Pamela Schein Murphy is the driving force behind The Select 7, the curated lifestyle website that unlocks the world of today’s tastemakers by exploring their 7 Select interests within the worlds of philanthropy, food, beauty and wellness, travel, fashion, interiors, and social media. This cancer survivor, journalist, mother of two and wife to celeb chef Marc Murphy turned her favorite things into the lifestyle brand, The Select 7. Pamela is also a New Yorker through and through. She draws inspiration from the city and knows it better than anyone. We talked to the multitasking superwoman about all things New York City.
Is there anywhere in NYC that you draw inspiration from?
PAMELA SCHEIN MURPHY: The subway. I know that’s probably the weirdest answer ever, but it’s true. I’m constantly running around and if you live in New York, then you know that the only way to get around is underground — it’s (mostly) quick and efficient. There’s something invigorating about getting on in one neighborhood and coming out somewhere else in what feels like no time at all. Plus, you get to see some pretty crazy sh** down there, and there’s nothing more inspiring than the real NYC.
Do you have any charity ties in New York?
P.S.M: We do a lot of work with City Harvest, New York City’s largest food rescue organization. I’m also on the board of The Joyful Heart Foundation, which is working to end the epidemic of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse.
What's your favorite restaurant or cafe in NYC?
P.S.M:That’s an impossible question. I love different things for different reasons, so …Crispo for Italian because it’s authentic, easy and I love Frank Crispo. Plus, it has the best garden in NY. Landmarc (not because my husband owns it), because the food is amazing, and I love the vibe and the views.Maman on Canal for coffee because it’s in my office building and there’s never been a cuter coffee place ever. Upland because Justin is a genius and his pizzas are heaven. Cafe Storico because it’s my neighborhood spot for all meals, and I love the decor.
What's your favorite NYC bar or lounge?
P.S.M: Gallow Green because I’m still obsessed with Sleep No More all these years later and I love a place that really transports you.
Do you have a favorite salon or spa in NYC?
P.S.M: Total Skin by Angela on East 83rd Street. It’s not fancy and you’d never know it was there, but there’s no better facial. I also love Knockout Beauty on Lexington. I get 99% of my skincare there and its owner, Cayli Cavaco Reck, is a close friend and a true skin whisperer.
What's your favorite fitness center/studio?
P.S.M: I bounce between AKT, Flywheel and Orange Theory.
Are there any places outside of the city you like to escape to for a weekend or overnight trip?
P.S.M: The beach! I’ve been heading east since I was a kid and long before the “Hamptons” were a thing.
Do you have any favorite boutiques or shops in NYC?
P.S.M: I always do really well at The Westside. It’s my vibe 100%.
What are your all time favorite spots in NYC?
P.S.M: The Temple of Dendur at the Met, The Highline and my apartment.
Is there any place or area in NYC you find yourself going back to? If so, why?
P.S.M: We moved uptown about 6 years ago, and I’m constantly running around Central Park. It's a great thoroughfare and it’s kind of amazing to see so much nature in the middle of so much concrete.
Any other hot spots that are a must see or experience?
P.S.M: I’m not sure it’s such a hotspot, but the Museum of the City of New York is a place every person should go.
Why did you choose to start your career in New York? Why have you stayed?
P.S.M: I'm a born and raised New Yorker, and no matter how hard I try to leave this city, there's really nowhere else I want to live (save Paris, but that’s not an actual option at the moment). I love this city — the energy, the people, the grit, the crazy. It gives you every single thing you need, no matter what that is.
How has New York influenced you and your work with The Select 7?
P.S.M: New York makes you stay one step ahead, and it keeps you on your toes. This city opens its doors if you knock hard enough, and I think that running a successful business here means you win. For The Select 7, New York is a constant source of inspiration. You never know who you’ll meet, what you’ll see, where you’ll end up. There’s endless opportunity for connection, and that’s exactly what the site is all about.