Nick Papa isn’t a Biggie Smalls reference. It’s my real name. I’m a fifth-generation New Yorker who likes traveling, pop culture of the ’80s and lots of pasta arrabbiata.
I knew I wanted to write from a very young age. My first story ‘5 reasons why mom won’t let me eat Oreos before dinner’ was written in 1997, a decade before BuzzFeed. I was convinced I could make my millions in journalism. I was wrong, but realistically I need a job where I can wear jeans and boat shoes.
I lived in London and traveled a lot in college. Before graduating in 2011 I got an internship at CheapOair, an online travel agency. There, I made myself incredibly annoying and insisted on writing and doing as much as I could. In 2014, I joined Booking.com, planet earth’s #1 accommodation site, as a content editor. My day was spent writing, editing and organizing copy and photography that helped travelers find and book the perfect accommodation.
Now, I’m an account manager and copywriter Spherical, a digital marketing agency, where I travel to U.S. and global destinations producing social media content for luxury and lifestyle hotels.
Why New York?
I’m a fifth-generation New Yorker, so turning every corner feels familiar, no matter how far off the beaten path. My great-grandparents experienced New York in the Roaring ’20s, my grandmother worked at CBS on the Dick Clark show in the ’50s, and I now live in Brooklyn where my dad hung out in the ’70s, not far from the town in Long Island were, in the ’80s, my mom worked for the legendary pianist and singer-songwriter Billy Joel.