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There were a lot of late nights. Even nights that became mornings.
The Times’s Metro desk spent six weeks this spring and summer documenting nightlife in New York City as more city dwellers became vaccinated and reveling bloomed. From late May through mid-July, nearly 40 photographers and nine reporters went to D.J. parties, bars, backyards and curbside gatherings.
New York at Night, a project in pictures, video and text that published online Friday, is a reminder of all the ways New Yorkers cut loose. Yes, there are wild warehouse parties in Brooklyn. But nightlife is also a dominoes game in the Bronx, a taco stand in Queens or a backyard hangout in Staten Island.
“You think of nightclubs, of course,” said Meghan Louttit, a deputy Metro editor who helped lead the project, but a goal was to capture the aspects of the city many don’t get to see, in all its vibrancy.
The team began by listing types of events it wanted to cover. Organized parties like Papi Juice and Hot Rabbit were important, and the time frame would overlap with Pride Month, the annual celebration of L.G.B.T.Q. rights. But there was also a focus on other kinds of free-spirited gatherings.
“After a few weeks we started asking, what are we missing?” Ms. Louttit said. “We don’t have karaoke. So we need to go out and shoot karaoke.”
Jonah Markowitz went out six nights, shooting video with his Canon C500 camera mounted to a stabilizing rig.
“I’ve had early call times,” he said.
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