The In Crowd | Aria Mcmanus

Cool Kids



As we settle into 2015, it's nice to get a glimpse of what's to come in the New Year. Between the new guards of rap, models with more than meets the eye, artists and tastemakers of all sorts, we've rounded up some of the most exciting, influential, and, not to mention, youngest creatives NYC has to offer.

Photography by Todd Jordan.

St. Paul, Minnesota.

Star sign?
Cancer ~water sign~ and my rising is Leo, so I'm a crab lion.

Describe your look.
Most of my outfits stem from the fact that I don't like wearing anything twice. Sometimes at the last minute I will just sew or cut up something so it feels brand new! I also like to have at least one "conversation piece" even if it's a temporary tattoo or something braided in my hair.

Did you grow up playing any sports?
I used to be a gymnast and a swimmer because those were sports that didn't require hand-eye coordination. I was on a basketball team in Jr High School. My dad and brother were the coaches- we were the worst team in the league, by far. We probably had the most fun playing- I'm still best friends with some of the girls from that team.

How did the Downtown Girls Basketball team come about?
The team started as just an idea of getting together with just girls, being outside and working out in a no-pressure environment. I'm not very coordinated- I've never had a gym membership and I thought this would be fun, if nothing else.

How has the team grown since its inception?
We started playing outdoors as a pick up game. I would send funny emails to all my lady friends to let them know when and where we were playing each week. Slowly they invited their friends, and the email list grew from maybe 10 people to over 200. We still accept anyone else that wants to join (*girls only). We just got an indoor gym makes everything feel very official but the games are just as loose with "bendable" rules.

Space Jam or Love & Basketball?
Love & Space Jam.

What’re you most looking forward to in 2015?
I'm really looking forward to doing more ongoing art projects and shows. In 2014, my goal was to present a show or project every month and I want to keep that going in 2015. A few friends and I recently took over an empty auto body shop in Bellport, Long Island and called it Auto Body. The space now hosts revolving art exhibitions. I can't wait to keep our girl’s basketball games going through 2015. I hope we have more games, welcome more girls, and have more friends come watch.