I've been a 1%-er (as a whole an overrated experience, being rich, but the food is good) and I've been a half-dead copywriter living in a weekly (very vivid artistically, but starvation isn't a great sensation). Everything is ups and downs. Brooklyn ex-pat. Also lived in LA (hated it, for the cliche reasons) and Atlanta (loved it, for ridiculous reasons).
Note: most of my questions were answered drunk and/or listening to Biggie, so...grain of salt.