José A. Alvarado Jr.

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Location: New York City, New York
Nationality: Puerto Rican American
Biography: José A. Alvarado Jr. is a Puerto Rican photographer dedicated to documenting class inequality, civic engagement, and contemporary issues in Puerto Rico and New York City. He works primarily in long-form storytelling, using visual imagery... MORE
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for Southern Foodways Alliance: Offsides Fowl
josé a. alvarado jr.
Jan 9, 2024
Location: New York, New York
Summary
USC fans roost at NYC bar.
Two men walked into a bar in midtown Manhattan, and this was most certainly not a joke.

The University of South Carolina had a 3:30 p.m. date with the University of Georgia, college football’s defending national champion, and oddsmakers said the Gamecocks were supposed to lose by twenty-seven points.

In the fall of 2022, Daniel Watts and Ethan Lustig were on campus for the perennially lopsided matchup, tailgating with their fraternity. But since they’d graduated and moved to New York City for jobs—Lustig’s in real estate; Watts’ on the PGA of America’s sales team—they decided to watch the 2023 game at Mason Jar on E. 30th St., arriving almost ninety minutes before kickoff for bar seats.

Lustig ordered a screwdriver to harmonize with his “morning mentality,” and as the bartender mixed it, he explained their stools would soon be whisked away to accommodate the crush of Gamecock fans.

“You haven’t been here for a game?” he asked the pair, understandably correlating their subtly striped USC polo shirts with regular attendance at the second-most important venue in the Gamecock universe, after Williams-Brice Stadium. “It’s a….”

Only one-third of that assessment is printable. But it’s 100 percent accurate.

Watts grinned.

“Good!” he said. “Like Columbia! Everybody’s happy!”

Photographed for Gravy/Southern Foodways Alliance, with words by Hanna RaskinOffsides Fowl | Southern Foodways Alliance
by Hanna Raskin Photos by José A. Alvarado Jr. The University of South Carolina had a 3:30 p.m. date with the University of Georgia, college football’s defending national champion, and oddsmakers said the Gamecocks were supposed to lose by...
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