‘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.
Now as I have left New York after a year and you have heard from my friends, it seems apt that I should do it too.
What is your name / age and where are you from?
Talor Gilchrist / 25 / Edinburgh
Upon answering my own interview myself, it seems unnecessary to ask for someones age…
Why did you decide to come to New York to study and work?
For many reasons:
- I wanted out of Edinburgh
- I had visited my friend in New York and knew I had to do the Mountbatten program too
- I was bored and needed something exciting to happen
- It’s bloody New York
I’ve never traveled for a long period of time or been away from home ‘properly’ (I went to uni in Newcastle which is only an hour and a half away so doesn’t count), so this seemed like the right thing to do.
Where do you work/what is your role?
I work (ed) at Thomson Reuters as part of the Wealth Management Proposition Marketing team – bit of a mouthful right?
They are located on Times Square, I honestly couldn’t have asked for a more New York location (or a more busy, smelly and intense commute).
How are you finding living in New Jersey?
New Jersey, is somewhere for some reason no one wants to admit that they live there.
When you are out in New York is that where you tell people you live? GOD NO, my fake apartment in Greenwich is doing just fine thank you as is my gold plated cutlery and my pedigree Malamute.
However, the location is great as my commute was around half an hour Newport > Times Square.
The apartment themselves were empty shells of people’s pasts but if you made it your own it was fine.
The unfortunate thing about Newport is that there are no amenities, there’s no pub close by for a cheeky drink or a decent place to grab dinner and if you want to go to the supermarket it will cost you an arm and a leg to buy food from the closest one.
How are you finding having a roommate?
I am, or was, very much an only child. AKA don’t touch me without asking and I like my own company please allow me to have my own time. The first month of Mountbatten I had my own room as Flo hadn’t arrived yet, I couldn’t help but hope she wouldn’t.
Well that was stupid wasn’t it? Now, I can’t imagine my life without Flo, she’s the sister I never had (just cringed at myself) and unfortunately for her she will be stuck with me for a while.
She’s softened my black emo heart and now I actually love hugs, and SOMETIMES holding hands – but just on special occasions.
Have you been to New York before? (If so, has your perspective changed? If not, is it what you imagined?)
I had been to New York twice before.
I was taken when I was 21 for the first time, mesmerised by absolutely everything as everyone always is. I made my step mum walk around the city so much that she still doesn’t forget the turmoil to this day.
The second time to see a friend who was on the Mountbatten program, as mentioned previously I enjoy my own company. She was at work so I explored the city in my own way, in -10 degrees in February, but I still saw everything. This is the best time to go up the Empire State building because it’s too cold to attract people but the sky is completely clear – just wrap up because my hands nearly fell off.
Has my perspective changed after a year? I don’t know what my perspective was. New York is a movie set and play ground. Every corner you turn there’s something incredible there and is has such a mix of people you never get tired of just watching the world go by. It doesn’t stand still and it never will, even though I was there for a year I know for a fact there is so much more I need to see.
What has been your favourite memory of your year so far?
There are so many it’s hard to say.
All of the trips were incredible, however there is one place EVERYONE must go in their lifetime and that is New Orleans. The food, the people, the atmosphere, the history – you just can’t beat it.
What is your favourite area of New York and why?
My favourite area is the Lower East side.
It’s full of my cherished restaurants and bars, it’s just a pain in the arse to get to.
What is your favourite restaurant and why?
I have a few (surprisingly) but off the top of my head:
- Uncle Boons – Thai
- Souvlaki – Greek
- Nom Wah Tea Parlour – Dim Sum
- Jacks Wife Freda – Brunch
What is your favourite bar and why?
My favourite bar was my favourite bar from Day One, and never changed -The Garret.
A speakeasy located above a Five Guys, I always ordered an Old Fashioned forgetting I couldn’t afford such a drink. The music is good, it smells good, the bartenders all hate you and the crowd is great.
Sometimes you can’t move because it’s so busy and other times when you get a seat the people watching is incredible.
I can’t tell you why I like this bar so much because in all honesty there’s nothing too special about it, it’s just the one place I’ve never had a bad time.
What is your favourite happy hour and why?
At the beginning of the year it was Greenrock $1 beers on a Tuesday.
Then it became Cubbyhole with $2 margaritas on a …Tuesday? or maybe a Wednesday.
At the end of the year we seemed to end up in the 13th Step – where I can’t tell you the price of the drinks because I had too many.
If someone had one day to spend in New York what should they do?
They should go for breakfast at Jacks Wife Freda, go to the Tenement Museum and do one of their tours, then they should get the subway up to central park and walk down 5th or Broadway towards Times Square. Take in the lights, noise and the (unfortunate) smell, then continue down Broadway towards the Flat Iron building (my favourite building in the entire city). Head to Nom Wah for a quick bite to eat for lunch and walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.
Head to the One Hotel in Brooklyn to watch the sunset and if you aren’t too tired or full go to Uncle Boons for dinner.
I would encourage you to get up at 4am if you would like to get any of the above done.
Have you traveled anywhere during your time here? Where and why?
- Poconos – for Thanksgiving
- Washington – to get sh*tfaced apparently
- Boston – see above
- New Orleans – Jazz Fest / food/ fun / Flozzy adventure
- Miami – to apparently never be able to afford a mortgage
THEN, after New York we did three weeks down the West Coast heading through –
Seattle, Portland, Redwood Forest, Napa Valley, San Fran, Yosemite, Santa Barbara, Malibu, L.A, San Diego, Vegas and The Grand Canyon.
What is something you didn’t know about New York/USA until you got here?
I have written many many blog posts about this, you can find them under ’10 things I have learned’ if you type it into the search bar.
Yes, I’m being lazy.
What is one thing you miss from home?
- Food that’s not filled with chemicals and garbage
- Greggs steak bakes
- My family
- Fresh air
After this year, if you could stay and live in New York, would you? Why?
New York wouldn’t be the same without my Mountbatten friends, they made the whole experience for me – not the city.
HOWEVER, maybe in a few years when I am earning enough money to enjoy New York the way I want to enjoy it, it is highly possible I would move back.
Plus, I never got to see Chicago.
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