|Yesterday, New Yorkers came out in droves to Governor’s Island for the final day of the Jazz Age Lawn Party.|
Droves of New Yorkers in “Gatsby” fashion showed for the final day of the 9th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island. Despite a rainy morning, the grass dried and the trombones played while the crowd noshed, imbibed, socialized, and frolicked on the idyllic parcel, only minutes by ferry from Lower Manhattan’s tip.
Like other NYC events I attend, the prohibition-era lawn party attracts a diverse sampling of ages and ethnicities. Young and old alike swing and serenade at what might be the city’s most civilized party of the year.
An array of delicious food (grilled cheddar on white bread, German-style bratwurst with grainy mustard, Chinatown-style chop suey, clams on the half shell, watermelon salad with mint and feta), accompanied by decadent cocktails (St-Germain libations, Martini sparkling wines), and nostalgic music (organizer Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra, Tamar Korn Quartet), set the tone for a crowd of revelers in vintage attire. Thousands returned to New York of nearly a century ago, if only for an afternoon.
Lace, fringe, feathers, beads, suspenders, caps and skimmers were the rage. Fops and flappers mingled and jabbered on the lawn during what turned out to be a perfect afternoon weather-wise with low humidity and a high hovering around 80 degrees. I can’t think of a more ideal locale than picturesque Governors Island for the 1920s-inspired gathering.
Take a peek at some scenes from the day. I had a few accomplices for my afternoon –– friends Heather, Scott and Signe. We had a smashing time! Notice attendees practicing their versions of Charleston, Lindy Hop, and Breakaway. Next year, I’ll wear my dancing shoes.
|That’s me sipping my St-Germain cocktail!|
Thanks to Scott McCulley for his help with photography.