NYC Is Looking to Hire Someone to Live Rent-free and Discover the Best Parts of Downtown (Video)

If you’ve ever dreamed of moving to New York City, boy do we have the opportunity of a lifetime for you — all expenses paid.

The Alliance for Downtown New York is searching for a steadfast explorer to move to NYC for the summer to work as Lower Manhattan’s first-ever “explorer-in-chief.” One lucky person will have the chance to live rent-free from June to August while documenting life in one of the most exciting cities on the planet.

According to a statement from the Alliance for Downtown New York, the right person for the job has “a camera-ready personality, a keen eye, a distinctive voice, and the chops to produce compelling, entertaining content.” That means you’ll be searching high and low for hidden gems that make a dynamic area like downtown New York City a place that people from all over the world seek out. This person has all the charm, but still “knows that the location is, ultimately, the star.”

Lower Manhattan Skyline
Courtesy of Downtown Alliance

Once hired, the Explorer-in-chief will spend three months exploring New York City's downtown while also being treated to VIP experiences at top attractions like the Statue of Liberty and One World Observatory — not to mention famous restaurants, speakeasies, and bars. They’ll get “a singular opportunity to discover all that New York’s oldest — and newest — neighborhood has to offer."

During their stay, the lucky person chosen will technically be employed by the Alliance and paid with a monthly stipend, paid expenses, and free luxury accommodations downtown. It all kicks off with a stay provided by tech brand Sonder, a company with some of the most stylish apartments around the country. The EIC will have access to co-working spaces, a library, sky lounge, and even a game room to hang with all of the new friends who come with life in NYC.

WTC downtown NYC
Courtesy of Downtown Alliance

"From the indigenous Lenape Indians, to Henry Hudson and Herman Melville, to more recently Questlove, countless adventurous souls have explored this island and these streets and made them their own. We are looking for another adventurous soul to discover Lower Manhattan anew," said Downtown Alliance president Jessica Lappin. "There is so much to see and experience here; we are thrilled to provide a modern explorer and storyteller with the tools they need to share their own tale of discovery."

To apply, applicants need to visit the official explorer-in-chief website and submit a video that’s 60 seconds or less between March 2 and March 15. After that, just sit back and start dreaming about what it’s like to live in the greatest city in the world.

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