Kathryn Garcia, 50
Former New York City sanitation commissioner
Ms. Garcia was 14 when she and her mates determined to decorate up and take the subway from Brooklyn into Manhattan to strive stepping into Studio 54.
“Going into Manhattan was considered cool, and I loved to dance,” she mentioned. She wore “candy red high heels” and stood exterior the membership, which, in 1984, was previous its heyday however nonetheless extremely selective. The group earlier than hers was rejected, however Ms. Garcia’s group acquired in and danced the evening away.
“It was a lot looser city then,” she mentioned. “It felt like you could do anything in the city. Like it was your oyster.”