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COLLiDE Travel is an interactive collection of city guides curated by local bands, artists and tastemakers. Spanning the globe, hundreds of creatives have shared their favorite local hangs, from the underground to the upscale, and everything in between. So choose a city and start exploring!
Ro Ransom

Ro Ransom is an NYC original, and he incorporates the city’s enigmatic appeal into his unique sound. Just as New York’s glamorous image contrasts with its gritty underbelly, Ro Ransom’s soft-spoken presentation is tempered by pointed annunciations and crisp, catchy rhythms. He says,

“I absolutely draw inspiration from my city — I think my city is the reason my music is always dark / electric at the same time. Everybody here has lived a crazy life, has crazy stories to tell. There is no normal here. New York doesn’t give a fuck about you and it’ll eat you alive. It’s beautiful in that way.”

Ro Ransom raps with a cool mellowness that belies the music’s piercing production. Like a tiger trap disguised under a bed of flowers, the seductive danger of NYC manifests on his latest release “Floetry” (ft Kensei Abbot). Listen to “Floetry” and be sure to check out Ro Ransom’s favorite NY spots below.

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New York City, NY
food
Mikey Likes It Ice Cream
"...I absolutely love it because it's pop culture -- the flavors are based on musicians and cultural icons. My order is (obviously) We Need A Resolution, the Aaliyah flavor. There's a crazy James Brown chocolate pumpkin flavor thing too if I remember correctly. Definitely the most swag ice cream spot." -Ro Ransom
Mikey Likes It Ice Cream, Avenue A, New York, NY, USA
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bar
169 Bar
An iconic bar on Manhattan's Lower East Side, with oysters and a leopard-print pool table. Menu and music inspired by the owner's New Orleans roots. Recommended by Ro Ransom
169 Bar, East Broadway, New York, NY, USA
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coffee
Manhattanville Coffee
"My favorite coffee shop in Harlem is definitely Manhattanville Coffee. It's lowkey and close to the park, some nature to help us get in touch with the universe in crazy hectic Manhattan. I get cold brew, with the particulars depending on my mood. It's a mystery ;)" -Ro Ransom
Manhattanville Coffee, Edgecombe Avenue, New York, NY, USA
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theater
Apollo Theater
The world-renowned Apollo Theater is a Harlem icon. Notable for launching the careers of numerous superstars, the Apollo still hosts its famous amateur night as well as top-notch performers from around the globe.
Apollo Theater, West 125th Street, New York, NY, USA
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hotel
PUBLIC
New York's PUBLIC hotel offers a comprehensive boutique experience encompassing curated rooms, dining, entertainment, and shopping. PUBLIC is the latest development of hotelier Ian Schrager, best known for the infamous Studio 54. With its modern take on New York nightlife, PUBLIC is the place to be among the city's young and hip. -Recommended by Ro Ransom
PUBLIC, Chrystie Street, New York, NY, USA
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shopping
The Good Company
"My favorite boutique in the city is actually probably The Good Company. They're one of the only spots that have kept any semblance of the streetwear culture I grew up with alive. I appreciate them for that." -Ro Ransom
The Good Company NYC, Allen Street, New York, NY, USA
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