Hugo Mendoza was raised in the Bronx. Today, he works for streetwear brand Stüssy and lives between New York and Toronto. According to Hugo, New York is best described as a "melting pot of hundreds, thousands of different cultures." With such a rich heritage of immigration, in NY "if you are broke and can't afford traveling, you can pull up to any of the boroughs and catch a little piece of the world in any little bodega or restaurant."
The OG borough for Mendoza, of course, is the Bronx. "The energy and culture in there is like no other. On any day during the summer you can walk through many blocks and witness some sidewalk BBQs, a block party, some old Dominican dudes playing dominoes in front of the bodega." Read his guide to see all of the gems within this under-explored borough, from museums and murals to authentic Dominican spots. One tip from Hugo is, when in NY, "eat good and go relax on the grass at Pelham Bay Park."