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Public Display of Infection


Stacey Smith is a twenty-something, not quite New Yorker. She fancies herself to be, though, in that she lives well out of her means in an East Village share. Moving here two years ago to search for life, love and a house in the Hamptons, she’s realizing that the New York minute really only applies to take-out. While waiting, Stacey blogs, makes ads, and shops for vintage shirts she can wear as dresses.

Tell us about your blog: what is the premise, what are your main coverage areas, how did you get started?
Public Display of Infection is a compilation of stolen intellectual property. I love Gawker, Jezebel, Contagious, New York Magazine, so I use those blogs as a beat report for what’s going on in the city. What are people talking about? Who’s playing tonight? What did Lindsay do this time? It’s sort of like re-reporting on New York’s social, political, and pop culture affairs where I get to make jokes and push my opinions on others. I’m very self indulgent like that.

What brought you to New York?
I had a lay over two years ago and stayed.

What do you love about living in New York?

All the possibilities.

What do you think makes a New Yorker?
Complaining about neighborhood gentrification.

What surprises you about New York?
It sleeps.

When you leave New York, what do you miss the most?
The bread. New York has the best Italian bread, bagels, pizza dough…but you can’t make good bread without good water. New York has really good tap water. So I guess I’d miss the water.

Best corny tourist attraction that you secretly love?
The Double Decker Sightseeing tours. I really like pointing, waving and sitting down.

Best neighborhood bar?
Any bar I can request a song off the bartender’s iPod. Cut to next question…

Best late night joint?
Lil Frankies on 1st and 1st. My friends and I made friends with the bartender one night. Two margherita pizzas and three vodka sodas later he was our after hours DJ. I didn’t know I loved Michael McDonald so much.

Last cultural thing that you did (movie, museum, theatre, etc…)?
I went on a date with a photographer last week.

Best fancy schmancy restaurant?
Freeman’s. It’s schmancy but not fancy.

Best place to meet members of the opposite sex?

Phoenix Bar on 12th and 2nd. Lots of shirtless unavailable men.

Best live entertainment venue?
14th Street subway stop, pretty awesome guy playing the bass. My friends and I call him “Note.” Cause he only plays one note. Either that, or when Bad Guy books studio time.

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