Mashael Alsaie is a Bahraini photographer and videographer, whose art captures the beauty of everyday moments, immersing the viewer in the scenes she creates. Since Mashael Alsaie bought her first film camera in Amman, it has become her way of preserving people and places with special meaning.

She’s based between Bahrain, the UAE, and New York. However, she’s been spending most of her time in New York in the past recent months. And as a true New Yorker, Mashael has a busy Mapster. From hidden gems in Brooklyn to cool vintage shops in the East Village, Mashael shared with us her go-to spots.

Top 5 Picks

Noguchi Museum – “I  literally go here to sit in the garden.”

Location: 9-01 33rd Rd, Queens, NY 11106

Ad hoc collective – “I share this one reluctantly because It has a special place in my heart.”

Location: 13 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014

Cooper Hewitt Museum – “Depends on the exhibition, but the back room is a great place to read.”

Location: 2 E 91st St, New York, NY 10128

Roberta’s – “Pizza, classic.”

Location: 230 Park Ave, New York, NY 10169

Sultan Room – “The programming here is fantastic. They hosted Disco Tehran in the past.”

Location: 234 Starr St, Brooklyn, NY 11237

Breakfast & Coffee Runs

Librae Bakery

Location: 35 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003

Head Hi 

Location: 146 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205


Location: 189 Roebling St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Win Son Bakery 

Location: 164 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206

Grab a bite or two

Rule of Thirds

Location: 171 Banker St, Brooklyn, NY 11222


Location: 71 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012


Location: 248 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Taqueria Ramirez

Location: 94 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Cute Bookstores

Printed Matter 

Location: 231 11th Ave, New York, NY 10001

The Bookstore at CARA

Location: 225 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

Where to Shop

Mirth Vintage

Location: 606 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Village rival records

Location: 197 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012

Café forgot 

Location: 29 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

Shooting your stay on film? Here’s where to process it.

Luster in East Village 

Location: 121 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

Bleeker digital solutions  

Location: 85 Kenmare St Ground Floor, NY 10012

Rand Al-Hadethi is an art, culture, and fashion writer who approaches all her creative endeavours with a penchant for storytelling. She explores the intersection of fashion, culture, and society and sheds light on talent and cultural movements across the Middle East and the world. Rand also publishes a bi-monthly themed substack newsletter called WebWeaver™. To reach Rand, email her at or follow her on social media @rundoozz.