Why wealthy New Yorkers love their "paid friends"

11/13/2013 | New York Observer, The

Well-heeled New Yorkers are hiring people to be their friends. Personal shoppers, fine art consultants and yoga trainers are increasingly doing double-duty as friends and companions. "Once you've had paid friends who don't argue with you, it's actually quite hard to go back to real friends," says one aficionado.

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