New York City Regional Engagement

New York City, and the surrounding area, is home to over 1330 alums. Use the links below to connect with your local ‘Cats!

Regional Leaders

Have an idea for a program or event? Looking for a way to get involved? Want to get an update on what’s happening in the region? Contact your leaders below!

Randall Mardus '99
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Co-Vice Presidents
Angelina Darrisaw '09
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Jacquelyn Rasulo Kasulis '98
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Young Alumni & Communications Co-Chairs
Catie Goodell '21
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Events & Service Co-Chairs
Scott Reeder '98

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Alumni Events Calendar

Learn about upcoming events to reconnect and network with members of the Davidson community.

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A Crowd-Sourced Guide to New York City

Fast Facts

  • A little over 8 million people live in New York City. That means 1 in every 38 people in the United States call the city home.
  • More than 800 languages are spoken in New York City, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world. 4 in 10 households speak a language other than English.
  • The New York Public Library has over 50 million books and other items and is the second largest library system in the nation after the Library of Congress. It is also the 3rd largest library in the world.
  • The borough of Brooklyn alone would be the fourth largest city in the United States. Queens would also rank fourth nationally.

What We Wished We'd Known: Advice for Alumni New to the City

  • Reach out to alumni - they want to help! But also, don’t be afraid to make friends outside of the Davidson network.
  • There are some extreme highs and extreme lows to living in NYC as a young alum. The cost of living makes the day-to-day that much more of a grind, but the advantages of all the city has to offer–the diversity of job opportunities, of cultures, and of activities–makes it all worthwhile in my opinion. Even if you do not love it or it's tough for you in the beginning, if you hang in there and stay if it's the right place for you to be for your career and you give it all you've got socially and professionally, and you reach for the stars will love you back!
  • Consider commuting to save money. New York City can be big and overwhelming, so I think it's important to find your niche or your communities. If you don't know what neighborhoods you like, sublet for a month or so and figure it out before committing long-term. You don't have to live in Manhattan to get the NYC experience—with public transportation, everything is a hop, skip, and a jump away!
  • Get out there, and don't stay in your apartment. Get out of your neighborhood and explore all five boroughs. They're a treasure and you don't want to miss them.
  • Learn to love the subway. Public transportation is really very easy--don't be afraid of it. It's the cheapest and quickest way around town. That and walking. Sometimes walking 20-30 blocks is quicker than any form of public transportation.
  • A yellow taxi cab with its roof light on is available; if its roof light is off, that means the cab is occupied. This will save you lots of frustration! 
  • Embrace the city and its idiosyncrasies. Take advantage of all the city has to offer, but don't get overwhelmed. You really don't have to go out every night!
  • Get out of the city to be out in nature for weekend breaks. My happiness in NY is largely due to the balance I find on the coast and in the mountains.
  • Dress for success! Buy a good pair of high rain boots—the puddles accumulate and don't drain at the crosswalks, and stay for days. Buy a nice, heavy winter jacket. It gets cold and there are wind tunnels and you walk outside a lot, so it’s a worthwhile investment.
  • Learn how the streets and avenues work and that 5th Avenue is the divide between the east and west sides.
  • EVERYTHING can be negotiated.

Must-Do Activities in New York City