MEET AMANDA ALBORANO
As the collective of influencers and creators and photographers and bloggers becomes over saturated, it's been tough to find women who are cool, who do good work and who still want to learn, all in one person.
Knowing someone and cosigning someone are two very different things that have started to get muddled within groups of NYC cool kids. Everyone acts as if he/she is an expert on everything versus being honest about what they don't know and my clear frustrated about all of this boiled over as I vented to the king of championing talent that is genuine, Josh Madden.
He then asked if I knew Amanda Alborano, assuring me that she was in fact, all of the things I'm looking for when I'm considering women to feature for BWOB. And funnily enough, he sent her an email, she was a couple of blocks away, and not more than a half hour later, we got a coffee and she was everything I had hoped for when I meet women for BWOB: Honest, not after the numbers, after the work, constantly crafting, always looking to learn, pushing herself not for the sake of standing out, but being over all, on another level, better.
She's a part of Basis NY, which I've heard about for a while. While the Internet definitely brings people "together," meeting them IRL can take some time. Amanda was the reason I finally met her brother Chris, who took these photos of Amanda, and the third part of Basis, Christian.
Follow us as we follow Amanda this week and see her new and old NY from the eyes of a photographer, student, member of Basis NY and all around great girl.
For sure Roll ’n’ Roaster, it's right across from the water in Sheepshead Bay, it’s probably been there forever. They have the meanest roast beef sandwich with melted cheese. It’s the best (semi) fast food place to ever exist in my opinion.
2901 Emmons Ave., BKLYN
READ: SPOONBILL & SUGARTOWN
This spot is full of inspiration. It’s a book store that sometimes holds little events and has a large collection of really tight art books. But they also have a cat that roams around the store and I am very afraid of cats so I try to avoid it at all costs. I’m sure it’s an awesome cat...
218 Bedford Ave., BKLYN
TOURIST ATTRACTION: L&B SPUMONI GARDENS
I’m not sure if this is a tourist attraction but every tourist should go here. They have the most delicious square slice you can ever imagine. If you don’t like pizza, which would be madness, you’ll probably like it after you try it from here. I don't know what it is with their secret recipe but their bread and sauce tastes better than anything I’ve had in my life.
2725 86th St., BKLYN
Shop: By Brooklyn
The type of store you walk into with no intention of buying anything and walk out with a bunch of things you never knew you needed. Everything in the store was created in Brooklyn and they have all types of unique trinkets.
261 Smith St., BKLYN
Take a guy friend: Black Bear Bar
I just turned 21 so I’ve only been to this spot once at random with a group of my friends. The idea of it is pretty awesome. Its a bar but also has a skate area, you have to sign a waiver and you can skate in a bowl that they have, in the bar! I have yet to go back because I’m trying to get my skills up.
70 N. 6th St., BKLYN
Dance: In a pick up truck on the BQE
Since I’m always trekking back and forth from the studio to Long Island, which is a 30 minute drive on a good day, but usually longer with traffic, I can always be seen jamming to the Classic Vinyl station on Sirius.
Think: By the water
I like clear my head and think by running, so any place I can run is my favorite place to think. I really love the ocean, so anywhere near bodies of water is calming for me, especially along the East River/Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Take a girlfriend: Bike ride over the Brooklyn Bridge
I think majority of my girl friends haven't even walked across the bridge. I think it’s something that has to be experienced if you live in NY! I’ve actually never road over on a bike, only walked, so I’m using this as an open invitation.
AMANDA IS A PHOTOGRAPHER AND STUDENT AND A PART OF BASIS NY. MEET AMANDA.
INTERVIEW: SARAH KIM
PHOTOGRAPHY: Chris and Amanda ALBORANO OF BASIS NY