Syeda Tasnim is a Bangladeshi American attorney who will always call New York City home. She grew up in Bedford Park, Bronx, after immigrating there with her family in kindergarten and now lives in Sunnyside, Queens. She takes pride in both boroughs, from the toughness of the Bronx to the diversity of Queens' food. She loves Bangladeshi culture for its food, dress and emphasis on hospitality across socioeconomic status—as well as Bengali arts and language.
WHERE AM I REALLY FROM?
“If the person asking is South Asian, it generally feels safe. They're genuinely interested in who you are or trying to find community. Other people already ‘see me’ before my answer, and I have to tell them I’m as much a New Yorker as anyone else.”