ANDREW DEARLING 

ANDREW DEARLING 

OCCUPATION: DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER

OCCUPATION: DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER

Moving to New York isn’t easy. Doing it with no job and a one-way flight from Europe is downright insane. Just don’t tell that to Andrew Dearling. Because four years ago on Christmas Day, with a new wife and temporary apartment, that’s exactly what he did. Looking back, he says it makes total sense. “It was the cheapest day to fly.”

Moving to New York isn’t easy. Doing it with no job and a one-way flight from Europe is downright insane. Just don’t tell that to Andrew Dearling. Because four years ago on Christmas Day, with a new wife and temporary apartment, that’s exactly what he did. Looking back, he says it makes total sense. “It was the cheapest day to fly.”

Almost immediately, he had an idea. “I was like, ‘I’m going to start running.’” With no work permit and nothing but time, Andrew figured running “was a good way not to get fat.” Little did he know, it’d quickly become a great way to explore town. “You run for a mile and you’re suddenly in a completely different character of a neighborhood.”

 

As an avid photographer, he couldn’t ask for anything more. Inspiration was suddenly everywhere. Every turn became a chance to discover something new. “I wouldn’t have seen any of that unless I was running,” he says, thinking back. “It’s funny. I see so much more of the city than my wife, all because she’s on the subway.”

 

More than that, running’s also opened him up to an entirely new world. “You meet all these people, feel all these different energies that I think affect you. I can’t see this type of community existing anywhere else. Or, if it did, I’d be constantly comparing it.”

 

He’s not the only one.

Almost immediately, he had an idea. “I was like, ‘I’m going to start running.’” With no work permit and nothing but time, Andrew figured running “was a good way not to get fat.” Little did he know, it’d quickly become a great way to explore town. “You run for a mile and you’re suddenly in a completely different character of a neighborhood.”

 

As an avid photographer, he couldn’t ask for anything more. Inspiration was suddenly everywhere. Every turn became a chance to discover something new. “I wouldn’t have seen any of that unless I was running,” he says, thinking back. “It’s funny. I see so much more of the city than my wife, all because she’s on the subway.”

 

More than that, running’s also opened him up to an entirely new world. “You meet all these people, feel all these different energies that I think affect you. I can’t see this type of community existing anywhere else. Or, if it did, I’d be constantly comparing it.”

 

He’s not the only one.

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