From Amy Touchette’s article for the New York Observer:
One of the many remarkable attributes of New York is that no one can be an outsider here. It’s a city so diverse even “misfits” belong. It practically begs you to be yourself, and that’s extremely rare in this world—maybe getting rarer by the day. But anyone with any maturity knows that the sooner you start being yourself, the better, despite challenges that can result. I titled this series “The Insiders.” because these individuals seemed to understand the importance of being who they are. They had this inside information; they knew one of the greatest secrets to good living.