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At Lady Gaga's Monster Ball last night in Sunrise, Florida, Mother Monster trotted out her usual theatrics, including a similar theme we keep coming across in photos of her live performances: Gaga on the subway. Naturally, this shouldn't come as a surprise to all the Little Monsters who know Gaga grew up in Manhattan, meaning she was likely an avid traveler in the city's extensive underground.
The million-dollar question is, of course, did Gaga ever bounce around on West Side trains dressed like a sexy nun whose spaceship crashed in the middle of Queens, leaving poor little Stefani to ride the train in a stiff, transparent latex dress and tattered nun's habit with carefully placed tape over her bosom? She makes it pretty clear (or as clear as Gaga can get using far-out, poly-sexual sartorial choices) in her live shows that the New York subway is deeply embedded in both her history and music. And it's understandable, given the immediate inspiration one can feel just by walking through the city streets or, better yet, taking in the signature New York experience that is riding the subway, where defensive candy peddlers and strangely dressed "artistic types" are just as ubiquitous as the stench of subway peepee.
Then again, it is New York. Even if Gaga did get on the train dressed like The Flying Nun just getting home from an all-night rave, we probably wouldn't think to look up from our iPod. That's just New York for you, and Gaga would totally understand.
But she'd still wear the see-through, latex dress. You can take the girl out of New York...