‘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?
Lizzi Brown, 29, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Why did you decide to come to New York to study and work?
Since graduating, I have always loved the idea of working and living in New York and after visiting the city for the first time in 2015, I was convinced this was something I was going to do.
Where do you work/what is your role?
I work for HSBC in Financial Crime Risk for the US.
How are you finding living in New Jersey?
Living in New Jersey is great. Our flat has the view of the Manhattan skyline from the living room and the commute to work is not bad at all.
How are you finding having a roommate?
Having a roommate has been really easy. Most of the time we are on different schedules and we are always considerate of each other. It’s nice to have someone to chat to in the morning.
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 once before which is when I decided I wanted to move here for definite. I sat on the plane to head home and did not want to leave. My perspective of the place has not changed and if anything, I love the city even more than before. I was always told that New York runs at a fast pace and I don’t think you can truly appreciate that until you live and work here.
What has been your favourite memory of your year so far?
I can’t pick a favourite memory as there are so many. Actually starting work after waiting 3 weeks for a start date was both a relief and a highlight. Brunch on a Saturday I always look forward to. I have loved having family and friends visit so I can show them around. Spending Christmas in Vermont with 18 other people was a fabulous and each trip away I have had has been amazing.
What is your favourite area of New York and why?
Honestly couldn’t pick. I also need to see more areas before choosing which is my favorite. The food Downtown around Christopher Street is never a disappointment.
What is your favourite restaurant and why?
My favourite restaurant is the Mercer Kitchen. I have been here twice and despite it being a tad on the expensive side, the food is fantastic, the atmosphere is great and the drinks were delicious.
What is your favourite bar and why?
My favorite bar is the Refinery Rooftop bar on 38th Street between 5th and 6th. This is a rooftop bar in both summer and winter. In winter they add a conservatory for warmth and you can see the Empire State Building all year long.
What is your favourite happy hour and why?
My favourite happy hour is Tommy Bahamas on the corner of 45th St and 5th Ave. I recently visited here for a work happy hour. The drinks were very reasonable, there was a gentleman playing the steel drums and it was a really good atmosphere.
If someone had one day to spend in New York what should they do?
If you had 1 day in New York (and it was sunny) I would recommend you get up and walk the High Line, get on a boat to see the sights, get off the boat in Brooklyn and have a wander around, walk back into Manhattan over Brooklyn bridge and work your way through the rooftop bars the city has to offer.
Have you travelled anywhere during your time here? Where and why?
So far I have been to Vermont, Washington DC, New Orleans and Boston. We also took a day trip to Connecticut to watch the Yale vs Harvard Football game. I have always wanted to visit more places so I am slowly ticking them off my list.
What is something you didn’t know about New York/USA until you got here?
I did not know that if a building is more than 6 stories high there will be a water tower on the rooftop and a system to provide water pressure to tenants.
What is one thing you miss from home?
A cup of Yorkshire Gold tea.
After this year, if you could stay and live in New York, would you? Why?
I would love to stay and live in New York. I love everything about this city and the opportunity to stay for a few more years would be great. The people, the food and the buildings are constantly evolving and I would love to be here a little bit longer. I also love how easy it is to get to other places in the US from NYC.
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