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Summer in NYC by Aine O’Neill

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Even writing the first few words give me goosebumps. I couldn’t recommend New York City enough for an enjoyable and unforgettable summer. There is so much to do and see in the city that never sleeps -you’ll believe that saying when you experience it for yourself!

However, my summer in NYC would not have been possible without the help of J1Accom.  After weeks of searching for reasonable accommodation online for a gang of Irish students who had never been to NYC before, we joined a Facebook group called J1 Accom.com  and Paul McCabe(owner) put us out of our misery and saved us both the hassle and stress of sorting accommodation from across the ocean.

We were given exceptional accommodation facilities on the LIU campus in downtown Brooklyn which was one of the best experiences of my life.  You stay in an American University dorm with bedding and kitchen facilities, washing facilities and a common room all under the one roof it seems too good to be true but it is and it is worth it for both comfort and safety.

The subway station brings anywhere in NYC and better still it’s outside the door of you accommodation on Hoyt Street. Not only that but there are several clothes shops and department stores, food outlets and restaurants right outside your door along the entertaining and beautiful downtown Brooklyn. H&M is like Penny’s for the Irish over there and it’s across the road from the accommodation.

The best thing about J1Accom is there there are no worries about paying rent during the week as it is paid before you leave for a summer of a lifetime.

The LIU building itself has fantastic 24/7 security who ensure a safe and enjoyable stay.

Not forgetting you are staying with 100 other Irish people in the same building – without a doubt it’s great craic.

It’s like being at home but even better because your in NYC!

On that note, If you enjoy a good night out Patrick Greene is your main man. He will sort you out with VIP treatment within a range of nightclubs in nyc and you are guaranteed a night to remember – or not.

Patrick will contact you about the latest events and make sure you’re on the guest-list. The support and facilities offered to Irish students in

NYC is fantastic. Brooklyn is an ideal location for a j1ers as you are so close to the biggest attractions and you get to see and do things you have always wanted to do. everyday is different. I am hoping to go back to Brooklyn this summer on a holiday because I enjoyed it that much. My uncle lives in the upper east side and I got to see him everyday because

I was so close to the subway station it only take 10-15 mins to get to Manhattan to see all you need in NYC. The Brooklyn bridge is close to the accommodation and is a great spot for your next profile picture!

If you are thinking of Brooklyn for your J1 destination take the advice from someone who has been there and Go! Highly recommend and don’t go breaking your back looking for accommodation and get onto J1 Accom – it’s does exactly what it says on the tin – hassle free and you will enjoy a summer of a lifetime!

Aine O’Neill

My J1 Experince by Anna Kindlon

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Heading to New York on a J1 visa was, without a doubt, the best experience of my life. From the minute I landed, I was dreading the day I had to leave. The memories and friends I have made will stay with me forever.

Applying for the J1, I had no doubt in my mind that New York was where I wanted to go. I managed to get a job with relative ease, and things seemed to be going great. That was until I started looking for accommodation.

The accommodation in New York is extortionate. I cannot exaggerate this enough.  It was near impossible to find anywhere. I was heading over with my boyfriend and we wanted to live with fellow J1s. We found a few others on the J1 Facebook page and we started to look for somewhere we could all bunch in together. However, it was near impossible to find anywhere.

Weeks of searching, turned in to months. Anywhere we found that was near our budget was at least an hour away from our work. We were advised to book a hostel for the first few days and find accommodation when we arrived. However, as there was only two of us and we really wanted to meet and live with new people, we thought this was two much of a risk.

We had nearly lost all hope of living in New York, when we heard of the J1 Accom. This was a company set up by Paul Mc Cabe. He, like many others, was scammed by a landlord on a J1. He realised this was a common problem people were facing and wanted to give students a safe place to stay so he teamed up with LIU university and started renting their halls to J1 students in the summer months. Being able to pre book the accommodation meant that you could arrive in New York and start working, and therefore earning straight away.

We decided this was our best option.  For me, the main appeal was the fact I would be living with one hundred other Irish people. It was also really affordable, and the location was brilliant. It is located in Brooklyn Heights a really up and coming area with a great buzz about it. On top of this, it was only a 20 minute commute to my work in Lower Manhattan. The Subway station was literally on the door step, so it was very safe getting home at nights.

The Accommodation itself is the LIU student accommodation throughout the year. In that sense, it was very similar to the halls we would have here. There were big communal areas (perfect for drinking), laundry facilities and 24 hour security. We got a two person apartment which consisted of our own bathroom, kitchen and two bedrooms. There were also single rooms and bigger group rooms. Everyone had access to the communal areas and there was always someone about to spend you days off with.

New York is well known as the ‘city that never sleeps.’ The night life is incredible, but again it is not cheap. However, J1 Accom had a solution for us.  The Nightclub promoter Patrick Greene worked alongside the halls and would organise weekly events to all the best night clubs in New York. The best thing was; everything was free! We are talking rooftop nightclubs, with VIP tables and unlimited free drink! This was available to every J1 accom student nearly every day of the week.

The area really could not be better. It was surrounded by restaurants, supermarkets and shops. It was within a 15 minute walk of Brooklyn Piers. This is an incredible area, with views over lower Manhattan. It has football pitches, basketball courts, roller blading area, an outdoor gym and  an barbeque area all along the pier. The Brooklyn Bridge is within a 10 minute walk, the sights from it are unbelievable. This also meant, it is relatively easy to walk or cycle into Manhattan.

No words could do my summer in New York justice. I owe so much of this incredible experience to J1 Accom. Without it I wouldn’t have met half the people I did and my experience would be so different. I would recommend J1 Accom to anyone planning a J1 this year.


Anna Kindlon

Summer in New York by Maeve Hitchen

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The summer 2017 was my second summer going on a J1 and I decided not to go back to the windy city of Chicago and I ventured completely out of my comfort zone to spend the summer in the Big Apple. I honestly never felt more comfortable and safe in a city before than I did in New York. I normally finished work around 2am or 4am and coming home at that time was never an issue for me, in New York, the city doesn’t sleep! Personally, I think because of the location of our accommodation added to my sense of comfort.

After making the mistake on my first J1 of not having organised accommodation before I travelled to the state, I ensured I did not make that mistake again. It was only my friend and I who travelled to New York together and straight off the plane in J.F.K, we were able to, thanks to our accommodation organiser Paul, get an Uber straight to Hoyt Street for less than 20 dollars. It saved us so much effort and time trying to figure out the subways and carrying our luggage from the airport. Upon arrival to our accommodation which we both had pre-paid without viewing, were absolutely shocked. Bang in the heart of downtown Brooklyn, surrounded by shops, restaurants, cafes, supermarkets was our accommodation. We straight away couldn’t believe it. The subway station was literally across the road as well. We were greeted without waiting by the accommodation rep who brought us straight to our apartment, bonus! Unlike the apartments of most J1ers, ours in the J1 accommodation in New York were fully furnished which proper air-conditioning. I cannot emphasise enough how lucky we were have to have good air-conditioning in America never mind in New York during the summer! I couldn’t believe it. It was luxury in comparison to my accommodation we lived in on my last J1 and in comparison to a lot of my friends.

The social life in New York was unbelievable. Every bar/ club opened till 4am and not just that, thanks to the famous Sligo man, Patrick Greene, we were treating like royalty in each club. Patrick Greene organised most of the J1 accommodation events every night of the week. Patrick would host a new event in a different venue in one of the many clubs in Manhattan. Being part of the J1 accommodation we were treated to free admission in to the nightclubs, VIP table with bottle service, views you wouldn’t even believe of the Empire State building, Times Square, the list continues.

How many 21 year olds can catch a subway and 10 minutes later you arrive in Wall Street, to go have a drink under the beautiful lights on Stone Street. How many 21 year olds can spend the fourth of July having a B.B.Q by the Brooklyn Bridge or on their days off rent a car and drive up to the Hamptons? We did!

Maeve Hitchen