New York City – J1 Visa

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New York City 

Back in the summer of 2008, my friends and I went to New York City on a J1 visa. This is a temporary visa to enter and work into the USA, mainly for college students. After receiving  subliminal messages all year from a company called USIT, due to posters around the campus, we decided to go to NYC for the summer.

 

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I have an uncle who lives in Queens, so it was good to visit him and settle in for a few days before the other guys came over. They managed to get an apartment in the middle of Columbia – aka – Jackson Heights, and furnished the two bedroom apartment with 7 sets of bunk beds. Crazy stuff, but that is how you do it when you are 21 and on a summer working holiday.  I rented and a small two room basement in Long Beach on Long Island ,as I wanted to be near the beach.

 

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This worked out well as there were so many of us, we were between the two apartments all summer. I had a few weeks work as a labourer for carpenters in Manhattan and  then decided to quit and spend the rest of the summer working in a little bar in Long Beach called the Tiki Bar.

We worked in all sorts of jobs, from elevator men, to concrete workers, carpenters,  bar staff, video dj, roof painters, beach bum, security, quantity surveyor…

Realising that it is 2013, and this summer of fun was five years ago, I decided to start experimenting with iMovie and created these videos which will show off our J1 summer better than I can explain in words.

New York is a great city for gigs and music. We made it to see Lupe Fiasco, N.E.R.D, Kanye West, Jay Z, Armin Van Buuren, Paul Van Dyke, Booka Shade and Badfish. Watched the Mets v Yankees for the last time in Shea Stadium, Got thrown off a boat on July 4th, Stood on top of the empire state building, listened to some Wu-Tang on the Staten island ferry and partook in what was at the time, the worlds longest Jager bomb train in Bar 43, Queens..

 

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