Back in Edinburgh I used to interview bloggers about their favourite eateries etc, now that I find myself in New York I thought it would be worthwhile to interview my friends who have also moved across the Atlantic and what they have experienced so far. Often people ask me if they should make the move, or if I am enjoying my time here and if I am honest you really need more than one opinion – so this is my way of giving it to you.
What better way to start off this new series with my own roommate, Mrs positive rainbows and sunshine – Flo.
What is your name / age and where are you from?
My name is Flo, Flaps, Florence, Florenzo, Floseph, Floster and Floz – I’m 22 and from Cambridge, which got its name from the River Cam which runs through the city and there are also so many bridges, I think about 12 or something.
Why did you decide to come to New York to study and work?
I decided to that I was not quite ready to embrace post university reality and thought WHY BLOODYYY NOT EY? I wanted to break away from the nest and set myself a challenge. I decided that I wanted to study because it’s exciting to learn new things, and the opportunity to study and work simultaneously just works perfectly for me as I have no real work experience :).
Where do you work/what is your role?
I work at Dow Jones as a Corporate Marketing Coordinator, doing a lot of coordinating and mincing around, making friends and drinking coffee. I work in a relatively small team supporting campaign management, analytics, events, demand generation support, yeah all fun and games.
How are you finding living in New Jersey?
NJ is alright, apart from the lack of available food shops. Our local is extortionate and to just put it in perspective – one cauliflower costs $7.99 (that’s 5.93 POUNDS)… BUT the best thing about NJ is the view we get of Manhattan which is incredible.
How are you finding having a roommate?
She’s a weeeee nightmare – and wets the bed all the time…
Kiddding, she’s my new best friend and I tell her all the time and she hates it. I force her to hug me and again she hates it 🙂 but it all works perfectly and I would not change her for the world!!
Have you been to New York before? (If so, has your perspective changed? If not, is it what you imagined?)
No, I’m an American virgin, never stepped foot on the soil and it has exceeded my expectations by a v long way.
What has been your favourite memory of your year so far?
God this is a hard one, I would say, renting cars and roadtrippping for Thanksgiving was so special, with my best buds, the views were amazing, the songs were blarringgg and all the leaves were yellow and red so the forests looked like flameeee.
What is your favourite area of New York and why?
I would say the West Village is probably my favourite just because there are so many amazing independent coffee shops, little restaurants, everything is lowrise and just more relaxed. Also, you see the most bizarre breeds of dogs there.
What is your favourite restaurant and why?
It’s a tough one, I have been pretty underwhelmed with the food over here for how expensive it is. This is a really rogue one but I’m going to have to say a little ramen shop in East Village was amazing, and I literally cannot remember the name for the life of me…
What is your favourite bar and why?
Favourite bar has to be rooftop of Hotel 1 in Brooklyn, go for sunset and see the skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge all in one.. **Drinks are not cheap though**
What is your favourite happy hour and why?
There is a bar next to where I work in Midtown called Haven which has a pretty good happy hour, all wine and beer is $5 for a large.. It is also the first bar people at work took me and now we’re regulars and also my really good mates.. Kinda cute.
If someone had one day to spend in New York what should they do?
So I would ensure they wake up early, get the subway up to central park and then work their way down to ultimately finish with drinks at the 1 hotel.
- Central park on bike
- Coffee break from street vendor
- Walk to the Rockefeller Centre, see the lights, go to up to the Rainbow Rooms to get a nice view
- West Village – Toby’s Estate Coffee
- Make way to World Trade Centre – go to viewing platform
- Walk over Brooklyn Bridge
- End up at 1 Hotel Brooklyn
Have you traveled anywhere during your time here? Where and why?
Yes a little but hopefully there is more in store, so I have been to Orchard Farm which I think was in New Jersey and we went to get in the mood for Fall. Then for Thanksgiving we had a little road trip to Pennsylvania – to the Poconos for a mountain retreat!
What is something you didn’t know about New York/USA until you got here?
I didn’t know how much they would struggle to understand me. I honestly get blank looks sometimes after I have spoken.
What is one thing you miss from home?
I miss being able to nip down to a Coop express or Sainsburys local and get some decent humus, some veg and chicken and it equate to under 7 quid and still be good quality…
After this year, if you could stay and live in New York, would you? Why?
Well.. I mean a lot has changed for me so I am open to anything, if something amazing crops up then why not – but equally I don’t see myself here long term!
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