NY Times’ LEV Blog: East Village Nights

Our final project for this semester was a night life series for the New York Times’ Local East Village blog and I chose to do my piece on the DJs of I Love Vinyl (one of my fave parties to attend in NYC!)

One of the guys Jon Oliver also hosts a late night show on East Village Radio. The footage in the piece above was captured between midnight and 2am, a perfect fit for the “EV Nights” theme of the series!

Also as good fortune would have it the same week I was set to shoot he was going to have the South African/Canadian musician Zaki Ibrahim in the studio, too!

I also chatted with 3 out of the 6 I Love Vinyl collective about the record store culture in the east village in the piece below featuring DJs Scribe, Amir and Twilite Tone (who happens to be Chaka Khan’s nephew and rapper Common’s DJ)

I love shooting at night and… I love shooting solo. The two things I discovered on this project! It’s a huge challenge of course having to handle all the editing, sound, lighting and interviewing on your own (and I have several mishaps and technical dramas to show for it)  but it’s also great to have absolute autonomy as to how a piece turns out.

And I’m pretty proud of the end outcomes on these…

You can check out the posts on the New York Times’ blog here and here

Partying with Nick Zinner for NY Times East Village!

Anyone who knows me knows that if anyone can work a party (for journalistic reasons, of course) it’s me!

However given the very seriaaaas journalism that goes on at NYU i haven’t had the opportunity to flex my party stalker muscles recently.  That was until i got the call to cover the 10th anniversary of  Lower East Side cool kid night spot LIT/Fuse Gallery. Of course i jumped at the opportunity i mean this is where Kate Moss has been spotted and Lindsay Lohan goes to get..er, LIT!

So me and my video camera crawled into a coffin shaped storeroom, rubbed shoulders with the VVIPs, shimmied on the dance floor and even cornered Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs in a very dark green room to bring you and the readers of the NY Times this report…check out the video below and the full story on the Local East Village blog