The Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island

Ladies picnic on the lawn at Governors Island

The 1920s roared on this weekend as the biannual Jazz Age Lawn Party invaded Governors Island.

Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra play at the Jazz Age Lawn Party

The event, now in its sixth year, is hosted by Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra. Hundreds of stylish New Yorkers flock to the island dressed in Prohibition-era suits and dresses to picnic on the lawn and grab a spot on the dance floor before it fills up.

Couples dance at the Jazz Age Lawn Party

Ladies pose with parasols at the Jazz Age Lawn Party on August 21

For those who didn’t bring a picnic basket, there were plenty of delicious food vendors selling pulled pork barbecue and other summer favorites.

Visitors also sipped on cocktails from the era—provided by the mixologists at St. Germain, admired the collection of vintage cars, played tug-of-war, and indulged in pie eating contests. Various vintage booths were on hand as well, selling last minute additions to accent the perfect flapper outfit.

Dancing at the Jazz Age Lawn Party

The real action of the afternoon took place on the dance floor. As Arenella and his Orchestra played away, revelers danced the Charleston, the swing, and other more obscure dances which they were taught throughout the day.

A trombone player from Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra

A couple dances the swing at the Jazz Age Lawn Party

The spirit of Gatsby was indeed alive and well, though slightly inebriated by 4 p.m., when the hooch ran out. “What is this, prohibition?” remarked one sullen guest.

– Ryan

Couples at the Jazz Age Lawn Party

A party of picnickers at the Jazz Age Lawn Party

Girls at the Jazz Age Lawn Party

Guests at the Jazz Age Lawn Party

A Couple Picnics at the Jazz Age Lawn Party



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