Former NNYers of the Week: Where are they now?

20 Apr

[The first in an occasional series on readers who’ve moved onward and upward since taking the leap into NYC life. Subtext: This can be you!]

In early 2010, Erika B., now a popular blogger and aspiring actress/singer, hadn’t even lived here two weeks when we caught up with her. (Here is Erika’s original interview.) Look at her now! I’m like a proud little momma over here.

From student housing to her own place in just 14 months!

First apartment: Student housing near City College.
Now: A one-bedroom on the Upper East Side.

First job: Intern at a boutique PR firm.
Now: Marketing assistant for a large financial and retirement group and I run my fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog, Shoes, Shirts & Other Sh!t. (Note: Check out this incredibly touching essay about how much she still loves living in NYC!)

My best advice for newcomers: If you can live below 110th street, you should definitely do so. I did not like Harlem.

The toughest time I’ve gone through since moving here is: dealing with a roommate whose boyfriend practically lives with us. It’s not fun. (Note: Don’t miss our take on this sticky sitch.)

When I was brand new to the city, I can’t believe I: walked the wrong direction further into Harlem my first day in the city and didn’t turn around when I realized it. Later, I got in a gypsy cab whose driver awkwardly hit on me and gave me his number; then I called my mom and cried hysterically that I wanted to come home.

A New Yorker I was thrilled to meet is: Whitney Port from The City and The Hills. I felt like we had a commonality — both of us moved here not knowing many people and not knowing much about NYC. Look at her now!

A gem I recently discovered is: Abitino’s Pizza. They have the best penne alla vodka I’ve ever tasted. Also: Estate Jewels at the Brooklyn Flea. They seriously have the best vintage jewelry ever.

Something I hope to accomplish this summer is: get accepted to the Broadway Artist’s Alliance College/Professional program. It’s a mentoring program where you get to train with top Broadway performers.


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