Security Check: Harry Rollason works in marketing for New York-based startup Conversocial, which helps large companies carry out customer service over social media channels. Harry says it’s a constantly evolving market, so it definitely keeps you on your toes!
What’s your historical London and New York connection?
I was born and raised in North London and relocated to NYC for work. Pretty straight forward. I hadn’t actually been to America before I started coming for work in 2009.
Describe your experience in New York as a Londoner.
It’s been pretty seamless. As cities, they are very similar, so it hasn’t felt like a complete culture change! I love the accessibility to good, cheap food in NYC, where eating out is commonplace. London doesn’t compare on this front at all. Although, I will say that the village feel in places like Angel are hard to beat.
How can New York and London better engage with each other?
I was actually at the British Consulate to meet the Foreign Secretary for the “Best of British” award the other day. Engagement seemed to be high, with the US winners given a week’s trip to London and expertise to help them setup offices there. Also, being a sports fan of both the “correct” football and America’s version, the more international coverage and games offered, the better.
Favorite NYC secret spot: Feels like I’ve barely scratched the surface here, but I could live here for the rest of my life and still be in the same situation. Malatesta Trattoria is a great Italian place on Christopher St and Washington St. Cash only, but great wine and pasta. Apart from that, Citi Bikes are the best invention ever!
Favorite London secret spot: The Regent pub in Angel. Great pizza and beers, plus the perfect spot to meet for a pre-Arsenal game as it’s just around the corner from the Emirates! Get yourself tickets for Saturday’s 5:30pm kickoff game and head to the Regent beforehand.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? I’m one for living in the present, not one for wishing where else I could be. Plus, at this moment I’m pretty content living the dream in NYC.
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