Hi, I'm Sheena.

Welcome to my portfolio and journal. I'm into travel, food, art and design, wellness, sustainability and mental health.

I'm a freelance writer and photographer and the creative director of LOVER, an online magazine, editorial and visual content studio and (anti)model agency.

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VISUAL DIARY AND A LITTLE GUIDE TO: NEW YORK

VISUAL DIARY AND A LITTLE GUIDE TO: NEW YORK

- Get on the water by catching the free Staten Island ferry and see the Statue of Liberty.

- A great view of Lady Liberty is also possible from one of my favourite neighbourhoods, Red Hook.

- Get falafel at Mamouns and sit with the buskers in Washington Square Park.

- If you’re in New York for a long time and want to get your hands dirty or lounge in a semi private garden, you’ll find that New York neighbourhoods have community gardens where membership is cheap ($10-20 annually) and gets you a key.

- Hire a rowboat at the Boathouse in Central Park. It’s $15 an hour for upto four people and just a lovely way to spend an afternoon. Or just get a drink with a picture perfect view if you’re lazy.

- Head to Bushwick for lots of street art and delicious tacos and arepas.

- Explore Alphabet city. Get the ridiculous fries at Pommes Frites and for dessert, get a giant softie from Big Gay Ice cream. Check out the vintage shops and then head to Black Market, one of the NYC's sexiest bars that my friend Isaac introduced me to.

- Walk the Highline, Manhattan’s elevated rail line turned park and people watch or check out the sunset over the Hudson.

- Visit the MET (Entry by donation and you can take a break halfway and head to the amazing rooftop for a drink).

- Visit the MOMA too (free entry on Friday evenings between 4 and 8). Fuel up before you go with a big platter of halal chicken and rice from The Halal Guys. There are tons of sculptures in Midtown if you stroll around including the giant red LOVE sculpture by Robert Indiana.

- Head to Dumbo for spectacular views of the bridges and the Manhattan skyline and walk the Brooklyn bridge. Check out Front General Store, Brooklyn’s finest vintage shop, grab a coffee from One Girl Cookies and relax under the archway under Manhattan bridge.

- If you're in NYC in the summer, don't miss the free outdoor film screenings held all over and series of free concerts at Central Park's SummerStage. 

- Stroll down to the incredible Brooklyn Bridge Park. Lush gardens, a crazy view of the financial district, a pop up pool, icecream and lemonade kiosks!

- Catch a gig in New York. Maybe check out what’s on at the big 5. My fave venue is the Bowery Ballroom where I saw Little Dragon last year. This year, I saw Arcade Fire at the Barclays Arena and Bonobo at SummerStage.

- For Mexican in Manhattan, go to Tacombi at Fonda Nolita. Delish tacos in a super cute setting.

- Shop in Soho. The smaller streets off Broadway are where the independent boutiques are and there are some great sidewalk stalls peddling tribal jewellery. I love the backyard at Saturday’s Surf for a coffee.

- Check out artists and fleas, a cool market in Williamsburg on weekends and in Chelsea, beneath the Highline during the week.

- Get compost cookies and everything else at a Momofuku milk bar. 

- If you decide to explore Williamsburg, check out the Mast Brothers factory and drink cocktails at the chic Wythe Hotel rooftop, Maison Premiere or Cafe Delmano. If you don’t mind queuing check out Smorgasburg, a market of Brooklyn’s best artisanal food trucks held here on Saturdays (Sundays at Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park).

- Go to Coney Island! Eat a hot dog, relax on the beach, ride the amusement park rides and then go to Cafe Kashkar.

- Shop at Printed Matter.

- For a really gorgeous guide to NYC’s best shops, head over to Trottermag.

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