Jackie 60

Debbie Harry at a Jackie 60 event with the Fur Balls, March 2, 1993, Mother, New York. Photo: Catherine McGann/Getty Images.

ON JUNE 26, 2015—that hot Friday when the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, kicking off a joyful and extra-legit Pride weekend in NYC—I sat in an air-conditioned gallery on the seventh floor of the Museum of Arts and Design with a small group of people, young queers and some familiar faces from a very particular, very gracefully aging demimonde. Debbie Harry was there; so were the photographer Alice O’Malley and the performer and DJ Michael Cavadias (aka Lily of the Valley). Each with our own pair of padded headphones, we gazed down at the traffic crawling north from Columbus Circle toward Lincoln Center, listening with smiles to a preview of director and multidisciplinary artist Rob Roth’s sound installation Night Paving, 2015–. His “aural history” is a narrative collage of voices and music, a bittersweet portrait of another era and a different Manhattan—-the

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