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									   CAREER COUNSELOR’S CORNER                                                                                              1. 800. 973.1177

Practicing In: New York
[Keith Grace]
Still great for lawyers. Still great, period.

After September 11, doubters predicted that      Don’t forget about in-house positions. New        and west of midtown (Turtle Bay, Hell’s Kitch-
scores of residents and businesses would         York is home to dozens of Fortune 500 com-        en) are relatively affordable. Get the most
flee New York in fear. But this city isn’t the   panies- AOL Time Warner alone employs             bang for your buck by voting yourself off the
proving ground for the best and the brightest    more than 400 lawyers companywide, many           island to booming Fort Greene, Brooklyn, or
for nothing. Witness Sidley Austin Brown &       in its various New York City enterprises.         Astoria, Queens.
Wood, the World Trade Center Tower 1 law
firm that was up and running on September        Billing hours not your idea of a good time?       HOT SHOPPING
12, even as clients and opponents offered        Crack down on terrorists, wiseguys, and oth-      When in New York, go to Barneys-the
to put matters on hold and allow the firm        er ne’er-do-wells as a special agent with the     country’s best all-around spot for men’s
time to regroup. Yes, things have changed        FBI-the New York office will likely add scores    and women’s business threads. If money’s
immeasurably in the past year-term limits        of JDs in 2002. If you prefer your pay in         tight, wait for the legendary warehouse sales
have sent Sir Rudy into the private sector, an   karma points, the Legal Aid Society employs       (August and February). The fiscally fit hit the
awful scar remains at Ground Zero, and the       some 900 attorneys who represent indigents        new Rem Koolhaas-designed Prada flagship
decade-long party known as the nineties is       and other clients in need. Still in law school?   store, in SoHo, or Jeffrey, in the meatpacking
a distant memory. But the fact is the city is    Try an internship with the Manhattan District     district, for daring designer finds-especially
well on its way toward rebuilding, and a stub-   Attorney’s Office-you might get to second-        shoes. Edgy boutique-firm types can distin-
born sense of optimism is reemerging. The        chair an ADA on a trial.                          guish themselves with accessories from Paul
economy-including law firm work-is picking                                                         Smith-maybe a polka-dot wallet?
up. Restaurants and clubs are hopping. And       HOT TICKETS
Mayor Bloomberg takes weekends off he’s          For those keeping score, the Nets and Mets        HOT RESTAURANTS
so confident things are chill. In other words,   are in, the Knicks and Yankees are out; get       With all due respect to Paris, New York is
this most urbane of cities remains the undis-    your season tickets before the rest of the        still the finest place on the planet to chow
puted legal capital of America-and one of the    tristate area catches on. On Broadway, try        down. Two hot spots of the moment are Craft
world’s most exciting places to live.            Urinetown (a smart, funny satire disguised        (the latest offering from Gramercy Tavern
                                                 as a postapocalyptic musical about public         chef and foodie god Tom Colicchio) and Town
HOT JOBS                                         toilets) or Topdog/Underdog (the rapper Mos       (New American cuisine in one of the city’s
Despite notable layoffs at other big firms in    Def and Ali’s Jeffrey Wright star as a pair of    chicest dining rooms). Nothing will impress a
2001, Sullivan & Cromwell, a world leader in     down-and-out dysfunctional brothers). If fine     client like lunch at midtown’s renowned Four
M&A deals, and Schulte Roth & Zabel, with        art’s your thing, hit the Metropolitan Museum     Seasons restaurant-try the sautéed bison,
its highbrow trusts-and-estates practice,        of Art. “Splendid Isolation: Art of Easter        and don’t forget the company AmEx. If you
grew significantly. New York-centric Cravath,    Island” runs through August 4.                    can get a table at Rao’s, Martin Scorsese’s
Swaine & Moore, which serves top-shelf                                                             sometime hangout in Harlem, order pasta
Wall Street clients, is unrivaled in prestige.   HOT NEIGHBORHOODS                                 and forget practicing law ‘cause you’ve
Shearman & Sterling handles some of the          It still ain’t cheap to live in Manhattan, but    already made it.
world’s most challenging international work.     areas near Ground Zero, such as Battery Park
And mega-megafirm Skadden, Arps, Slate,          City and TriBeCa, are seeing real bargains        HOT BARS
Meagher & Flom offers diversified practice       (some people are uncomfortable living there;      NYC sets the lubrication trends, so pay at-
areas, unsurpassed name recognition, and a       others see it as patriotic). Hip, happening       tention if you want to know what they’ll be
tidy starting salary of $140,000 per year.       Chelsea and the “edge neighborhoods” east         downing in Des Moines two years from now.

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If Salvador Dalí were alive and drinking, he’d
be at Hudson Bar-the latest A-lister hangout
(Gwyneth, Matt, et al.) with such surrealist
design touches as a log bench next to Louis
XV chairs. A plush, private booth at Underbar
(below the W Hotel Union Square) is a prime
place for canoodling. Later, if you must get
jiggy, the massive dance floor at Centro-Fly
will obscure your “developing” moves.


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