New York City is now the place to be online. (Until now, Los Angeles and Atlanta have been the headquarters of the influencer internet.) Obviously, not every New Yorker is thrilled about their diners, dry cleaners, and dive bars serving as the latest TikTok backdrops. Content creators have attracted a little ire, but also gobs of followers, as they capitalize on the scenes of the city. We asked the rising class of New York City–based influencers, from the “Listen, I was born here” crowd to the “Which way is SoHo” new arrivals, about their realest days and nights of internet hustle.
Dutch deCarvalho, @dutchdeccc
Screen time per day on average: 3.5 hrs.
Residence: Manhattan studio apartment. “This year, I finally got off the waiting list for an affordable apartment. I was on 196 wait lists and had been rejected four times before getting this apartment.”
Morning Beverage: “In the morning, I stick with a large glass of water!”
Morning Routine: “I wake up around 7:30 a.m. Breakfast is two frozen waffles (toasted, obviously). I’ll also have some fruit usually. And my skin-care routine — the Ordinary Niacinamide and Innisfree sunscreen are my go-tos every morning.”
Job: “I’m a professional dancer and work freelance and dance with Amy Marshall Dance Company. I also work at a school part time as a specialist in pre-K to second grade, then nanny for a few different families.”
Recently Seen at: Bed, Bath & Beyond, Auntie Anne’s, Trader Joe’s, Aldi, a Rent Guidelines Board hearing.
Today’s Receipts: Subway/bus, $11; Dunkin’ iced green tea, $3.50; small grocery-shopping trip, $21; afternoon snack (muffin before work), $3; dinner from La Isla (arroz con pollo), $10 (plus leftovers). Total: $48.50.
Transportation: “I pretty much walk or take the subway/bus everywhere. I never learned how to ride a bike, so you will not catch me on a Citi Bike.”
Evening Plans: “I’ve worked with this particular family the longest, and I’ve loved being able to see the child I take care of grow up! We spend time painting and playing with stickers. Bedtime is around 8 p.m., and the parents get back around midnight.”
Evening Routine: “I have to shower no matter how late it is. I do my skin-care routine. I have anxiety, and often it gets worse before bed — everything that happened in the day and everything that could happen the next day. I try not to scroll on my phone.”
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