Foods Inc. for a professional writer who could write inspirational quotes for fortune cookies. More than anything I was just intrigued and called them up to see if this was for real. Lo and behold, it was and I got the job!
My name is David – I am originally from China but moved to the beautiful NYC 3 years ago! I live in Chinatown and own my own hair salon – CLW Hair Fashion. I started this hair salon with a few of my friends a few months ago and knock on wood, we have been doing pretty well for ourselves (check out our Yelp reviews if you don’t believe me! :P) I cut both Men & Women’s hair, although to be honest, I prefer women’s mainly because there are so many intricacies involved and I can be creative with my styles. I started cutting hair when I was a 15 year old growing up in one of China’s industrious cities. My parents (more so my mom) was very against me cutting hair for a hobby and trying to make a living out of it. At that time, I didn’t understand why they were so against it, but now that I am a 32 year old, I kinda get it – there is a big culture of saving face and showing the people around you that your child is doing great things in their life. Haircutting in China is not too highly looked upon and so I can understand why they didn’t want me to pursue it. Anyway, now that I have my own salon and have a good stream of clients constantly coming in, my parents are more relieved and I want to say even proud of me! I host the ‘Learn basics of Hair cutting' on MYrago. Hope you enjoy my ‘Day in the Life’
If you have ever been to/live in NYC, you have most definitely heard “You want good Arepas? Go to Queens!” Great Feijoada? Tamal? Asado? Queens, Queens and Queens! So why is it that this melting pot of cultures has such a significant Latin American influence? According to 2015 Census figures, more than half the residents of the largest borough of NYC, are of international ethnicities. What this means, is that Queens is home to New York’s largest Peruvian, Brazilian, Cuban, Colombian populations—to name just a few. There are plenty more statistics we could toss around, but we’d rather talk about how this cultural concentration happened!
Many Jazz fans wrongly assume that New York but more importantly Harlem was the birthplace of Jazz. Although, today Harlem IS the cornerstone for cutting edge Jazz, New York was, at first, completely opposed to Jazz! To the point that the NY Times actually utilized scary stories & headlines to pick on jazz – e.g. Siberian villagers using jazz to scare off bears, when in fact they had used pots and pans; another story claimed that the fatal heart attack of a celebrated conductor was caused by jazz!
But before we go into how Jazz ended up in New York, let’s take a moment to understand how, why and where Jazz was first created.