Mister Sunday returns to Gowanus Grove in May

The outdoor dance party—one of our favorite summertime events—will have one last season at the relaxed Gowanus space.

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  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Eddie, 34; attorney; Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
    “I don’t think there are many parties like this around here. It’s mostly small venues like bars and clubs, but none of them are outdoors. The music is good, and the beer is pretty cheap.”

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Camille, 24; student; Prospect Park, Brooklyn; left
    “Mister Sunday seems to be just halfway between a music festival and a private garden party because of the casual arrangement of the space and the fact that there are many different people gathered. Even families and kids!”

    Marshall, 28; video producer; Williamsburg, Brooklyn; right
    “I’ve been coming for years. Eamon and Justin are very sweet gentlemen. This is the only party that I’d come to on a Sunday afternoon; it’s very difficult for me to sacrifice sitting on my couch on a Sunday. The drinks are affordable and the people are nice, plus Justin and Eamon found [all the staff members], so it’s got a very family feel.”

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Nicholas Greene, 31; filmmaker; Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
    I enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and the fact that, if you’re not prancing around on the dance floor, you can chill with a beer and talk to people. It feels like some kind of undiscovered backyard space that if you try to search for in a week or two, you’d never find again, which I kind of like. It feels temporary and it feels a bit spontaneous. Generally, I think if you bring a child to the event, it makes it seem a little less pretentious; it brings everybody down in a good way.”

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Josh Board, 26; teacher-MC Crown Heights, Brooklyn
    “I’m here every week trying to help out and just have a good time. [Harkin and Carter] have been killing it all summer, and I haven’t missed one event. What’s great about Mister Sunday is you can dance, and there’s still space to just chill—it’s not a cramped space; you’re not elbowing other people. Once those lights go on and that disco ball comes down, you’re having a great time.”


  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

Photograph: Filip Wolak

Few summer parties are quite as nice as the Mister Sunday bashes thrown by Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin. The shindigs happen at Gowanus Grove—an open lot on the banks of the Gowanus Canal—and typically have a relaxed, nonclubby vibe. The fate of the parties was, for some time, uncertain, thanks to a real-estate development that will be built along the canal; since the plan was approved, it's likely that the venue will close sometime in the coming years.


But today brings good news from the Mister Sunday dudes: Their parties will return to Gowanus Grove for "one more summer," beginning May 12 and happening every Sunday throughout the summer. As always, Country Boys will serve food, and this year, you can compete against your pals on a Ping-Pong table. No special guests have been announced as yet, but keep an eye on the Mister Saturday Night website for more details.


One thing you can help with: Carter and Harkin need help getting the Grove back in shape for the parties, and are asking for assistance with gardening; if you'd like to help, e-mail ask@mistersaturdaynight.com with the subject "Gowanus Gardening." Remember, people, this is probably the last time you'll get to party beside a Superfund site—let's make these wingdings good ones.



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