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2009 was my first full year in New York City. I was working at mtvU, scheduling commercials, living in West Harlem with a bright blue living room. Things felt endless in that way they always do for young people, potential and the unknown pulsating through the street, air, and bones of everyone making their way on their own for the first time. Equipped with degrees, dreams of new beginning and curated adult-seeming activities and tried and true friends. There was no…