Jim Betz, 28, bartender, Upper East Side
“The crowd is pretty diverse. It’s definitely groups of people who know each other, not a singles crowd. I would describe it as an art-museum beer garden.”
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Mojdeh Pishyar, 20, board member of a jewelry company, Upper West Side
“I think it’s really awesome. The only issue is that I wish the music was louder. It’s a laid-back day party, but I wish it was a little more clubby.”
Ronny Estrella, 28; creative director; Flushing, Queens
“That thing [Points to the Party Wall water cannon] soaked me as soon as I came in! I didn’t mind it. It was totally refreshing, ’cause I was dying [from the heat] as soon as I walked in, but it was just out of nowhere.”
Aygul Bukanbaeva (right), 25; part-time production assistant; Astoria, Queens
“It’s [a] great atmosphere. There is no pressure, no bourgie, no poseurs. People are just enjoying themselves.”
There are museum parties, and then there’s MoMA PS1’s summer music festival Warm Up. For the last 16 years, the contemporary-art institution in Long Island City has thrown a daytime wingding in its concrete-walled school yard, allowing a diverse cross section of New Yorkers to revel in the combination of art, music and food, the latter courtesy of the much-lauded M. Wells Dinette. World-class DJs and musicians from across the musical spectrum headline the event, including a prime mover of the U.K. dubstep scene, Kode9 (Sat 20), and acid-house legend A Guy Called Gerald (Sat 27). They perform overlooking the Young Architects Program’s annual commission in the courtyard; this year, the coveted design-world prize was awarded to Ithaca, New York’s CODA studio for Party Wall. The massive structure is built from skateboard scraps and features pools, geysers and plenty of shady spots for chilling. Pro tip: Avoid the intimidating lines by snagging advance tickets. MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave at 46th Ave, Long Island City, Queens (718-784-2084, momaps1.org). Sat 3–9pm; $18, advance $15. Through Sept 7.
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