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When it starts to rain a little and some people move to get out of the rain, those that don't mind getting a little wet take their seats. Five minutes later, the sun's back out again.
A lot of New Yorkers are on board. Will, who lives in Manhattan and moved to New York from Ireland nine years ago, says he's at WMC because he's opening a bar on the Lower East Side with Irish investors. "I'm here to see what parties are being thrown and how they're being thrown," he says. "You learn a lot here."
"They don't really have a dance-music scene in New York," adds Marc Turick, a Harlemite by way of Paris. "The only real place is Cielo with François K. I used to live on the Lower East Side where it was mostly rock. I used to go to Twilo, but Spirit is awful and Avalon is horrible. The crowd there is bad. Bad atmosphere. A lot of bridge-and-tunnel people. At Avalonlots of guys with no shirt on squeezing on girls with big boobs. Completely unsophisticated."
Down below decks, Masters at Work finally get on the decks and rock the boatthe last song Vega plays before we dock is a Blaze remix of "Family" from the Dreamgirls soundtrack, probably one of the most popular songs played during WMC. Everyone's singing together and drunk as hell: "We are a family/Like a giant tree/Growing stronger/Growing wiser/Growing free . . . "