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 wrote about The Sartorialist and Sex and the City’s Chris Noth, and covered New York Fashion Week.

Upon DNR’s folding, I was one of only seven DNR staffers to be hired by its much larger sister publication WWD, as a copy editor. Concurrently, I was a regular contributor to New York Resident, covering Broadway theater and high-end design. I moonlighted doing the occasional celebrity interview for a New York Magazine blog.

Out of these Manhattan experiences sprung NewNewYorkers, which has since become 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.