No place to call home for Irish students in New York this summer
A summer of work sun and fun has turned into a nightmare for visiting Irish students
After informal introductions, the Clare boys, with big smiles, took the next bus back down to Harlem, packed their bags and were back up in Yonkers within two hours.
“This is just great altogether,” said Condron, with one leg out the door of the center. “We never thought we would get that lucky.”
However, it turned out the accommodation is only available to the boys until the end of June, so Condron contacted the Irish Voice on Monday to let us know they are still in the market for a one bedroom apartment come July.
“We just need somewhere for six or seven weeks because the girls have other people coming over, so hopefully someone will have something they can rent to us for that short time,” said Condron.
“We are very clean lads and very respectful to others, so we won’t be noisy or anything like that. Basically we would be good tenants,” he added.
Said Lawlor, “I really think that those few students last year who wrecked some of the places they stayed in have spoiled our chances of getting a decent place to stay for the summer.”
The girls, all friends from Co. Mayo, have had no luck finding jobs. Similar to the three boys from Cork, they have handed in resumes and filled out numerous application forms for several jobs, but to no avail.
Farrington, a law student at the University of Limerick, arrived in New York at the end of May but has still not found a job.
“I had a few waitressing interviews and an interview in Zara (clothes store) but nothing back yet,” said Farrington.
Like Farrington, the other three girls have found themselves with a lovely apartment, but no job to pay the rent.
“We need to get jobs soon or we are going to run out of money,” laughs Healy, a second year student teacher in Dublin.
The girls, who are having the time of their life in New York, were putting a new plan together for Thursday in search for a job.
“We will probably head upstate tomorrow because the city is not giving us anything,” adds Gallagher.
Michael O’Connor was alone when he entered the Aisling Center on Wednesday. O’Connor, 20, is from Co. Galway and is studying for an accounting degree in the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.
O’Connor arrived in New York with a friend on May 31. So far his J-1 experience has been lonely.
“I really want to meet other J-1 students,” said O’Connor, who has been busy trying to find a job he is happy with and a place to live.
Up until last Wednesday, O’Connor and his friend have been staying with a friend of a friend. Not an ideal situation. He feels they are intruding and came to the Aisling Center on Wednesday in search of a room for rent. He soon learned that he had to get in line.
O’Connor is presently training as a waiter in a bar in White Plains in Westchester.
“To be honest I’d prefer to be a laborer or furniture remover or something like that, you know, a nine to five job, but so far I’ve had no luck with anything in that area,” he said.
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