Have You Met… Niamh?

‘Have You Met…’ Is a series I started to originally interview restaurants, then I moved onto bloggers and now since moving to New York the series has turned to others who are new to the city and the USA trying to find out what they have learned and their favourite places to visit. To read my other interviews head here

Have you met…Niamh? 

What is your name / age and where are you from?

Niamh Mullan – 26 (25 when I started MB haha). Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Why did you decide to come to New York to study and work?

No idea. The chance to live in New York and work for a global company. The study was just a must do for me as I already have a Masters.

Where do you work/what is your role?

Thomson Reuters – Proposition Marketing Executive

How are you finding living in New Jersey?

NJ is better than I was expecting – quiet, clean, safe, cheap…cheaper. Sometimes it’s nice to remove yourself from the busy city after a long day and Hoboken is a cute wee place.
THE BEST BIT – the view. Every time you look at the view it makes you realize you’re actually living (well really working) in NYC .
THE WORST BIT- the PATH train at the weekends.

How are you finding having a roommate?

Honestly not as bad as I was expecting, you get used to it very quickly. Obviously I am super excited to get my own space again however I didn’t even apply for the single as I would rather a roommate with a big room and en-suite than the small noisy single with shared bathroom.

Have you been to New York before? (If so, has your perspective changed? If not, is it what you imagined?)

I came to New York in 2005 when I was about 15 and hated it. I thought it was dirty and busy and scary. I came back again in 2015, enjoyed it, did all the touristy stuff. Moved here for Mountbatten in 2017 and I LOVE it, living here is very very different from being a tourist here, you go from loving Times Square to hating it and begin to discover all the cool unique things the city has to offer that tourists wouldn’t normally stumble across.

What has been your favorite memory of your year so far?

Tough Mudder / Chainsmokers Free Concert in Central Park / Thanksgiving / Ice Skating in Central Park / Silly memories getting to know people.

What is your favorite area of New York and why?

Greenwich Village / Meatpacking / Tribeca region for bars & restaurants.

What is your favorite restaurant and why?

Mr Chow – Expensive Chinese but worth it (go restaurant week)

North River Lobster Boat Cruise – sales around the Hudson with seafood & beer (only in summer)

By Chloe – vegan

Jacks Wife Freda – brunch

Smorgasburg – summer food festival

Nom Wah Tea Parlour – cheap dim sum

What is your favorite bar and why?

Fat Cat: fun dive bar/games hall has pool / ping pong etc, Christopher Street

Lower East Side (LES) Bar Crawl: No Fun, Pianos, Hair of the Dog: all fun dive bars right beside each other (look rubbish but very fun, especially after a boozy brunch)

Greenwich Village Bar Crawl: Off the Wagon, Three Sheets Salon and Down the hatch: dive bars with great happy hours

The Frying Pan: bar that’s on a static boat

Mr Purple – Cool Rooftop

The Garrett – speakeasy

What is your favorite happy hour and why?

McSwiggans – all you can eat $5

Greenrock – $1 beers

230th Fifth – tourist rooftop cocktails & beers

Cubbyhole – Tuesday $2 margs / $4 most other days til 1am

If someone had one day to spend in New York what should they do?

Get subway to Dumbo (Brooklyn) have a coffee in a cool coffee shop walk down towards water see Empire State in the distance through the bridge, stop for pizza in Grimaldi’s walk back over Brooklyn Bridge towards the city and explore 9/11 memorial area. Chill then go out in Greenwich village area (can see the friends building and nice houses). Do a bar crawl around Meatpacking stopping to walk a bit of the High Line before going on a night out in Greenwich Village (possibly starting in the Comedy Cellar and probably ending in Off the Wagon).

Or if it’s summer definitely High Line Central Park and over to Smorgasburg in Williamsburg late afternoon followed by bar crawl around Brooklyn including Whyte Hotel/ West Light / The Woods/ Radegast Hall / Freehold Berry Park.

Have you traveled anywhere during your time here? Where and why?

Yes. Lots. My advice is travel as much of the east coast as possible whilst in NYC and save West Coast to your final month. I have done:

  • Washington
  • Poconos
  • Philly
  • Chicago
  • Fall Foliage trip in the Berkshires
  • East Coast Roadtrip – Providence, Cape Code Rhode Island, New Bedford, Portland, Maine, Acadia National Park etc
  • Toronto
  • Day Trips to Fire Island, Bear Mountain etc.

Booked to do

  • Boston
  • Vermont Skiing
  • West Coast Roadtrip – San Fran, Yosemite, Monterey, Big Sur, Santa Barbara, Las Vegas, San Diego, LA

Hope to go to

  • Texas
  • New Orleans

What is something you didn’t know about New York/USA until you got here?

Didn’t know you couldn’t say Christmas party – it has to be holiday party. Didn’t know if you got a green card for USA and choose to move back to the UK you would have to continue paying taxes in the USA forever…even on property or money earned in the UK. Didn’t know how backwards the transport system is.

What is one thing you miss from home?

Other than the obvious friends and family answer probably the fire. New York is freezing and I miss cozying up in front of a fire in the winter.

After this year, if you could stay and live in New York, would you? Why?

Yes. I love the city. It’s maybe a very different experience without all my MB and GME  friends though as I haven’t met that many Americans. I would definitely try it at least for 6 months as I love the city and would like to see what it was like to live in a real NYC apartment in Manhattan / Brooklyn.

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