Public eye: James Rich, 19
New York street interviews: Stories from the sidewalk as told by real New Yorkers about their lives in the city that never sleeps.
Tue Jul 5 2011
Photograph: Zenith Richards
Christopher St at Seventh Ave South
It's about time that gay-marriage bill went through, huh? Yeah! It's so great. I've always felt like New York should be the first state to legalize it. Thank God they finally did it.
Do you plan on getting married at some point? Definitely. Ever since I was a little kid, I knew no matter how I turned out—gay, straight, bi—I was going to be married with kids one day.
And now you don't have to elope. There you go! No running off to Vermont necessary.
So what's your wedding going to look like? Well, I've always been torn between something very New York, like an all-white wedding at the Plaza, or something fun and relaxed in Fiji—more of a destination dream wedding.
You have thought this through. [Laughs] I really have. I've probably spent so much time on it I'll never get married.
What do you do? I just left the restaurant Southern Hospitality on the Upper East Side. You've probably heard of it because Justin Timberlake is an owner. I was a manager there. But right now I'm thinking of going into styling. I'd love to do print or runway, or even personal styling. But that's very who-you-know, not what-you-know.
I'm sure Mr. "Dick in a Box" could help with that. [Laughs] I haven't had much luck with that. When I first moved to the city, I was running into celebrities left and right, and not realizing how valuable an experience that was. I met Gaga, Chelsea Handler, and Beyoncé and Jay-Z...big names. I should have been pimping myself out a little more.
Sounds like you've been at it a few years—are you getting over the party scene at your ripe old age? You know what's sad? Yes, actually. When I first started going to clubs in New York, I was 17. Now I've burned myself out.
It sure says something about Lady Gaga and Jay-Z that they don't get tired of it. Yeah, I mean, when I met her, Gaga was out celebrating a special night—it was the end of her American tour. Beyoncé and Jay-Z and Chelsea Handler didn't have that excuse. [Laughs]
More from James
"When it comes to proposing, save on the ring. Just buy me a good closet."