Activist and community advocate Sabrina Reveron arrived in New York with her dog Scooby-Doo in 2015. Since then, she has made Hell’s Kitchen her home and focused on local issues with Community Board 4. Here is Sabrina’s West Side Story.
So, what’s your New York story? Born here, or just arrived?
I was born in Caracas, Venezuela. I arrived in NYC in August 2015.
What was your first job? What do you do now?
My first job was as a Student Worker at the Center for International Education, at Webster University. Currently, I am a Senior Analyst at the NYC Office of Management and Budget.
What’s your favorite New York minute (or moment) so far?
There have been so many moments… A favorite is when New Yorkers came together clapping each day to give thanks and gratitude to the City’s frontline workers. It reminded me of the sacrifice of our City and that we were not alone.
Share with us why you love Hell’s Kitchen
I love the diversity, the food, the community — and the proximity to Central Park and Broadway.
What’s your superpower or hidden talent?
My superpower is that I always try to be kind. I think we can be kind and strong at the same time. I love languages. I am a native Spanish speaker and I also speak French.
What else should we know about you?
The main reason why I left Venezuela is due to the collapse of democracy. I am very grateful that I found a community in Hell’s Kitchen and a city that has welcomed me and my dog Scooby-Doo. I am a member of Manhattan Community Board 4, I volunteer in causes that are close to my heart and do my best to serve the greatest city in the World, the City of New York, as a public servant.
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Sabrina’s Favorite West Side Places
Ez Paella —744 9th Avenue (bw W50/51st St)
I love the fusion between Venezuelan food and Spanish food. I love the hospitality, I love the Empanadas and I love that there is a little bit of Venezuela in this restaurant.
Dolly Varden — 302 W51st Street (bw 8th/9th Ave)
I come here for the cocktails and their brunch menu. It’s a perfect place for a drink before/after a Broadway Show.
Flaming Saddles Saloon —793 9th Avenue (bw W52/53rd St)
I love this place to dance, sing along and enjoy country music. The dancing in the bar is so cool!
Amy’s Bread — 672 9th Avenue (bw W46/47th St)
It has the hospitality of a small town, really yummy croissants and strong coffee, and all the items on its menu are delicious.
Nams Nail Spa — 451 W46th Street (bw 9th/10th Ave)
I’ve been coming to Nams since they were located on W47th. The customer service is wonderful, the staff is super kind and professional.
Alfie’s — 800 9th Avenue (bw W53/54th St)
I love to come here for Happy Hour and American food. The staff is super friendly.
Hudson Bagel — 691 9th Avenue (bw W47/48th St)
The best place for bagels in Hell’s Kitchen!
‘ritas — 756 9th Avenue (bw W50/51st St)
Their Margaritas and Burritos are great!
Chalong NYC —749 9th Avenue (bw W50/51st St)
My new favorite restaurant. The food and service are excellent. Love the crab curry, the oyster salad and the coconut water drink!
Delphinium Home — 353 W47th Street (bw 8th/9th Ave)
Very friendly staff, cute gifts. Love to support them!
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