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Reasons to Love New York

33. Because You Can Party on the Way to Your Party

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7. Max Lodge
26, Williamsburg, actor
I was coming back from a shoot—an indie film based on Candide. I play a footman. I was still wearing my makeup, eighteenth-century style. I went home, then decided I’d kick myself if I didn’t go see [Greenpoint club] Studio B outfitted as a roller rink—as it turned out, it wasn’t outfitted as a roller rink; it was just a bunch of people on skates being drunk. You could hardly move. No room for wide, graceful turns.”

8. Adam Mac Kay
28, Park Slope, Saatchi & Saatchi account executive
Jennifer Sanzone
26, Park Slope, merchandiser for Haskell Jewels
(pictured: Sanzone’s leg)
Jennifer: “Adam and I were on our way to the D line to go home. We had been to the Richard Prince exhibit at the Guggenheim and then at the Dove bar in Soho having a drink. Nothing much happened. We got on the wrong train. Then we got on the right train.”

9. Jamie Debell
23, Washington Heights, Abercrombie & Fitch manager
“I met Frank [Eaton] after work to go bowling. I remember looking at the hats girls were wearing. A lot of people are wearing hats these days.”

10. Frank Eaton
24, Hoboken, Abercrombie & Fitch manager
“We were going to Williamsburg to that bowling bar that just opened, the Gutter. We were there for like three hours waiting to bowl. By the time our number came up, we were already leaving.”

11. Leo Malamud
24, visiting from Newport Beach, engineer
“I like New York, but the way people make it seem, it’s like there are models everywhere. By comparison to Los Angeles, Miami, and Vegas, the clubs were about the same. And New York looked like an older city—L.A. and Newport Beach look newer. Also, it was too cold.”

12. Sean McCracken
27, Chinatown, on disability
“I was free-climbing and shattered my ankle. I actually have the wheelchair so I can go out—I had crutches for a while, but people don’t look out for you, and you get knocked over if the floor is wet. In a wheelchair, you create your own space. You can hold a drink, and you always have a place to sit. We were gonna watch a roller derby in Brooklyn, but we ended up at [Williamsburg Thai restaurant] Sea for drinks and got kicked out for dancing. After that, we got a cab back to Manhattan to the Sullivan Room to dance. In a wheelchair, you can do a lot of spins, a lot of wheelies. Girls will come over and sit on me, and I’ll take them for a ride. They have a blast with it, but in the end, they don’t take me seriously. They’re like, ‘What, exactly, is not working?’ ”

Reported by Kaija Helmetag, Kai Ma, Jen Wieczner, and Rachel Winter.


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