New York City has long been a destination for the young and ambitious. We show up, ready to have our genius discovered, only to find that we're surrounded by thousands of other would-be geniuses, and that our dreams of fame have to take a backseat to rent-paying toil. Every now and then, though, we encounter fellow New Yorkers, younger than us, smarter than us, and more successful than us. We envy them, and we are inspired by them. Mostly, though, we envy them.
Portraits by Jesse Hlebo