Welcome to member profiles! In this series we want to share one members’ story on why they moved to NYC, why they stayed with Outpost Club and on what they like(d) about their time here. This week we’re introducing you to Ammon. Ammon is currently staying at our East-Bushwick House. I hope you enjoy this article and to find out more about us or our members, go to www.outpost-club.com.
Why do you like NYC?
I love New York City because of the people living in it! I am a professional musician working on graduate studies at New York University, and so far I have had the chance to meet Duke Ellington's daughter (Mercedes Ellington) and Lenny White from Bitches Brew (Miles Davis album) just to name a couple. The opportunities out here seem boundless, and my favorite thing is just meeting people from all over the world.
Why did you come to NYC?
I guess you could say I came here for NYU, but it goes deeper than that. I have been dreaming about this city as long as I can remember. I came out here for the music, the art, buildings the people, and the experience of living in one of the biggest cities in the world. NYC is pretty big for a native Coloradan!
What are you doing here now?
I just finished my Master of Music in flute performance at NYU and am finishing my advanced certificate in jazz studies at the same school. I am getting ready for my doctorate, which I will probably also get in NYC, not sure where yet.
What do you like about Outpost Club and why did you choose us?
I found Outpost Club by accident. When I moved to NYC in August 2015, I came with nothing but a flute, a computer and a suitcase. I knew absolutely no one and had never seen this city before. Keep in mind that the big city to a Colorodan is 1 million people or less. NYC is 9 million. I even stayed overnight in the airport because I did not know which borough my hostel was in. Since then I have moved five times. It is really hard to find a long term place to stay out here especially when you are new. I mean it can be really hard to live in NYC. Anyway the place I was living in just before OutPost, there was an emergency situation where I had to move unexpectedly. So I got on Airbnb and found OutPost. And what a relief! There are wonderful people living here. I can sleep well at night knowing I am surrounded with good people. And there are artists living here. I couldn't ask for more. I only wish I had found OutPost sooner!
Any additional information you want to share?
My website is www.ammonswinbank.com. Instagram: Instagram.com/AmmonSwinbank