New York Lifestyles Magazine Feature: MY NY STORY

I was born at the (now defunct) New York Hospital in Manhattan. My father was a young partner at a law firm and my mother worked in investment banking for Salomon Brothers, then First Boston. I only recently found out that instead of taking me directly home to our apartment on 114th Street & Riverside, as is customary when being discharged with a newborn, my parents decided to travel three hours in a car straight to our second home in Sag Harbor. It was a Thursday, after all, and understandably you can’t miss a summer Hamptons weekend!

We moved to Madison Avenue and 95th soon thereafter, where I spent the next 25 years of my life. My sister, Meredith, attended The Spence School, and I attended The Browning School. We had an incredible live-in nanny named Hyacinth “Ermie” Springer, a native of Barbados, who worked with us for all those years and is like a pseudo-grandmother to me (she is still alive and healthy at 87, and I go visit her frequently in Barbados). As many New York families tend to do, both my sister and I attended boarding school; my sister went to The Lawrenceville School, in Princeton, NJ, and I enrolled at St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH.

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POST A SELFIE? GET BANNED FOR A WHOLE WEEK

Social media, when used appropriately, is a powerful tool. It serves a utilitarian purpose by enabling the free exchange of ideas and information to a wide audience immediately without censorship. Objectively speaking, it is the ultimate “humanizer”: egalitarian, neutral and democratic in every sense of the word.

The problem is that millennials and the upcoming Generation Z have bastardized social media by using it as a weapon; not with guns and bombs, but rather with the selfie. It’s this passive-aggressive post (we’ve all seen it), on a beautiful beach somewhere swimming with dolphins, with the caption “wish you were here.” Or in other words, “Look how great my life is compared to yours.” We know it’s complete BS, and only a projection of the poster’s own insecurity. We also know that, in many cases, the person is likely in massive debt.

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KIRKUS Review: "Lively, appealing, and instructive; perfectly targeted to the millennial demographic."

KIRKUS REVIEW

A memoir/self-improvement debut offers millennials advice for living a full life.

Early on in this coming-of-age story, millennial Darrow says he faced life-changing events in his mid-20s. His parents divorced, remarried, and dealt with dual cancer diagnoses; his father died; he endured a breakup with a special girlfriend; and he closed his restaurant business after just one year. While devastating, this period also helped shape the author’s life philosophy, delivered with aplomb in a book that catalogs his developing maturity and provides contemporaries with wise tips for thriving. Insightful and rich with details, the guide is cleverly divided into seven sections, each representing an overarching attribute, such as “Wise Millennial,” “Healthy Millennial,” and “Adventurous Millennial.”

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Next Gen Spotlight: Peter Darrow

Spotlight on Peter Darrow

Meet Peter Darrow: Entrepreneur and author who is using his story to reveal that true meaning is found within oneself and one’s relationships.

Tell us about Wise Millennial: A Field Guide to Thriving in Modern Life

My upcoming book to be released on April 29th is called Wise Millennial: A Field Guide to Thriving in Modern Life and is published through my own company, Happy Wellness, Inc. My goal is to empower and inspire other young people to find their true happiness, by detaching from a lot of the messed up values we downloaded from our parents and society, and develop a healthy, strong "sense of self".

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Entrepreneur-Author Speaks out About Challenges to Millennial Health

Q&A WITH PETER NOBLE DARROW

Peter Noble Darrow is an entrepreneur who founded Darrow’s Farm Fresh Restaurant in NYC, a farm-to-table restaurant that was well received by customers and critics while in operation. Since the restaurant’s closing, Darrow has begun writing about health pointedly for the Millennial generation. Darrow is the author of “Wise Millennial” (April 2019), a field guide that points Millennials toward growth from the inside out.

Q: Tell us about your journey with Darrow’s Farm Fresh Restaurant. What does eating healthy mean to you? Do you think Millennials are more apt than other generations to care about what they eat?

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*GOLD AWARD WINNER* - NFAA

GOLD AWARD BOOK WINNER

Peter Noble Darrow’s book Wise Millennial: A Field Guide to Thriving in Modern Life helps fill a void in a niche that needs more books on how to be a Millennial and fewer on how to manage them. Using first-person experiences as a springboard for savvy advice, Darrow admits up front his privileged upbringing, which he says worked to his disadvantage. Rather than focusing on how business administrators can manage Millennials, Darrow teaches readers how to manage themselves without losing their identity.

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*REVIEW: 4/5 STARS* - Clarion Foreward

Reviewed by Hannah Hohman
March 20, 2019

4/5 STARS

Wise Millennial is an engaging and articulate self-help book that is certain to appeal to its target audience.

Peter Noble Darrow’s personal experiences become learning opportunities for others in Wise Millennial, an atypical and appealing self-help book.

Darrow’s life has been characterized by privilege, and he is the first to admit it. Through private schools, Upper East Side culture, and elite family mingling, he benefited from many advantages early on. But the millennial also experienced hardships that left him reeling, facing new doubts regarding his place in the universe. Hoping that his efforts to handle those hardships will help others of his generation face their own challenges, Darrow recounts the events that made him who he is today.

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*REVIEW: 5/5 STARS* - Readers' Favorite

Reviewed By Sandy Masia for Readers’ Favorite

5/5 STARS

Millennials live in a rapidly changing world, a world of complex markets, tech disruptions, uncertainty and great abundance. This has led to a dramatic shift in our lifestyles, our needs and how we go about fulfilling them. There is great confusion about everything; dating, relationships, professional life, health, finances, social life, career paths, entrepreneurship and, more worryingly, attaining security or happiness. Peter Noble Darrow recognizes this and in his book Wise Millennial he offers advice that is meant to equip millennials (and Gen Z'ers too) with adaptiveness. It includes insights and observations that bring clarity and confidence. 

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What to Do When Your Business Venture Fails

When I opened Darrow’s Farm Fresh restaurant in Gramercy/Union Square of Manhattan, I felt an all-time emotional high, as if I was king of the world! Over the course of the next few months, that initial excitement quickly turned into anxiety. Organizing media requests and PR, responding to positive (and negative!) Yelp reviews, constantly hiring employees and managing the turnover that typically plagues the restaurant industry, payroll for 30+ employees, negotiating with food suppliers (and keeping a close eye on those tight margins when they quietly raise prices), handling catering and private event requests, managing all of the different delivery platforms (Seamless, GrubHub, Postmates, etc.) and ensuring consistency/quality control… should I keep going? I think you get the idea. It was overwhelming! My health started declining. I was experiencing chronic headaches. I owned a health-centric restaurant, and wasn’t being healthy myself because I was stress eating all the time!

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MILLENNIALS NEED MEDITATION, NOT MEDICINE, FOR STRESS RELIEF AND HAPPINESS

I was recently single, and feeling a bit depressed. The first time I remember my friend telling me about meditation, I thought to myself, “What planet does this person come from?” I was convinced he had drunk the woo-woo kool-aid. A few weeks later, he tried telling me about it again and explained it a little further, and I thought he was even more crazy than the first time! Knowing my stubbornness (and the fact that I needed a boost of excitement), a few months later he finally said to me, “You know Pete, there are a lot of cute girls that meditate. And it’s a great way to meet people!” I quickly replied, “I’ll give it a shot.”

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4 Tips for Romantic Travel with a New Love Interest

Taking a trip with someone that you’re not seriously dating is RISKY. Will you be compatible? Will it be a miserable weekend? Or you might get a little insecure and become judgmental of yourself; What will my friends think? Would my parents approve of this behavior (note: who cares what they think)? Is this “weird” that I’m taking a trip with someone I barely know?

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How to Start Over in Life and Reinvent Yourself

After thousands of hours of therapy, introspection, and meditation, I finally began taking control of my life and creating my own opinions, most of which have evolved far beyond my family’s worldview.

You have the power to create your own reality. Your happiness lies from within and is not dependent upon others.

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