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Bon vivant and man of many trades Nick Gray is hard to pin down, and not just because he is a ball of energy—pun intended. He demonstrated his juggling skills to me the other day in his new one-bedroom apartment in Greenwich Village. In addition to juggling, Gray works for his father's family business, Flight Display Systems, which manufactures electronic equipment for aircrafts. “It’s my first apartment that I have had all to myself,” Nick said. Its high ceilings are perfect for a juggler. He purchased some furniture from the rental’s previous tenant, but he brought his own baby trampoline.

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When I arrived, Nick immediately offered me a snack and said that although he doesn’t really cook, he loves hosting and putting out dishes for his friends. He also apologized somewhat for the song playing—Fun.’s “Some Nights.” He told me, “My friends are so over them; they were into the album ten weeks ago!” But I didn’t mind, as Fun. was blasting and the robot vacuum cleaner was busy cleaning.

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Nick lives with only the necessary furnishings, including a lightweight dining table and a file cabinet. That giant Post-it is left over from a party game on New Year’s Eve where guests wrote down their resolutions for the upcoming year. The apartment faces south, another bonus.

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Nick really lucked out with this place, as not only did he end up with some great modern furniture from the last tenant, but he also has a wood-burning fireplace that works. He inherited the plants, too, and definitely has a green thumb. The Post-it with an X above the fireplace marks the spot where a piece of art will eventually go.

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Nick is from Georgia, and moved to New York in 2007 after graduating from Wake Forest University in North Carolina and spending time in India developing a software company called BuddyGopher. He has been in this apartment for just eight weeks, but everywhere you turn there’s another wonderful feature, such as these French doors leading to a small balcony.

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This photo showcases two of Nick’s passions. First there’s juggling, which he says he studied as a kid and has been pursuing as an adult. “I posted on Craigslist for a teacher when I got here and found one of the best.” Nick discovered that one of his favorite places in the city is the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He takes friends on personal tours during the later hours on Friday and Saturday. You can read more about that on his website.

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Nick’s balcony abuts a massive wisteria vine.

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His bedroom is just big enough for a bed and a small dressing area.

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Just beyond the bed are this mirror and a closet, not shown.

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Nick works at this standing desk station he assembled, and like everything in the apartment, it can be easily moved in no time at all.

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Juan Luis Solis East Gun Hill Road and Bouck Avenue, the Bronx. Attempting to pass a double-parked car on June 22, 2007, Solis was struck by a box truck and died of severe head trauma. The truck did not stop.

Jeffrey Moore (left) Chauncey Street and Rockaway Avenue, Bed-Stuy. According to witnesses, on May 29, 2007, Moore was run over (twice) by his girlfriend Jeanine Harrington. She was indicted on charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon (her Nissan Pathfinder).

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Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

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