‘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.
What is your name / age and where are you from?
I’m Jack, I’m 24 and from London.
Why did you decide to come to New York to study and work?
I came to New York because after spending a year working abroad in Sydney I wanted to do it all over again! I also came here to broaden my career options, coming from an insurance background I wanted the chance to work within a different industry.
Where do you work/what is your role?
I work as a Marketing Executive at Broadridge, a North American based financial technology firm. There are 10 Mountbattens here so it’s a nice working environment as we all sit together in the office and socialize a lot outside of work.
How are you finding living in New Jersey?
At first, if I am brutally honest I hated it.
I resented the fact that we didn’t actually ‘live’ in NYC. However as time has passed I have found living in NJ to be absolutely fine, and I now see it more as a welcome refuge from the hustle and bustle of the noisy, dirty city.
How are you finding having a roommate?
I put off doing Mountbatten for 2 years after graduating university purely due to the fact
that you have to share a room with a stranger.
However I can hand on heart say that sharing a room has not been an issue whatsoever. I have been tremendously lucky in that my roommate is my closest friend here. I’m not too sure how I would have coped otherwise but friends that are not as close to their roommates as I am, do not seem to have had any major issues.
Have you been to New York before? (If so, has your perspective changed? If not, is it
what you imagined?)
I have been to New York before but not since I was a lot younger so I couldn’t really remember very much. It is such a diverse and vibrant city with so much to see and do and I think my perspective on the U.S has changed since living here (I won’t continue or we’ll be here all day) but my perspective on New York has not, it is just as I imagined/remember it being; amazing.
What has been your favourite memory of your year so far?
It really is so hard to pinpoint my favorite memory of the year so far.
In the 3 months that I have been here I’ve crammed so much in that it’s very tricky to even remember all of the things that we’ve done.
I think that if I had to choose one memory it would be the day that we went to Governors Island to a polo event. It was a beautiful warm, summer’s day and we enjoyed yummy cocktails whilst looking out over the city.
What is your favourite area of New York and why?
Greenwich Village – there are plenty of delicious places to eat and quirky little coffee shops. It’s also very convenient to reach from Newport.
What is your favourite restaurant and why?
Lovely Day, a Thai restaurant in the East Village has been my all-time favorite place I’ve been too so far – it is absolutely delicious.
What is your favourite bar and why?
My favorite bar has to be on the rooftop of the William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg, it has the most amazing views over the city.
What is your favourite happy hour and why?
My favorite happy hour is at a local bar near to my office, The Gem.
If someone had one day to spend in New York what should they do?
Walk around Manhattan starting downtown in Battery Park and making your way up to Central Park.
Have you travelled anywhere during your time here? Where and why?
I’ve been up to the Poconos Mountains and explored upstate New York including Bear Mountain. I also flew over to Boston for the weekend.
What is something you didn’t know about New York/USA until you got here?
I didn’t realize how different the working culture would be out here – it’s easy to forget how different their employment laws are to ours. It’s very cut-throat and their “hire and fire” approach can be difficult to get your head around.
What is one thing you miss from home?
UK supermarkets and fresh food!
After this year, if you could stay and live in New York, would you? Why?
I think it’s still too early to say however if the option was there I would definitely seriously consider it.
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