A southerner by birth but a New Yorker since 1997, I recently emigrated from brownstone Brooklyn to Rockaway Beach, Queens, trading in the cafes, bars and hipster-mommy scene for a view of the ocean from my front porch (that's right, a porch in NYC!). I work in magazine publishing in DUMBO and like to do craftsy stuff sometimes like crocheting stuffed animals for my friends who have babies. I also like to paddle-surf when I'm not too scared of the ocean. I have a five-year-old daughter who kicks butt and will hopefully learn to swim soon so she can start taking surfing lessons. I like to stay in apartments when I travel and tend to favor the meandering approach to touring a city or a country. Some of my recent destinations has been Rincon, PR, La Libertad, El Salvador, and my home state of North Carolina.