What’s your historical London and New York connection?
I studied in Boston 10 years ago and came on frequent trips to New York City. Exploring diverse areas such as Central Park and Chinatown, I knew back then that one day I’d live here.
Describe your experience in New York as a Londoner.
As a Londoner in New York, the energy of the city is infectious. NYC is always on and open for business. A great place if you have something to trade, because all New Yorkers love to do a deal.
How can New York and London better engage with each other?
There is probably a case for better engagement somewhere but my personal feeling is the two cities are so totally different that this newsletter is the closest they are going to get short of making flights much cheaper! When you get here you can’t help but be taken up with the tide of current events, there is a huge richness of New York culture that overtakes you. As a consequence, and rightly or wrongly, I think many New Yorkers don’t really feel the need to engage with anything but New York.
Favorite NYC secret spot: Earl’s Beer and Cheese. Tiny, tucked away on 97th and Park Avenue, and does exactly what it says in so many delicious combinations.
Favorite London secret spot: Southwark Park, a great place in the summer and rarely crowded.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? By living between London and New York, I’ve got the best of both worlds. London, because my friends and family are there, and New York for the sheer excitement. In the future, I’d love to live in Berkeley, California; and following that, the South of France. I love places where the sun shines, it doesn’t rain too much, and I won’t freeze in the winter!
In flight entertainment:
- What’s playing in your headphones right now? The XX, Crystalised.
- And what are you currently reading? Anything by Alistair MacLean, great stories, pure escapism.
From the 3460 Miles newsletter: connecting NEW YORK CITY + LONDON