Although there’s a decidedly hard-stepping electronic context to the music on Sirma‘s Instincts EP, you can hear the Istanbul by-way-of Brooklyn artist’s conservatory training and Middle Eastern classical influence creeping through the cracks in the polished facade.
Sirma, who’s studied at prestigious musical institutions in both Turkey and the States, and was, among other honors, chosen to represent her country on their official 2010 World Cup soundtrack, has since decamped to New York. We asked her to showcase some of her favorite parts of her adopted city.
Gantry Plaza State Park, Long Island City, Queens
I live right by this park in Long Island City. One of my favorite things to do is to take a long walk there, listening to music, looking over the Manhattan skyline and East River. It’s the best view there is… Kind of reminds me of the Bosphorus in Istanbul.
My biggest excuse to take the East River ferry so often this summer was the fact that the local G train was down. The ferry has been the most fun and easiest form of transportation from Long Island City to Brooklyn for me ever since.
Bosie Tea Parlor, Greenwich Village
As soon as I moved to New York City, I looked up cafes with the best tea menus and Bosie Tea Parlor was the clear winner. I’m a bit of a tea addict, and Bosie definitely has the widest selection I’ve ever seen. Not to mention the incredible macarons and French pastries. All in all, this is my happy place. I come here to chill with friends or just to get some work done. It instantly puts me in a good mood.
Carré d’artistes, Greenwich Village
I came across this French gallery when I was on my way to a meeting one day, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Contemporary art at its best! All of their artists are very unique and they introduce new artists every six weeks. If I’m in the neighborhood, I often take 15 minutes out of my day to go there and check out what’s new
Porto Rico Importing Co., Williamsburg
Whenever I go on a stroll in Williamsburg, this place is one of my destinations. I love picking out fresh ground coffee from Porto Rico. Definitely one of my favorites.