Published by ROOKIE MAG
Sasha, East Village
"I love being around different cultures and different kinds of people. New York is such a special place with so much charm. Both my parents are artists and I feel so lucky to be around so many creative people. New York has so much history that I'm lucky that I get to be a part of it."
Piper, Lower East Side
"New York as a teen is such a world of its own. You walk through the park and always see someone you know. I love to be surrounded by so many creative people."
"My favorite thing about living in NYC is the culture that’s been cultivated by the friends I have and people I know. I think it’s a really interesting time to be alive and I’m lucky to be apart of it. I know for a fact that living anywhere else wouldn’t offer the chances for creativity and constant spontaneity of being in the city, especially the Lower East Side. The fact that we challenge the gentrification going on around us and the negative changes to our home is a big plus."
"There's a lot of diversity that I don't think you get as much in other places."
"I love the diversity and the ability to meet new and interesting people all the time."
Russell, Alphabet City
"I turned out wild and people are okay with it."
Memphis, West Village
"I love having the freedom to express myself and my style without feeling regret."
"New York as a teenager isn't that big, you always meet someone who knows someone else and you either hate them or love them. We are the epitome of a small world."
"I love the street style in New York."