Meet the talents who will be shaping our city

Get to know the rising artists, musicians, scribes and more who are New York City’s next big things

Photograph: Chris Shonting and Rachael Wright

Over the past two decades, Time Out New York has interviewed, profiled, photographed, critiqued, championed and generally gotten nutty with thousands of the creative minds that keep New York, well, creative. Now it’s 2015, and we’re just getting started. We’ve chosen 12 impressive city denizens who are rising through the ranks to put their stamp on our fair city—and who will make damn sure it’s even more amazing 20 years from now. From Taylor Swift’s Jersey-born songwriting buddy to a besequined pansexual performance artist from another world, these personalities embody the hunger, drive and limitless possibilities that are synonymous with New York. Get to know these New Yorkers now—and discover their favorite NYC haunts.

Jack Antonoff, musician
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Jack Antonoff, musician

Get to know fun. guitarist, Bleachers mastermind and proud-as-hell New Yorker Jack Antonoff

Danielle Bernstein, style blogger
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Danielle Bernstein, style blogger

Get to know Danielle Bernstein, the highly influential fashion blogger behind We Wore What

Maria Calandra, artist
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Maria Calandra, artist

Get to know artist and Pencil in the Studio honcho Maria Calandra

Humza Deas, photographer
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Humza Deas, photographer

Get to know Humza Deas, the 18-year-old photographer behind some of the most breathtaking shots of NYC

Aurora Halal, DJ
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Aurora Halal, DJ

Get to know Aurora Halal, the DJ behind some of Brooklyn’s most bonkers bashes

Maya Kazan, actor
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Maya Kazan, actor

Meet rising 28-year-old actor Maya Kazan from The Knick, Boardwalk Empire and Frances Ha

Taylor Mac, performance artist
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Taylor Mac, performance artist

Get to know one-of-a-kind performance artist, actor, playwright and director Taylor Mac

Cat Marnell, writer
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Cat Marnell, writer

Meet Cat Marnell, the no-holds-barred writer who wallows in NYC’s seedy side

Lauren Mayberry, musician
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Lauren Mayberry, musician

Listen up, electropop lovers: Chvrches frontwoman Lauren Mayberry is about to take New York City by storm

Ivy Mix, mixologist
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Ivy Mix, mixologist

Meet Ivy Mix, the awesome 29-year-old mixologist behind cocktail host spot Leyenda

Niegel Smith, artistic director
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Niegel Smith, artistic director

Meet Niegel Smith, the envelope-pushing artistic director behind the Flea Theater

Phillipa Soo, actor
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Phillipa Soo, actor

Get to know rising Broadway actor Phillipa Soo, one of the stars of Great White Way hit Hamilton

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