The playground of the rich and the beautiful, downtown New York’s
nightlife spectacles and power of self-invention incubated pop
icons from Andy Warhol to Lady Gaga. NYU sociologist Victor P.
Corona sought a new education, where night classes held in
galleries, nightclubs, bars, apartments, stoops, and all-night
diners taught him about love, loss, and the living possibilities of
identity. Transforming himself from dowdy professor to glitzy