Scene spotlight: Down & Derby

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    Diana Fox, 25, business development manager, Upper East Side (left)
    "We went to this party before in Williamsburg. We've been going for a while now. It's fun!"

    Mark Rosenthal, 22; student; Marlboro, NJ (center)
    "I have an Afro, but no skates. They ran out. I'm upset."

    Juliana Rubinova, 26; nurse; Livingston, NJ
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    "The crowd is different! It's exciting. Everyone does their own thing. They're all so creative."

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    Amber Renee, 26; graphic designer; Landing, NJ (left)
    "I was here last time. It was such a blast! I heard about it through Facebook. This one seems a little less busy, which is a good thing. Last time there were way too many people."

    Amber Becerra, 25; tech support in a lighting manufacturer; Union City, NJ (right)
    "Wanna hear my derby name? It's Brawl Stanley---like Paul Stanley from Kiss."

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    Sammy Franco, 23; professional roller skater, San Francisco, CA
    "I just look for roller discos. I'm not kidding. I skate pretty much every weekend at Golden Gate Park, and the skate circle told me about this party. Roller-skating is my primary mode of transportation and recreation. Oh, and my only fear is getting hit by a soul train."

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    Iliana Cordero, 26; bartender; Park Slope, Brooklyn (left)
    "I love this party because everyone's so into it. No one's caring about how they look. I came on the train like this. I mean, I don't care---it's New York!"

    Chrissy Hopson, 21; waitress; Bushwick, Brooklyn (right)
    "I didn't know what to wear, but I'm wearing flared jeans so I'm feeling all right."

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    Rich Vielma, 21, student, Financial District (left)
    "It's our friend's birthday. We heard about this party two weeks ago, and it's awesome! The crowd is good, the music is great, everyone's in a good mood having a good time."

    Andrew Hall, 21, student, Financial District (right)
    "It's my first time at a roller party. The music here is so good!"

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    Bilen Gaga, 29; fashion buyer; Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn (left)
    "She [his friend Sonya, pictured] is the expert at roller-skating, and I'm definitely not."

    Elaine Hynds, 26, photographer, Bronx (center)
    "This party is awesome. It's great! The music's amazing. It reminds me of my old-school uncles. No matter the party---for kids, adults, whatever it is---disco is always playing."

    Sonya Freeman, 27; vintage clothing dealer; Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn (right)
    "I got an anonymous e-mail about this party---I swear! So, I forwarded it to my friends and we had to go."

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    Richard Whitehall, 41, product designer, East Village
    "I'm from London, and I've been in New York for about 15 years. I'm really enjoying the party. For me, the music reminds me of my teenage years. I'm kind of nostalgic."

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    Yaniv Dabach, 31, film editor, Lower East Side (left)
    "I got my outfit yesterday. The Afro, the boa... I just went with it."

    Ivy Distad, 27; TV producer; Bushwick, Brooklyn (right)
    "I've got an Afro and a boa, and I own this shit!"

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Diana Fox, 25, business development manager, Upper East Side (left)
"We went to this party before in Williamsburg. We've been going for a while now. It's fun!"

Mark Rosenthal, 22; student; Marlboro, NJ (center)
"I have an Afro, but no skates. They ran out. I'm upset."

Juliana Rubinova, 26; nurse; Livingston, NJ
(right)
"The crowd is different! It's exciting. Everyone does their own thing. They're all so creative."

When: Feb 5, 2011
The scene: Disco freaks let their 'fros fly and booties bounce at the Down & Derby party at Good Units. An infectious '70s vibe made skate rentals ($5) a hot commodity, but pedestrian partygoers boogied anyway. Novice, PBR-toting rollers in tube socks circled expert tricksters on the dance floor while the skateless hung out (and made out) on vintage couches. Those who fell blamed it on the drinks—and we almost believed them. Next party: April at Good Units, 356 W 58th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves (212-554-6136, goodunits.com). See downandderby.org for updates.

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