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Once upon a Lehman Brothers collapse, I was a single 20-something living in New York City, working in fashion, living in a gross apartment and loving every minute. A few months after I moved there, I got a job at Condé Nast, first at the now-defunct men’s fashion trade DNR. There, while assistant to its editor-in-chief, I sat front row at New York Fashion Week, and interviewed Ed Westwick, Tommy Hilfiger and Sex and the City’s Chris Noth.

Upon DNR’s folding, I was one of only seven of its staffers to be scooped up by its much larger sister publication WWD. I moonlighted as a regular contributor to New York Resident, covering Broadway theater and high-end design, and party reported for New York Magazine, out of which came a handful of awkward celebrity interviews and very little money.

From these only-in-New-York experiences sprung NewNewYorkers, which became the definitive blog for young professionals new to the city or planning to relocate. The site is an offshoot of my memoir, Two Years in New York City. My subsequent effort, The Guide for New New Yorkers, is an eight-part mini handbook that brings together readers' most relied-upon NewNewYorkers posts.