Ahead of the new season, the man behind the on-screen struggling actor, Tituss Burgess, shared with us a few things about his own experience of coming to the city and how he deals with the craziness of his new home.
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“I love sitting in my backyard,” he said. “Grilling out. It’s calm. I love sitting out there when it’s raining. Sounds nuts, I know, but I love it.”
Originally from Georgia, Burgess moved to NYC in 2003. His first digs were in Inwood. Unlike most of us who’ve had a Craigslist nightmare or three, Burgess lucked out: “All of my roommates have been friends of mine,” he told us. “Other than getting on each other’s nerves, I’ve not had any real nightmares.”
The 37-year-old is now living in Harlem with his partner, Pablo Salinas, and their two dogs.
Harlem is also home to a couple of his favorite bars: Mess Hall, known to locals for its relaxed vibe and “adult happy hour:” a hot dog with fancy toppings, a can of beer and a shot for $10, is number one for the actor. Harlem Food Bar, four blocks down the street and also on Frederick Douglass Boulevard, “is a close second.”
Credit: 1) Anthony Lanzilote. 2) Credit: Mess Hall via Facebook.