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How to Get Tickets to This Summer's Jazz Age Lawn Parties in New York City

June 14, 2013 at 12:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

So there's this thing. It happens twice a year in New York City, on the little chunk of land out in the harbor you need a special ferry to reach. It's the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island, and it's coming up this weekend.

From 11am to 5pm on Governor's Island for both Saturday and Sunday, June 15-16 (and again, August 17-18), Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra will play tunes from the 1920s and 30s while the public—many in full '20-'30s period outfits—dance, check out the 1920s autos on display, drink a few prohibition-era cocktails and socialize in the sun.

Saturday just sold out, but tickets for Sunday and the August dates are still available online for $30 and possibly at the door, for $35.

It's the sort of event that could only happen in New York City (okay, maybe London too), but you've got to get into the spirit. No wearing jeans and a T-shirt—the idea is to bring back the glamor and innocence of the Great Gatsby days, where men were men in suspenders and hats and women wore drop-waist dresses and lace gloves. This is the sort of thing we'd kill to experience as a tourist to New York, as a local it's even more desirable.

If you're up for getting fancy, the Orchestra is also throwing the first annual Riverboat Ball onboard The Queen of Hearts from Pier 78, from 6-10pm on July 4. Tickets are pricey at $200 per person, but you'll get an open bar all night, on-the-water views of the Fourth of July fireworks display, free-flowing champagne, performances, live music and "other sparkling surprises."

[Photo: Jaunted]

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