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  • 23 References 5 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Arabic, Spanish
  • 27, Male
  • Member since 2011
  • Intern at the NYC Department of City Planning
  • Hunter College
  • From Valley Stream, NY, USA
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About Me

Hey there I'm Daniel. I'm a mix of Puerto Rican and Jewish-American. I graduated from university in 2012 and have been through a number of different jobs. Right now I work as a Youth Counselor in Queens Library.

Meeting new and different people is something that happens a lot in New York. Although New Yorkers have a rep for being tough and cold to each other I am outgoing and can easily enjoy a stranger's company.

I love to experiment with different food dishes when time and resources are available. I make a great Lentil Soup too. Mastering the Creme Brule is high on my to-do-list.

I bike for utilitarian reasons. After studying in the Netherlands my love for bicycles has soared. Though the United States as a whole isn't a bicycle paradise I adapt as best I can to make cycling an integral part of my life.

In November 2014 I started working on a project to expand the New York City Greenway/Bikeway network into Southeast Queens. You can check it out on http://southqueensgreenway.com

Whats your story?

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

Originally I started here because I was told it would be a thrifty way of seeing Europe when my wallet was shriveling up on me in Europe 2011. Maastricht, The Hague (Den Haag), Brussels, Luxembourg and Vienna were much easier to experience knowing that I had a place I could stay.

Later, when I returned home to New York, I saw the other side of CS, the side that put strangers together with traveling as the common thread. It was a surreal experience.

Also as an emerging professional I hope also to use Couchsurfing as a networking tool. I see a lot of professionals on here so I figure its a great place to meet intelligent people.

Since I still live at home I cannot host. I've tried to convince my parents but was successful. When I move out I plan to change this.


Cycling, Sailing, Languages, Programming Languages, Geographic Information Systems, Cooking, Environmental Issues, The Waterfront, Literature, Dating, Graphic Art, Photography

  • arts
  • literature
  • singing
  • photography
  • dining
  • cooking
  • partying
  • traveling
  • piano
  • cycling
  • sailing
  • languages
  • law
  • ocean
  • waterfront

Music, Movies, and Books

Currently reading through 'Savages' by Shirley Conran. I am also working through 'The High Cost of Free Parking' by Donald C. Shoup. I truly hate this question because I don't really have favorites. I enjoy the book and move on.

Just watched Revenant and Star Wars recently!

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach you a couple basic songs on the piano. I just learned 'U Remind Me' by Usher. It made a great sing along for 2015-2016 New Years party.

I'd love to learn more Spanish and even some German. I'd also like to learn programming (learning Python at the moment). Lastly if you know how to Windsurf or Kitesurf that would be neat!

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Jamaica, Poland, Puerto Rico, Slovakia, Spain, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

Netherlands, United States

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