romano_big.jpgThe Basics
Age and occupation. How long have you lived here, where did you come from, and where do you live now?
27. Director, Strategic Planning, DailyCandy, Inc. Moved to NYC from Chapel Hill, NC one week after graduating college, going on six years ago. Hometown: Harrisburg, PA. After a good run on the LES, I crossed the bridge to Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, where I've lived for about a year. It's nice there.

Three For Thee
1. Can you describe how DailyCandy operates? Is it a fire-retardant, amorphous life form that eats sample sales for energy or just some person behind a curtain?
Yes, yes and yes. It might seem, like, totally unpossible to be pretty, thin and smart, but somehow we manage. What I adore about DailyCandy is that it knows what it is and never tries to be anything but something fun and lighthearted that has obviously resonated with many New Yorkers. It's a really satisfying job because I get to help push young, fresh, undiscovered talent to the next level of renown.

2. You have literally become the face and voice of DailyCandy with your weekly appearances on CBS-NY Channel 2's Morning Show. Ever get recognized on the street or subway?
You'd be shocked how few people are watching television before sunrise.

3. Two part question:
a) Please give us one bold, exclusive tip or trend to look out for in the new year.

Unibrows are going to be huge in 2004.

b) What's on your short-list of recommendations?
Loving Hearth on First Avenue for exquisite dinners, cush new boutique Lyell on Elizabeth for jaunty tops and dresses (reminds me of Mayle in the old days) and if you have the means, I highly recommend Korean uber-beverage Pom Wonderful.

Proust-Krucoff Questionnaire
What's your New York motto?
Fake it til you make it.

9pm, Wednesday night. What are you doing?
Probably reading in bed or watching treats TiVo has amassed for me.

What's the most expensive thing in your wardrobe?
A treasured Catherine Malandrino dress that was a gift from a special pal.

Please share a personal (and hopefully interesting) NYC taxi story.
One time I somehow ended up holding hands with the kindly Indian driver for a few minutes, through the partition. I can't remember why but I do remember that it seemed like an ok idea at the time.

Best New York celebrity sighting.
Albert from "Little House on the Prairie" at NoHo Star one morning when the floor below my old company's offices caught on fire and we were told to 'go find something to drink.'

Describe that low, low moment when you thought you just might have to leave NYC for good.
I had just been dramatically dumped before I could dump him, had zero dollars for a comforting taxi ride home and a nice young man in the subway station started talking to me and jacking off.

Of all the movies made about (or highly associated with) New York, what role would you have liked to be cast in?
Amanda Peet's character in "Igby Goes Down."

What happened the last time you went to L.A.?
I realized once and for all that the weather doesn't make up for the people.