CelebHomes: What made you get your job? New York Observer column? 

CB: That was always my dream since the mid 80s. I wanted to write a monthly column or a weekly column that was a continuous story. And all the guys laughed at me when I told them, “I want mine own column.” And then at The New York ObserverIt’s almost like I shoved my way into there. The piece was pitched and I presented it. It did land. This was an enormous piece that they loved. And I kept pitching other pieces.

Women must show their work, and then sell it to others. I had been actively looking into starting my own column. Finaly, the editor-in-chief of The New York Observer put it together and was like, “Maybe we should give you your own column.” It was then that I realized that this would be my breakthrough. Even though my writing was similar to the work I did for women’s magazines, it made me more valuable because I was writing for an organization that was more male-oriented. Although many women who wrote for magazines were great writers, nobody took it seriously. Overcoming sexism has been an important part of my life.