Preston Yip: San Francisco

What’s your historical San Francisco and New York connection?
I was born and raised in San Francisco, so I would say I’m a San Franciscan at heart (not just a Californian). I moved to NYC for work at the age of 27 and now have been here for four years living primarily in the East Village area of Manhattan.

Describe your experience in SF and your experience in NYC.
San Francisco Experience: Born and Raised San Franciscan! You barely get that now-a-days, especially with the tech boom. I love the city; it truly has shaped and molded me into the person I am today. When I think of San Francisco, I think of family, progressiveness, and freedom to be yourself.

New York Experience: It was tough at first. Finding an apartment was the worst! NY is literally the city that never sleeps. For the first year, I think I got caught up in the bar scene and working, but I’ve learned to slow my NY experience down now. Taking trips to upstate to hike or snowboard are the best. I would summarize my NYC experience as the following: truly testing my character, learn the meaning of work, and growing up.

What was the biggest challenge of moving between NYC and SF?
The biggest challenges was literally moving all my stuff from San Francisco to New York. I got a service that lugged my stuff cross country in a truck that took two weeks. Within that window, I was staying with a friend and trying to find an apartment.

If you’ve lived in NY, you know that searching for the right apartment is hard. Also, when you find that apartment, you’ve gotta be aggressive!

Also, having my family back in SF has been hard too, but you meet such great people here that they become your own east coast family too.

How can NYC and SF best engage with each other?
I think the social scene and tech boom really make NY interchangeable now.

NY has grown it’s tech presence and SF has definitely picked up their night life so I feel there is a lot of interchangeability within the two cities now

Favorite SF secret spot
Little Star if that’s a secret. La Cumbre. But just to get away… A run in Golden Gate Park

Favorite NYC secret spot
Little Frankies.

If you were not where you are now, what would you be doing?
I would be trying to make my own start up!

Roadtrip Entertainment: tell us what song/album, TV show, podcast, or web videos you’ve been watching lately.
I listen to a lot of Reggae, so Hirie is what I’m on right now.
TV shows- How I met your mother
Podcast- the Dan Patrick show
State of Nate on Youtube… is the best!

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