Scene spotlight: Mister Sunday

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    Justin Carter, 30; DJ and cocreator of Mister Sunday; Fort Greene, Brooklyn
    "The first couple hours are just kind of more mellow hangout hours. Most people stay until the very end of the party, and for everybody to be there together---like, to have a couple hundred people on a dance floor to hear the last song of the night---that's just a really great feeling."

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    Vitaly Ovsiannikov, 29; photographer and gymnastics teacher; Marine Park, Brooklyn 
    "People come here with kids, with dogs, and it's so laid-back. The crowd is mixed: You get a lot of artists, a lot of creative people and the Park Slope crowd. One of the most important things is definitely the music. They have an amazing playlist, and the DJs have a very good sense of what people want to hear and what people are in the mood for." 

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    Jimmy Askew, 36; attorney; Boerum Hill, Brooklyn (center)
    "My wife and I have been here a lot of times, but it's our first time here since they reopened. It's kind of a lame day for the weather, but I think we'll be here for awhile. A few more beers in, perhaps [we'll dance]."

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    Eamon Harkin, 34; DJ and cocreator of Mister Sunday; Fort Greene, Brooklyn 
    "I think the environment is welcoming to all walks of life and all types of people and all ages; I think that it creates a pretty diverse and inclusive environment that you don't necessarily get often at other parties. I think the oppressive heat and that early skiff of rain is going to hold a few people off, [though usually we have a bigger crowd]. I'm pretty sure it's not gonna pour, but we've done parties where we've had full dance floors in the rain and it's been pretty awesome."

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    Larry P., 34, bar manager, East Village and Lisa Zalar, 28, purchasing agent, Midtown West 
    P.: "First time. Love it. I love the bocce pits, and we're at probably one of the best swimming holes in New York. [Laughs] [We'll be here] till they kick us out at nine o'clock."
    Zalar: "It's very chill. I had some sangria. The sangria's very good."
    P.: "The sangria's awesome. I like the fact that at the same time that it's a grown-up place where you can drink, kids are here too, so it's kind of like a family thing, too."

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    Sofia Salazar, 25, law student, Brooklyn Heights and Steve Levine, 25, law student, Brooklyn Heights 
    Levine:
    "It's pretty awesome. The location is unexpected. It's very nice."
    Salazar: "I actually am someone who, when it rains, doesn't go out. Not at all. [But I wasn't discouraged by the weather.] I just heard it was awesome, so I was like, All right, I'm down, and I brought my umbrella. [We'll dance later.] That's why we came!"
    Levine: "Hopefully as it gets darker, we'll get a few more beers in and have a good time on the dance floor." 

  • Photograph: Zenith Richards

  • Photograph: Zenith Richards

  • Photograph: Zenith Richards

  • Photograph: Zenith Richards

  • Photograph: Zenith Richards

  • Photograph: Zenith Richards

  • Photograph: Zenith Richards

  • Photograph: Zenith Richards

  • Photograph: Zenith Richards

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    Angela Scerbo, 25, art gallery adminstrator, Gramercy 
    "This is my third time. It's really fun. At the end of the party, the music gets really banging. I don't like the Sunday parties that go too late, you know? You want to be able to just end it at nine, get home and go to bed at a decent hour. It's very chill." 

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Justin Carter, 30; DJ and cocreator of Mister Sunday; Fort Greene, Brooklyn
"The first couple hours are just kind of more mellow hangout hours. Most people stay until the very end of the party, and for everybody to be there together---like, to have a couple hundred people on a dance floor to hear the last song of the night---that's just a really great feeling."

When: July 24
The Scene: Once branded with a Michael Jackson wrist stamp at the door (some weeks, it's Hugh Grant), partygoers gathered around picnic tables at Gowanus Grove for the outdoor Mister Sunday shindig. Chalupas and quesadillas were consumed, bocce champions were crowned, and a Frisbee was tossed. As the sun went down and more booze was knocked back, dancin' fools of all ages (including some toddlers with quite enviable moves) began to groove harder to Messrs. Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin's selections among the tall, leafy trees next to the Gowanus Canal. 400 Carroll St between Bond and Nevins Sts, Gowanus, Brooklyn (mistersaturdaynight.com). Sun 3--9pm; $12, on reduced-admission list before 5pm $10. Through Sept 4.

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