heading downtown

20.08.94 > NEW YORK CITY > 4.02PM

Rollerladers gyrated through midtown NYC – backwards, sideways, backwards again – hopping kerbs and dodging taxis in a fluid, improvised slalom. Guys in fluorescent stretch, backwards caps – one dude with a muscular yellow python draped across his shoulders, lugubrious – snapping fingers to tapes, making time through the jam, courier packages in backpacks or in hands, bound for Soho or Wall St or places north. Rollerchicks with bobbing hips, jean shorts, look-at-me leotards, mapping out trajectories of bumps, bends and sways – 3D patterns of hip bones sketching hearts and turning heads, riding a sluice of faithfully following gazes, heading downtown.

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