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Richard Schiff hands me a blue plastic apron with sleeves, a blue hairnet, and a pair of blue disposable shoe covers. When I'm ready, I follow him through the office and onto the factory floor. Out here, the temperature is a little cooler and there are signs on the walls in English, Polish, and Spanish, listing rules about workplace safety. In front of us, a line of about 130 people are queued for a chance...
Leta Sobierajski came home from work one day and decided to quit her job at the design studio. She was in her mid-twenties, living alone on Grand Street in Brooklyn, and had no backup plan. That first week, she scrubbed her portfolio clean of all the projects that she had ever done at the studio. "It was terrifying," Sobierajski remembers. "When I went freelance, I was like, 'Okay, I don't have any work right now, but...
"Kindness and love are really beautiful," Domonique Echeverria tells me shortly before midnight, as she's getting ready to host one of the city's best weekly parties. (I had asked her about beauty.) Her make-up is already on from an earlier photo shoot—deep blues and purples over her eyelids, shades of color along her jawbone, and a crush of red lipstick—so she's pulling out various dresses, tops, and skirts from her closet and armoire, both...
Last week marked the release of our annual 30 Under 30 issue, and because each of these individuals is so interesting, we thought we'd further highlight them by running some brief interviews with them. Name: Jo Firestone Age: 28 Neighborhood: Fort Greene Occupation: Comedian Who would be your choice for a 30 Under 30? Probably one of those kids on Master Chef Jr. Who are your role models in your industry? I love what Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunhauler do. I love Chris Gethard....

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