Parties in New York: The best outdoor parties this summer
As the weather warms up, outdoor parties return for another season. Check out these alfresco, fun-in-the-sun parties in New York.
Mon Jun 11 2012
Some people despise the summer; they hate the heat, abhor the humidity and squeal at the sight of skeeters. We, on the other hand, welcome the season with open arms—it means that outdoor parties are upon us! And from now until Labor Day, there are plenty of alfresco parties in New York to be had.
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One of the biggest, best and longest-running throwdowns in town is Warm Up, held every Saturday in the courtyard of MoMA PS1. The party’s had its ups and downs over time—a few eyebrows were raised about five years ago when the format switched from a strictly DJ-driven dance-music template to one that was much more of a mixed bag. But this year’s lineup is absolutely killer, so what’s to complain about? A strong U.K. contingent, including MJ Cole (July 28), Jamie xx (Aug 4) and James Holden (Sept 1) will be joining stateside talent such as Matthew Dear and Gotham-Berlin duo Sepalcure (July 21). And no matter who’s playing, do you really need an excuse to hang around outside and drink beer with 3,000 of your best friends at 4 in the afternoon? $15; momaps1.org/warmup
All Day I Dream
You might recognize All Day I Dream as the label run by U.K. clubland vet Lee Burridge and his partner Matthew Dekay. But just as importantly, it’s also the moniker Burridge used for last summer’s series of open-air parties held on a rooftop in the heart of Bushwick. His 2008 mix “All Day I Dream of Her” set the tone for this bash—dreamy, melancholic, melodic house that’s perfect for falling in love—or at least for watching the sun melt into the haze beyond Manhattan. This year the soirees will be hopping around the city—the June 10 event, All Day I Dream of Manhattan, took place at downtown’s Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club—so monitor the Facebook group for the monthly wingding’s upcoming locations and dates. facebook.com/alldayidream
One of the season’s returning faves is Tiki Disco, held in the backyard of Bushwick pizza palace Roberta’s. If you’ve been there before, you know the drill—lots of beer-swillin’ dancey-dance fun, with Eli Escobar, Lloydski and Andy Pry serving up the rhythmic-motion-inducing goodness. The shindig is once again making a couple of beachside excursions to Rockaway burger shack Rippers (a free shuttle will transport any put-out Williamsburg and Bushwick dwellers), so pack a beach towel and Frisbee for the July 8 and August 5 boardwalk editions. • Roberta’s, 261 Moore St between Bogart and White Sts, Bushwick, Brooklyn (718-417-1118, robertaspizza.com). • Rippers, 86-01 Shore Front Pkwy at Beach 86th St, the Rockaways, Queens (rockawaybeachclub.com/rippers). Free; tikidisco.tumblr.com
The dependable Flawless crew’s outdoor shindigs may not have the advantage of a beachside setting—nor is there a MoMA branch steps from the dance floor—but they do have one big factor in their favor: a lineup that includes some of the world’s best house and techno DJs. The next installment sees No. 19 labelmates Art Department, Shaun Reeves and Ryan Crosson rolling through; revellers can also look forward to a Hot Creations showcase, Seth Troxler and the Rebel Rave Tour later this season. Toss in a rotating roster of talented locals, and you’ve got yourself a great excuse to call in sick on Mondays. verbotennewyork.com
Brooklyn’s beloved drink-and-dance day party returns for another season: DJs Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter spin an unpretentious mix of jazz, disco, soul and house, and they’re bringing in a bevy of guest talent, including the brilliant Detroit techno producer Omar-S. Grab your sunglasses and rock the floor in between chugging sangria ($6–$8) and nibbling on snacks from local vendors like Country Boys Taco Truck. $10–$15; mistersaturdaynight.com
- Gowanus Grove, 400 Carroll St between Bond and Nevins Sts, Gowanus, Brooklyn
- Sun 3–9pm
Fort Greene’s popular Cuban restaurant has tweaked its weekend blowouts again, featuring the same summer sunshine and booty-shaking tunes by resident DJ Juice E, but with new rotating guest spinners and a family-friendly Kid’s Corner from noon to 4pm. (But don’t let that scare you off; booze will still be served all day.) Kelso draft beers are only $2.75 and buckets of Coronas or Sols are $17, or you can wash down the Mexican corn ($2.50) with a margarita ($8). Show up early to take over one of the umbrella-covered tables, but don’t forget the sunscreen. Free; habanaoutpost.com
- Habana Outpost, 757 Fulton St at South Portland Ave, Fort Greene, Brooklyn
- Sat, Sun noon–6pm
Outdoor parties this week
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Jules Kim and Katie Longmyer are back for season two of their soiree high above the Meatpacking District—specifically, on the roof of the Standard Hotel—where top local spinners and the occasional out-of-towner ply their trade while you chug cocktails in the open air. Tonight's season opener features a DJ set from Emika, the Ninja Tune artist who's celebrating the imminent release of her spine-tingling new LP, DVA. The action ends at sundown.
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Among ready-to-party New Yorkers, one of the season’s fave shindigs is Tiki Disco. This incarnation is being held in the swell postindustrial setting of Queens' Knockdown Center. If you’ve been there, you know the drill—lots of beer-swillin’ dancey-dance fun, with Eli Escobar, Lloydski and Andy Pry serving up the rhythmic-motion-inducing goodness.
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Mister Sunday is back at Gowanus Grove, with Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter spinning an array of underground house, disco and techno rhythms for another session of outdoor dancing-and-drinking fun. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the reduced-admission list.