Security Check: The Senior Project Manager at Albion, Colyn Montgomery describes himself as “basically a Frenchman from Los Angeles but Brits and New Yorkers seem to tolerate me.”
What’s your historical London and New York connection?
I went to university on the East Coast and fell in love with New York. I moved there with my friends, took a barely paid internship at a startup, and didn’t look back for 4 years. I haven’t fallen out of love with New York but decided I wanted to live and work in Europe for a few years. I showed up in London this February with a couple contacts and a slick new umbrella.
Describe your experience in London as a New Yorker.
What I love: the friends I’ve made, slow afternoons at a pub, clean subways, and being close to any city in Europe. What I miss: my friends, the energy, and the restaurants of New York.
How can New York and London better engage with each other?
An EasyJet Concorde service would be ideal. I think the cities share such similarities that – visas permitting – a truly shared and fluid young talent pool would create a lot of value. Even NY-based businesses in America need their eyes opened to the rest of world. Here in London we could do with a little more dreaming and daring.
Favorite NYC secret spot: Fiat Cafe. Absurdly good value Italian spot in Nolita. I could eat here every day.
Favorite London secret spot: Towpath on Regent’s Canal. Hardly secret, but winter will hopefully keep less dedicated eaters away.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Trick question?
In flight entertainment: What’s playing in your headphones right now? Idiot Glee. His song Pinkwood is a future classic.
And what are you currently reading? Just finished Revolutionary Road, need a new book!
From the 3460 Miles newsletter: connecting NEW YORK CITY + LONDON