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for The New York Times: The Nights When New York Felt Alive Again
josé a. alvarado jr.
Aug 11, 2021
Location: City of New York
By 9 p.m., a blanket of darkness settles over the city. Dance parties begin in living rooms and voices crackle over the sound systems at karaoke with a confidence that almost exclusively comes from taking too many shots. People flood out of the city’s stadiums as baseball games let out, fans searching for a drink either to celebrate the win or drown the loss.

Michelle Joni Lapidos, who created Glinda the Good Bus, a glitzy hop-on hop-off party bus that cruises around Bushwick, said that this year encouraged her to be “more creative about how we do nights out.”

“It used to be very tucked away in bars and clubs,” she said. “I always had this vision that we should be out in the street.”

Even for those returning to more conventional venues, the energy felt extraordinary.

“You know when you go to a wedding, and everyone’s happy-drunk because it’s such a loved occasion?” Dana Slosar said as she celebrated her 27th birthday at La Noxe speakeasy in Manhattan. “New York is in full wedding mode for me.”

Photographed for The New York Times with words by Julia Carmel.
The Nights When New York Felt Alive Again
Over eight weeks this summer we documented nightlife as New Yorkers returned to the city’s deeply missed party scene. It ended up being a brief window of freedom, a hint at what we hope will be waiting for us on the other side of the pandemic.


José A. Alvarado Jr. is a visual storyteller devoted to documenting cultural and social issues, as well as human interest stories in the US and Puerto Rico.
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