// KEVIN //

KEVIN // 21Y // NYC

 

Name?

Kevin Thompson. 

 Age?

21 years old.

 From? 

From New York. 

 What sound would you associate NY with?

The sound of traffic

 What sound would you associate yourself with?

Wheezing burping giggles. 

 Where are you now and what time is it?

10:35pm in my backyard. 

Where are you going next?

To my bed(room).

 I find coffee at Ninth Street delicious. What’s your favorite coffee place in NY?

I recently stopped drinking coffee but when I did drink coffee I usually made my own. 

  Are you in love?

Yes. 

 What’s the last cocktail you drunk, where?

Gin and tonic and zuma.  

 If NY was a person, would it be your mother, uncle, boy or girl friend, sister, brother, aunt?

I don’t know what to say about that.

 More binoculars are sold in NY compared to any other place on Earth. What can you see from your place and what was the most memorable sight you’ve enjoyed from your windows?

There was a blooming cherry blossom in my backyard in Greenpoint that was amazing in the early spring. 

 NY’s foundations are archaic. Tubes are rusting. Steel is breaking. Do you feel the city is crumbling or is it constantly resurrecting? When was the last time you resurrected?

They're working hard to resurrect it as it crumbles. Everytime I eat I am born again. 

 What’s nasty about NY?

Public displays of urine and hot garbage.

 Where do you spend most of your time?

In transit.

 Your favorite concert venue?

I like outdoor concerts like Prospect Park or Central Park.

 Is Brooklyn still Brooklyn?

I am not one to say. 

 

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/ ITW by REMY RUSSOTTO /

/ photo by MARK BENJAMIN /

/ Kevin at BMG New York /

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// ELISEU //

ELISEU // 19Y // NYC

 

Name?
Eliseu Zimmer.

Age?
19.

From?
Santa Catarina, Brazil.

NY is made of steel. Are you?
Sometimes we have no other option.

How would you describe your body?
Tall and skinny. Other than that I think my body is a temple, an extension of my soul. So I try to take good care of it in order to have a healthy mind in a healthy body.

Given climate change, the Atlantic will rise. When will the first wave hit NY?
I don’t really believe in climate change, ice poles melting, global warming and other catastrophes blamed on us. Earth’s been here long before us and “natural disasters” always existed. That’s how our planet was created, no?! Just by the simple fact that we inhabit this planet, wake up every morning, pick an apple from a tree, swim in a lake and step on the grass at the park we are already causing an impact, in a small proportion, and interfering in that ecosystem. WE are nature. If our planet comes to a natural destruction one day, so be it. Natural catastrophes are natural. That’s how life works, the old dies to give space for the new to grow.

Who was your first love, how young were you?
My first love was a girl from pre-school. Her name was Ana Paula. She was the only reason why I wanted to go to school every day. We used to hold hands and play together during lunch breaks. I used to say she was my girlfriend. I was probably around 7 years old. I only have good memories of those days …

Ever crossed the Atlantic from Europe to NY (the sight of NY emerging in the distant blue)?
Yes! And the feeling is always the same. At any time of the night seeing all those lights from above makes me think: “This is really happening. I am here!" NY is an amazing city, it’s very intense. It’s either 8 or 80. One day you can be doing the most amazing thing of your life surrounded by the most amazing people and one hour later you can be stuck in traffic in Times Square. The city can give you the best and the worst. It’s so intense and tiring sometimes that I’m always planning an escape: Miami, Brazil, Europe. But it’s the one place that whenever I come back I call it home. 

I find coffee at Ninth Street delicious. What’s your favorite coffee place in NY?
I’ll try it then. Well, I can’t really name one specific coffee shop as my favorite because each one is very particular. I’m always looking for new ones, since there are so many good cafes in the city. I just try not to repeat so I can get to know different ones every time and never go to big chains.  I find some very good ones in Brooklyn and downtown Manhattan.

What sound would you associate NY with?
New Dorp. New York by SBTRKT. Just listen to it walking around the city and tell me what you think.

What sound would you associate yourself with?
“Soap” by Melanie Martinez. It’s a song that will always bring me a lot of good memories and nice feelings because it relates to my first job when I arrived in NY. Where I played her partner in the music video. Other than that my favorite kind of music is electronic and classical.

Where are you now and what time is it?
I am sitting on my sofa answering these questions. And right now it’s 9:53am.

Where are you going next?
After this I’m going to my agency, RED NY, and check what castings I have for today.

Are you in love?
I’m always in love.

What’s the last cocktail you drank, where?
The last cocktail I had was probably in Brazil where you can drink as of 18.  But I’m a bigger fan of fermented drinks like wine and beer.

If NY was a person, would it be your mother, uncle, boy or girl friend, sister, brother, aunt?
If NY was a person it’d definitely be my mother. Very intense, someone who I always tried to escape from to fly with my own wings but was always happy to come back to and feel at home.

More binoculars are sold in NY compared to any other place on Earth. What can you see from your place and what was the most memorable sight you’ve enjoyed from your windows?
That’s an interesting fact and it makes sense. Haha. From my place I can see a lot of different apartments and backyards (I live in Brooklyn). I have my neighbors from downstairs who party a lot. Lol. There’s also a building under construction so I see a lot of people working on it everyday. And the best thing about my view is being able to see the Empire State changing its colors every night from my balcony.    

NY’s foundations are archaic. Tubes are rusting. Steel is breaking. Do you feel the city is crumbling or is it constantly resurrecting? When was the last time you resurrected?
I agree that NYC is very archaic but I see it in constant resurrection. The sound of jackhammers and walking under “construction structures” is a constant. It seems like NY is 24h under construction. I believe I’m resurrecting every day. Each day we wake up we’re different. Even our cells renew.

What’s nasty about NY?
Rude people, subway tracks, rats, McDonalds are usually, and two days after it snows. That’s mostly it.

Where do you spend most of your time?
Around the city, walking around. Either going to the agency, castings, jobs, gym, etc.

Your favorite concert venue?
Lincoln Center.

Is Brooklyn still Brooklyn?
I don’t know. I’ve been in Brooklyn for 1 year now and it’s been the same since I got here. I really like it, it’s a complete different atmosphere and lifestyle than Manhattan. But there are some places in BK that are very commercial, where everything looks the same and boring.   

 

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/ ITW by REMY RUSSOTTO /

/ photo by MARK BENJAMIN /

/Eliseu at Red Model Management / 

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// GAVIN //

GAVIN // 21Y // NYC

 

 Name?

Gavin Lindemuth.

 Age?

21.

   From?

A small town called Dunmore in Pennsylvania, next to Scranton, PA. It’s famous because it’s where the TV show “The Office” takes place.

 NY is made of steel. Are you?

I would say so. I've had every accident happen to me as possible, such as getting hit by a car or my appendix exploding, but I’m still kicking. 

 How would you describe your body?

I'm pretty tiny & have an athletic build from all the sports I used to play… but my Instagram comments will give you a more entertaining description! 

 Given climate change, the Atlantic will rise. When will the first wave hit NY?

I'm not Al Roker but I hope I'm not there when it happens! 

 Who was your first love, how young were you?

 I was 17 & it was with a boy that I dated for over 2 years. He's still a reoccurring factor in my life.

 Ever crossed the Atlantic from Europe to NY (the sight of NY emerging in the distant blue)?

Yes, I have. It's unreal to see the view at night with the lights. It’s crazy when things you expect to look so big look so small.

 I find coffee at Ninth Street delicious. What’s your favorite coffee place in NY?

 Maman NYC in Soho. I get the best cappuccinos there & the staff is so friendly. 

 What sound would you associate NY with?

Loud honking & tourists asking for directions. 

 What sound would you associate yourself with?

A mix of Leonard Cohen, Sky Ferreira, & some muffled moans. 

 Where are you now and what time is it?

I'm currently in Nice, France & it's ‪7:06 PM

 Where are you going next?

I’m currently traveling through Europe, so I'm headed to Portugal, Italy, France, Spain, and the UK. Then I’m back to NYC.

 Are you in love?

Trying not to be. 

 What’s the last cocktail you drank, where?

I had a Long Island Iced Tea on a boat in the Mediterranean Sea.  

 If NY was a person, would it be your mother, uncle, boy or girl friend, sister, brother, aunt?

It would be my ex-boyfriend, he's about as NY as anyone can get. 

 More binoculars are sold in NY compared to any other place on Earth. What can you see from your place and what was the most memorable sight you’ve enjoyed from your windows?

 I live in Chelsea, so I can see a bunch of restaurants & a puppy store where dogs run around in the window all day. The most memorable sights are all the people chasing after cabs when they realize they forgot something in them. 

 NY’s foundations are archaic. Tubes are rusting. Steel is breaking. Do you feel the city is crumbling or is it constantly resurrecting? When was the last time you resurrected?

 While buildings are rustic, there’s so many new buildings being put up all the time. It’s a mix of old and new. Regarding my resurrection, I would say that happens frequently. When something makes you unhappy, change it & pave your own path.

 What’s nasty about New York?

Some people have a twisted sense of self, and it causes them to think they are important. So many people want to try to bring you down, which makes the city isolating. You have to really know who your friends are & I’ve got great friends.

 Where do you spend most of your time?

I spend most of my time at the PR firm I intern for, MaoPR. I spend the rest of the time running between Le Bain, Flash Factory, & ‪Friday night’s at Ladyfag’s ‪11:11, where my friends host. 

  Your favorite concert venue?

I've seen the best shows at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia. It's always a great crowd & musicians.

 Is Brooklyn still Brooklyn?

Brooklyn will always be important in its cultural significance to New York City. That being said, gentrification has shifted BK from the rough and tough lifestyle that Lil Kim’ preaches about in her song “Lighters Up” to hipsters. Regardless, the borough is extremely beautiful, and is a blissful little escape from the hectic Manhattan world.

 

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/ ITW by REMY RUSSOTTO /

/ photo by MARK BENJAMIN /

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// LOUIS //

 LOUIS // 18Y // NYC

 

Name?

Louis Bubko.

 Age?

18.

 From?

A small rural town called Jefferson. I'm now in Harlem.

 NY is made of steel. Are you?

Definitely not.

 How would you describe your body?

P.H.A.T. (pretty hot and tempting).

 Given climate change, the Atlantic will rise. When will the first wave hit NY?

Hopefully after I move out.

 Who was your first love, how young were you?

I'm still with my first love and we've been dating for a year now.

 Ever crossed the Atlantic from Europe to NY (the sight of NY emerging in the distant blue)?

Yeah I have, it's pretty picturesque. It lives up to the ideas of what people think of NY.

 I find coffee at Ninth Street delicious. What’s your favorite coffee place in NY?

I like convenience and I'm not picky so my go-to tends to be Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts, it does the job.

 What sound would you associate NY with?

Homeless people on the subway.

 What sound would you associate yourself with?

White noise.

 Where are you now and what time is it?

Taco Bell and it is 3:27 PM.

 Where are you going next?

Hopefully home.

 Are you in love?

Yeah I am and it's amazing.

 What’s the last cocktail you drank, where?

Something with tequila, with my boyfriend at our apartment .

 If NY was a person, would it be your mother, uncle, boy or girl friend, sister, brother, aunt?

It's definitely my mother, it teaches me a lot.

 More binoculars are sold in NY compared to any other place on Earth. What can you see from your place and what was the most memorable sight you’ve enjoyed from your windows?

I always hear and see people yelling at each other in the streets. I like couples doing it the best.

 NY’s foundations are archaic. Tubes are rusting. Steel is breaking. Do you feel the city is crumbling or is it constantly resurrecting? When was the last time you resurrected?

It's definitely a place that continues to resurrect itself but the tap water is pretty gross so the tubes rusting might be valid. I'm currently trying to resurrect into a happy, mindful person.

 What’s nasty about NY?

The smell of hot trash and exhaust in the summer.

 Where do you spend most of your time?

Exploring Central Park.

 Your favorite concert venue?

Terminal 5.

 Is Brooklyn still Brooklyn?

It's still the only Brooklyn I know.

 

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/ ITW by REMY RUSSOTTO /

/ photo by MARK BENJAMIN /

/ Louis at Fusion Models /

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// PAOLO //

PAOLO // 23Y // NYC

 

Name?

Paolo Fanoli.

 Age?

23.

 From?

Rome, Italy, moved to NYC 5 years ago.

 NY is made of steel. Are you?

No. Mostly plastic and baby oil.

 How would you describe your body?

Plastic, baby oil, and some hair.

 Given climate change, the Atlantic will rise. When will the first wave hit NY?

It sadly already happened with Sandy.

 Who was your first love, how young were you?

Ned Flanders from The Simpsons. There is one episode where the whole family goes skiing and Ned is wearing a very tight suit. I remember watching the scene at age 6 and feeling a certain tingling sensation.

 Ever crossed the Atlantic from Europe to NY (the sight of NY emerging in the distant blue)?

You mean on a boat? No. Planes were already a thing when I moved here.

 I find coffee at Ninth Street delicious. What’s your favorite coffee place in NY?

9th street is about 1.5 miles long and has about 12 coffee shops, wish you were a tiny bit more specific… anyway coffee tastes pretty much the same everywhere to me… lately I’ve been sort of into this little coffee shop in front of my place on Ludlow in the Lower East side. One of the barista is pure daddy material <3, huge crush.

 What sound would you associate NY with?

… anything that produces a sound. New York is never quiet.

 What sound would you associate yourself with?

Mmmh… no.

 Where are you now and what time is it?

In my boss’ apartment, it’s 2:04 PM.

 Where are you going next?

Home.

 Are you in love?

Always, about 3 to 7 times a day.

 What’s the last cocktail you drunk, where?

Some frozen passion fruit thing in Miami.

 If NY was a person, would it be your mother, uncle, boy or girl friend, sister, brother, aunt?

Hard to imagine, New York would probably be some fat lady carrying her fully dressed tiny dog in a Dior bag… she also has green hair though…

 More binoculars are sold in NY compared to any other place on Earth. What can you see from your place and what was the most memorable sight you’ve enjoyed from your windows?

Tons of sex. I’ve seen people fuck from my apartment from across the street at least 5 times.

 NY’s foundations are archaic. Tubes are rusting. Steel is breaking. Do you feel the city is crumbling or is it constantly resurrecting? When was the last time you resurrected?

Constantly resurrecting. This morning, from my bed to go to work.

 What’s nasty about NY?

The smell of hot China Town trash.

 Where do you spend most of your time?

My bed. I love my bed.

 Your favorite concert venue?

My bed.

 Is Brooklyn still Brooklyn?

Never been there. 

 

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/ ITW by REMY RUSSOTTO /

/ photo by MARK BENJAMIN /

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// DYLAN //

DYLAN // 18Y // NYC

 

Name?

I am Dylan Fender.

Age?

18, as of the time of me writing this!

From?

Northern California.

 NY is made of steel. Are you?

Yeah I'm super tough.

 How would you describe your body?

Boyish, skinny, I suppose.

 Given climate change, the Atlantic will rise. When will the first wave hit NY?

Whoa yeah, I was reading about this. Man, I can't tell the future, but they said something like 2020.

 Who was your first love, how young were you?

Love is weird; I haven't felt like I was actually in love until my current girlfriend.

 Ever crossed the Atlantic from Europe to NY (the sight of NY emerging in the distant blue)?

Is this a yes or no question? Yes, I have.

 I find coffee at Ninth Street delicious. What’s your favorite coffee place in NY?

I haven't ingested an entire cup of coffee in my entire life. Maybe I can start, but I don't have too many energy problems. I like Lantern Hall near my apartment; it's a cute little cafe/bar. They have Mario Kart set up 24/7 as well. I mean, I don't know of any other cafes so that’s that.

 What sound would you associate NY with?

Police bloops & blips, and honking.

 What sound would you associate yourself with?

I asked my friends, rather. One said "ambient noises" and the other said "crackling fire".

 Where are you now and what time is it?

I'm in “Beacon's Closet” in Greenpoint and it’s 4:07 PM.

 Where are you going next?

I'm headed to either Chinatown or a cafe near me for a cold drink!

 Are you in love?

I am indeed. Very much so. I never thought I would be so young, and I'm taking it a day at a time. I feel incredibly fortunate to have such an amazing person in my life.

 What’s the last cocktail you drank, where?

I remember I had this cute drink called a “Pink Mink” at a "Fur Party" in midtown. That was quite a while ago.

I don't like drinking too much.

 If NY was a person, would it be your mother, uncle, boy or girl friend, sister, brother, aunt?

It would just be a dude who's pretty harsh but relatively personable, and chain-smokes like there's no tomorrow.

 More binoculars are sold in NY compared to any other place on Earth. What can you see from your place and what was the most memorable sight you’ve enjoyed from your windows?

I can see the city in the distance from my rooftop. My friends and I often watch the sunset and listen to lovely tunes, as well as take photos in the orange light.

 NY’s foundations are archaic. Tubes are rusting. Steel is breaking. Do you feel the city is crumbling or is it constantly resurrecting? When was the last time you resurrected?

It sure looks like it's in a state of constant falling and repair. I'd say it's constantly resurrecting itself. I feel like I resurrect myself every time I wake up. It's a new day.

 What’s nasty about NY?

Honestly, with how many people there are in this small area, it's relatively clean. I'm quite impressed with how much upkeep goes into keeping the infrastructure working and somewhat clean. I'd say the prices here are the nastiest thing.

 Where do you spend most of your time? Your favorite concert venue?

I spend most of my time at the apartment I'm staying at with my friend, reading or doing homework, as I'm still in university.

 Is Brooklyn still Brooklyn?

That's what my map says. I haven't been here long enough to know "True" Brooklyn. 

 

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ITW by REMY RUSSOTTO /

/ photo by MARK BENJAMIN /

/ Dylan at Fusion Models /

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