Victoria Bekiempis

Reporter/Producer @vicbekiempis vbekiempis@dnainfo.com

Victoria Bekiempis is a reporter/producer for DNAinfo.com New York covering the Upper East Side.

Victoria, a Tampa, Fla. native, moved to New York in late 2009 after freelancing and translating her way through Chile and Bolivia. 

She has been lucky enough to live in Bushwick, Windsor Terrace, Yorkville, Washington Heights and Williamsburg — and inhale these neighborhoods' wonderful foods — during her time in the city.

Prior to joining DNAinfo, Victoria worked at the Village Voice and completed internships at news organizations across the U.S. and abroad, such as the the The Tampa Bay Times, the Associated Press' Lima, Peru, bureau, the Bradenton Herald and the Daily Hampshire Gazette — where she won an investigative reporting award for an expose of a shady developer.

She has contributed to the Guardian, Bitch magazine and the Daily News, among others.

She has also worked her fair share of odd jobs, including cocktail waitressing at the Continental and cat care-taking at a feline hotel in her hometown called "Kitty City."

Victoria studied philosophy, Spanish, and French at the University of South Florida, but really spent all her time at the school newspaper, the Oracle.

Victoria reads a lot and likes Star Trek more than she would care to admit.

Fun Fact: Victoria has a machete scar from blazing a trail in the Amazon.
 

Upper East Side & Roosevelt Island »

October 11, 2013

City Council Candidate Made 'Battlestar Galactica'-Themed Passover Website

Ben Kallos acknowledged he created the site for those wanting to host a "Battlestar"-style seder.

Upper East Side & Roosevelt Island »

October 11, 2013

Unlimited Mimosas to Flow at Maya's Mexican Brunch for Columbus Day

The Upper East Side Eatery will feature "bottomless brunch" offerings to celebrate the holiday.

Upper East Side & Roosevelt Island »

October 9, 2013

New Met Exhibit Highlights Non-Western Art

The show celebrates former Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller's contribution to the Met's non-Western art.

Upper East Side & Roosevelt Island »

October 8, 2013

Antique Show Preview Party Raises Funds for Memorial Sloan-Kettering

The event takes place on Oct. 24, 2013 at the Park Avenue Armory.

Upper East Side & Roosevelt Island »

October 7, 2013

Stairway Adorned with 'Heavenly Quotes' Unveiled at City Museum

A MCNY staircase has been adorned with quotes and images about the city's history.

Harlem »

October 4, 2013

Local Leaders Launch First Latino Book Fair in East Harlem

El Festival Del Libro will take place in El Barrio on Oct. 12.

Upper East Side & Roosevelt Island »

October 3, 2013

Doggie Halloween 'Pawty' to Celebrate Opening of New UES Grooming Shop

The event takes place at Ruby and Jacks Doggy Shack at 1146 Second Ave. on Oct. 10.

Upper East Side & Roosevelt Island »

October 2, 2013

Illuminated Torah on Display at Metropolitan Museum of Art

The manuscript dates to the 15th century and will be on view until January 2014.