Meet Roger Scott: Our Englishman in New York seeks the perfect Manhattan in Manhattan
With the light at the end of the tunnel, we can now start dreaming of experiencing new things and having some great adventures. But where to go on that first trip? How about New York for a Manhattan in Manhattan? There's no better place to enjoy this iconic drink than the city that never sleeps, and to help you plan your trip we’ve turned to Roger Scott, our Airport Manager at New York’s JFK airport. An Englishman in New York, Roger has spent the last few years getting to know every nook and cranny of this wonderful city. We asked him to introduce himself and recommend his favourite Manhattan bars. So Roger, how did you end up as our Airport Manager at JFK? I started with Virgin Atlantic in September 1998 as a fresh faced check-in agent after finishing a university degree in English. At the time I hadn’t planned for a career in aviation, despite having an uncle, aunt and my mum work for Dan-Air, British Caledonian, Cathay Pacific and Virgin between them! I worked in various roles in the terminal and as a Turnaround Officer before moving on to Heathrow Duty Manager and later Head of Operations at Heathrow. There were many highlights along the way including meeting celebrities in the old Clubhouse and serving drinks behind the bar in ramp boots as the only person presentable to make a Dirty Martini. I was particularly proud to be part of the team that really improved our performance at Heathrow, and was always keen on getting involved in projects from writing a guide book and helping check-in agents to work on the Heathrow emergency plan and exercises. Eventually, I decided I’d finally like to see a little more of the world and not long after, the NYC Airport Manager position was advertised. I got the role, and I’m approaching five years here now. What’s the best bit about living and working in the Big Apple? The cliché is true, this city never sleeps. JFK operates 24 hours a day and there is never a time where there isn’t something happening in New York and that’s part of the reason I love it. Despite not being a massive sports fan, I’ve been to the baseball, American football, basketball, ice hockey, boxing and the US Open and it’s fair to say the Americans really get it right when it comes to events… I can’t help getting goose bumps when they play the national anthem at the start! I’ve seen shows on and off Broadway – including Bruce Willis in Misery which was awesome – and been interviewed by The Gothamist about our dog’s costume in the 2016 Halloween Howl (my wife’s idea). Check him out @bufordthebulldog on Instagram! We’ve made so many friends and memories since moving here I could go on all day. Oh and then there’s the food... I’m lucky to have a dedicated and hardworking team at JFK who really make coming to work a pleasure. Being that it’s JFK, we have a lot of high profile customers and the press office are always knocking on our door. So far we’ve hosted Thomas the Tank Engine & Sir Topham Hat, CNN and Fox News. YouTube celebrity Casey Neistat made a great video of the Clubhouse and the UK Invictus Games team presented us with an award. It really never stops around here and I wouldn’t have it any other way. As an expert on the NYC bar scene, Roger gives us the lowdown on his favourite five bars510 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014 700 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009 134 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002 The Press Lounge, Kimpton Ink48 Hotel, 653 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036 Gallow Green [caption id="attachment_33255" align="alignleft" width="900"] Gallow Green photo by Dan Dickinson Flickr Creative Commons[/caption] No list is complete without mentioning Gallow Green above Chelsea's McKittrick Hotel, now a performance venue. In the summer it’s a great rooftop garden and in the winter it’s transformed into ‘The Lodge’ complete with fire pits and mulled wine. It's another one that’s not easy to find on first visit, but when you do you'll notice a wonderful theatrical feel to the place as you enter a street level service elevator and ascend into another world. So many other places are worthy of note… The Back Room was a genuine speakeasy in the days of prohibition, Dream Baby plays 80s/90s hits while serving drinks at prices you won’t baulk at and you can get your hair cut at the Blind Barber as well as a mean drink! If this has inspired you to start planning a visit to New York, you can find out more about the Big Apple by viewing our New York Destination Guide.