#whorunNYad: Pilar Torcal
Many of the people I’m meeting in New York come from Barcelona, like me, but we never had the chance to meet there. Their dreams brought them here and their talent made them stay. They are contributing to New York’s creative industry with their amazing background, hard work and the inspiration that only a city like New York can provide. I’m happy I can introduce them to you here, with #whorunNYad.
Let me introduce you to Pilar Torcal.
In the creative industry…
Who are you, what do you do and where?
Why do you do what you do?
Because I believe in function and beauty as a way to make people’s lives easier.
What keeps you inspired?
Everything! From feelings to news, stuff that I hear or see in the street, my plants or the blogs that I visit on a daily basis. Inspiration can come from really anything.
What brought you here?
I loved this city since I first stepped into it 7 years ago. I came with my parents the first time in 2010 and had this strong gut feeling, I knew I was going to live here since the very first day. I’m originally from Barcelona and New York felt like a really big Barcelona.
We have this bad image about Americans being all fat and ignorant over there… and then you come to New York and it’s totally different from what I imagined. The city feels really alive and it’s always vibrant, for the good and for the bad.
What keeps you sane?
My mother. Meditation. Music. The birds chirping outside of my window. Sunny days. All the good friends I made here, who are part of my family already. Sex.
Where do you go to get great coffee / drinks?
Difficult to respond this! There’s a lot of expensive coffee here. Good? I honestly can’t tell the difference any more… I like to buy it at Van Leuween every morning. I pay $5 for it and I think it’s ridiculous, but it’s probably the fanciest I go on the regular. Drinks together with jazz music at Smalls Jazz Bar.