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Tiffany Pasqualone and her father, Michael Pasqualone
“Bad to the Bone” by George Thorogood and the Destroyers

“My dad’s always had the long hair, tattoos, and he rides a Harley. ‘Bad to the Bone’ will forever be his song. It reminds me of my happy youth.”

Photo: Joe Leonard

Lisa Sparano and her father, Giuseppe Sparano
“Just Dance” by Lady Gaga

“My father had hidden the Lady Gaga glasses in his jacket pocket, and when the music began, we spun around and put them on. Our guests loved it. We’re both huge fans, which is hilarious, because he’s very traditional.”

Photo: Ricky Restiano

Cara Chard and her father, David Chard
“Ring My Bell” by Anita Ward

“In the late seventies, my dad was known as Disco Dave. He often said this song reminded him of the time he met my mother. When the first notes came on, his whole face lit up.”

Photo: Dreamscape Studio

Adeeb Mohiuddin and her husband, Aaron Ekroth
“40 Day Dream” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

“Aaron had used the intro of this song in a video he did for Sixpoint Ales. While traveling for work, I finally listened to the lyrics, and I felt like he was with me. It was the last dance at our wedding, but our first time sharing the song.”

Photo: Les Loups Pictures + Songs

Antonio Tomaro and his husband, Jason Bailey, with their children Reagan and Troy Bailey
“I Love You Always Forever” by Donna Lewis

“Reagan and I recorded ourselves singing this for Jay as a Father’s Day present, so he had an inkling it would make a great first song. When Donna Lewis took the stage, Troy and Reagan jumped on me, and we all started singing.”

Photo: Brian Hatton

Gin Galletti and her husband, Kyle Cantrell
“Wild One” by Thin Lizzy

“I used to listen to this song and dream of the man I might meet one day. I met Kyle on a trip to San Francisco, and I played it for him while we drove around in the sun. We knew something magical was happening.”

Photo: Joanna Trimble

Jack Elliott and his mother, Lynda Kunkel
“Take Your Mama” by Scissor Sisters

“My mom’s heyday was the Studio 54 era, but none of those songs quite fit. Our D.J. suggested ‘Take Your Mama.’ It was perfect. The Scissor Sisters have such a fun, irreverent take on disco. Mom really appreciated it.”

Photo: Levi Stolove

Lori Bergamotto and her husband, Nick Barnhorst
“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

“Nick and I met while he was living in San Diego, and I was in NYC. We flew back and forth for four years. Despite the distance (mountains and valleys), nothing kept us from one another.”

Photo: John Decker

Roxanne Wiles and her husband, Jeff Delaney
“Rack City (Clean Version)” by Tyga

“We wanted our first dance to be memorable, so before launching into a Ray LaMontagne love ballad, we delivered our best pop-and-lock robot moves to ‘Rack City.’ Our guests’ expressions went from confusion to embarrassment to elation. We achieved our goal.”

Photo: Julian Mackler/Mackler Studios


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Craig Murphey (left) Ten Eyck Street and Union Avenue, Williamsburg. Early in the morning of October 18, 2007, Murphey was biking home from escorting his date to her South Williamsburg apartment. According to police reports, Murphey attempted to outrun a gas truck turning left on Ten Eyck Street. His pelvis shattered on impact, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. In his honor, over 40 friends have since received tattoos that read BE BETTER.

Frank C. Simpson Linden Boulevard near 175th Street, St. Albans. Simpson, a janitor returning from the evening shift at a Con Edison facility, was hit by a Dodge Stratus on November 9, 2006.

Jose Mora (left) North Conduit and McKinley Avenues, Cypress Hills. On September 4, 2006, 11-year-old Mora was on his way to the barber for a back-to-school haircut; that week, he was to start the sixth grade at nearby Junior High School 302. He was struck by a Honda while walking his bike across an intersection.

Jonathan Neese South 4th Street and Roebling Street, Williamsburg. On August 12, 2006, Neese, a bike messenger known as “Bronx Jon,” was struck by a livery cab while cycling from Brooklyn to Manhattan.

Sam Khaled Hindy (left) Base of the Manhattan Bridge. On November 16, 2007, Hindy was run over after mistakenly entering a Manhattan Bridge lane reserved for cars.

Habian Rodriguez Main Street and Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing. On September 1, 2007, Rodriguez collided with a city bus and died 30 minutes later.

Elizabeth Padilla (left) Fifth Avenue and Prospect Place, Park Slope. Commuting to the Brooklyn Bar Association on June 9, 2005, Padilla swerved to avoid the open door of a parked P.C. Richard’s truck. She lost control of her bike and fell underneath the wheels of an ice-cream delivery truck.

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).

Derek Lake Houston Street and La Guardia Place. On June 26, 2006, Lake reportedly skidded on a steel construction plate and was crushed underneath the wheels of a passing truck.

Elijah Armand Wrancher (left) Springfield Boulevard and 130th Avenue, Springfield Gardens. On August 28, 2007, 12-year-old Wrancher attempted to ride his bicycle while holding onto a moving truck. He lost his grip and fell under the truck’s rear wheel.

David Smith Sixth Avenue and 36th Street. On December 5, 2007, Smith was biking up Sixth Avenue when the passenger-side door of a parked pickup truck opened unexpectedly. He was knocked into the path of an oncoming truck.

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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