cass bird is a photographer who i feel embodies a lot of the idea of what the kids are up to in new york, a kind of hedonistic, beautiful crowd... she does stunning portraits check out her website here. i absolutely adore all her photos. she just shot M.I.A. for paper magazine which is an absolutely amazing shoot, so intense and so close up I think I read somewhere that she just follows people around all day and tells them to do whatever they would normally... so M.I.A. is a cigar smoker!