A musician at a speakeasy in NYC
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Speakeasies and underground parties in New York

Juliette Campbell likes to party. But she loves to help others party even more.

Since running away from home in California's conservative bastion of Orange County as a teenager, she has been part of New York City's nightlife scene.

Campbell says the city was like the 'wild west' back in the 1980s. And while many residents are glad New York has put those crime-ravaged days behind it, she worries it has also lost some of the edge which made it such a unique place.

She now creates underground parties in Brooklyn. There are no invitations or tickets, no advertising and - just as with the speakeasies that sprung up across the city during Prohibition - no official permission from the authorities.

Campbell spoke to the BBC about the difficulty of hosting a discreet party in the age of social media, when everyone wants to share details about the cool place to be.

Produced for the BBC by Anna Bressanin; images by Ilya Shnitser

  • 03 Jun 2013
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