As Nocturnalist, Ms. Nir covered more than 200 parties in 20 months, once attending 25 parties over five days. She has interviewed celebrities from Kanye West to Alec Baldwin, and had an audience — of sorts — with the Queen of Spain. Over the course of her breaking news work, Ms. Nir camped out overnight at Zuccotti Park with the Occupy Wall Street protesters, and later covered the dismantling of the camp live via Twitter feed. Before becoming a staff member, Ms. Nir freelanced for 11 sections of the paper, traveling to the Alaskan wilderness in search of people who prefer to live in isolation, and to post-quake Haiti.
In 2015, she won the June Sidney Award for “The Price of Nice Nails” and “Perfect Nails, Poisoned Workers, an investigative series for the New York Times that exposed the rampant exploitation of immigrant women working in New York’s nail salons.