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Lawrence Lerner is a writer, editor and photographer based in New York City. He graduated with a B.A. in English from Syracuse University, and holds an M.A. in American History from Rutgers University and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University.

Until recently, Lerner was the Editor of Chelsea Now, a 25,000-circulation weekly community newspaper in Manhattan that he helped launch in September 2006, which covers Chelsea and Clinton/Hell's Kitchen; the West Village; the Meatpacking, Garment and Flatiron Districts; and Union Square. Lerner started as the paper's full-time reporter and was promoted to Editor in January 2007. In that time, he expanded coverage of education, illegal hotels, real estate development, affordable housing, the LGBT community and myriad other issues while launching several successful columns and making Chelsea Now a must-read for area politicians and residents.

Prior to joining Chelsea Now, Lerner spent 10 years as a freelance copy editor for more than 40 magazines, book publishers and Websites, including Harper’s, Wired, Rolling Stone, Time Out New York, Maxim, Mirabella, Travel + Leisure, Talk Miramax Books, HarperCollins San Francisco, Individual Investor, Parenting, Saveur and Martha Stewart Living. He worked in the Public Affairs Office of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the aftermath of 9/11, writing press releases and photographing mayoral press and bioterrorism conferences, as well as the clean-up at Ground Zero. He also helped launch the online version of NetGuide magazine as a copy editor and writer back in 1996, as media companies first began publishing on the Web. Lerner’s freelance articles and reviews have appeared in Time Out New York, Maxim, XXL, Rave SQ and OhMyNews.com. His media appearances include www.IntoTheBox.tv, where in December 2007 he was interviewed about Manhattan’s Hudson Yards redevelopment project in a video report titled “Hudson Yards Hubbub.”

Lerner’s areas of interest include political and social-justice issues, education, culture and music. He spends his spare time playing drums, hiking and traveling.