Ah, New York nightlife: it's inspired everyone from songwriters to directors, muckraking gossip columnists worship it, and rehab facilities have been erected for those who cannot handle it. From the dingy, seedy dive bars of Alphabet City to the bougie, upscale clubs of Meatpacking, you're bound to encounter some debauchery. It is not a ride everyone can survive, but check out some juicy revelations from New Yorkers who have lived to tell the tale.

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