Brandon Jacoby

Living in New York.


It’s been a while since I haven’t told you about my experience here in New York and in Marin Architects. Which has been amazing. It’s been 3 months since I’ve arrived and a lot of things have happened, many learning and experiences. Regarding the way of life here in New York and understanding new ways to make architecture inside my firm. In this post, I will talk about how have been my living here in the city, which is very interesting as I’ve been able to explore many places which I’ve never imagined. and where you live may determine your experience.


So, first of all I wanted to be settled and find a perfect place to live during my whole program here in the US. Also, this meant to find a perfect balance between the cost, the area, the type and the people you want live with. The cost of living here in the city its very expensive, so living alone probably is not an option. As I just came, I lived for a while in Manhattan in the East Village, which was great for understanding and exploring inside the city. This neighborhood it’s pretty awesome, with a lot of life during the day and night. Great places to eat and small streets to walk in. Not to mention the amazing Tompkins Square Park, which will surprise you in a sunny day with a bunch of guys playing jazz.


Of course, the best part of being in this place was that I was inside Manhattan which allowed me to go to other areas very easily, by a 20-minute walk. Also, my commute to work was shorter. I could walk very easily over the small commercial and beautiful streets of Soho or by the Greenwich Village crossed and small streets. But probably the best part was to go over the Highline in Chelsea where this elevated park has brought new developments and amazing buildings around. Now every outstanding architect in the world want to leave a mark in this amazing area. You can find from Zaha Hadid residential building, to the Renzo Piano Whitney museum or the amazing Hudson yards with The Vessel from Thomas Heatherwick and the Shell from Diller-Scofidio.


But with the time, I just realized Manhattan is a very small part of what it is New York, that’s why I just moved to Brooklyn, which I’m ready to explore in the same way I did in the East Village. But now I’m in a great and upcoming neighborhood called Bushwick. It’s an artistic, bohemian and industrial area full of live, young people and great places to eat. Also, its close to very nice neighborhood such as Williamsburg, Dumbo or prospect park where the beautiful Brooklyn museum is. This is my new home and thanks to the opportunity I got with Architect-US.

Juan Fawcett

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