Meet a Member: Mavreen Smiel in Crown Heights


Crown Heights was perfect for Mavreen Smiel.

After getting a job offer in the summer of 2016, Mavreen had three weeks to move. Becoming a transplant to a new city was intimidating enough, but everyone knows that the summer months are also the hardest time to find an apartment in New York City.

She was intrigued by an article written about Common, toured the home, and before she knew it, she was situated comfortably in her new home in Crown Heights.

We sat down with Mavreen to discuss her professional career, her hobbies, and what she loves about Common. Here’s what she had to say.

First things first, introduce yourself!

Hi, I’m Mavreen! I’m a 33-year-old software engineer. In my spare time, I work with indie theater, do a fair amount of writing and play ice hockey at Prospect Park.

Why did you choose to live at Common? How does it compare to previous living situations?

During my search, I found an article about Common and the idea of coliving resonated with me. Moving to a new city and having a community of people there to join was quite appealing, as was the idea of a largely stress-free move. I moved in July 2016 and was able to focus on exploring my new neighborhood and my work instead of new apartment logistics.

For me, Common is much more efficient than my previous living arrangements. I get to spend more time doing the things I want to do.

You have a super interesting career trajectory — can you tell us more about it?

I stumbled into software testing about 6 years ago. I met a friend and some of his coworkers for lunch and they were showing me a project they had been working on. I broke it in about a minute. None of them could believe it so I broke it again while I talked them through what I did. A day later, I had a job offer as a software tester and the rest is history. Now I work as an Engineer in Test, so I get to design and build testing tools and infrastructure.
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What would you do on your dream day off?

I’m going to assume I’ve scored a perfectly warm day off. In the morning, I’d grab coffee at Breukelen and head the Met to soak in the ambiance. After that, I’d spend the rest of the day sunning myself in Prospect Park with a good book. I’d round out the day grabbing cake slices from Butter & Scotch and watch the sunset with friends on the roof.

What’s the best part about living in Crown Heights? In New York City?

For me, Crown Heights is all about the people. I’ve lived here almost three years now and it feels like home. Plus, we have some amazing restaurants right on Franklin Ave. As for New York City, there’s no other city on earth like it.

Last question: In three words (or less!) how would you describe your experience as a Common member?

No more chores! (Heeheehee)


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