Max Sternberg

Where did you grow up/study in Australia?
I studied in Sydney at the International Grammar school until I was 4, at which point I moved to New York City.

Where are some of the interesting places you have lived around the world?
New York and Chicago.

Where are you currently living?
I live in New York but go to Northwestern University in Chicago. In other words, I'm a New Yorker (with Australian heritage) who temporarily resides in Chicago, although I'll be spending the next few months living in Copenhagen. So I'm a New Yorker who temporarily resides in Chicago and for a few months will be living in Denmark.

What do you do?
I'm a student.

What's a hidden secret of your city?
The quiet cobblestone streets in downtown New York. Not only are they historic (New York started using road asphalt in 1872, so the cobblestone, while probably replaced and changed over time, holds a connection to New York's past) but also because there are few other places in Manhattan where you can walk down an entire block in the middle of the street and not get hit by a car.

What's your favorite cafe/bar/restaurant in your current city?
There are too many favorites in New York and Chicago, but I feel less guilty naming Tank Noodle as one of my favorites for Chicago because I don't know the area as well. Someone told me it's been voted the best Vietnamese restaurant in Chicago something like 5 years running, I'd believe it. It's also pretty cheap, which for a student is great.

Describe your adopted hometown/current city in three words.
That's too challenging. I mean answering the question. Those aren't my three words.

What do you miss most about Australia when you are overseas?
Tim Tams, Golden Gaytimes, the beach and my family.

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