2019 / People / Culture (Non-Pro)

China Chalet

  • Photographer
    Bing Guan

A few nights a month, after the sun comes down, China Chalet transforms from a forgettable Chinese restaurant to one of New York City's wildest, most freewheeling nightclubs - a modern-day Studio 54. Inside, past neon lights and mirrored hallways, the pop-up club's patrons have turned the dining room into a dancehall. Resplendent in the latest streetwear and couture, the city's decadent youth pay unknowing homage to the excesses of a New York most thought long gone.

Bing Guan (b. 1992) is an Australian-born American documentary photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. He attended Dartmouth College and holds a B.A. in history from Columbia University. His work explores themes of community, human migration, displacement and self-expression. He currently studies visual journalism at the International Center of Photography in New York City. His images have appeared in The Intercept, The Phnom Penh Post, and Rugby Today.