the eight-day week
Today we’re hitching a ride back to the city, slipping into a drop-waist dress, grabbing a parasol and lazing across the river on the ferry—and before you can say, “Is anyone actually disappointed by the yearlong delay of the release of Gatsby?” we’ll be on Governors Island for the 7th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party. Help yourself to live music from Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra, dancing lessons on a temporary parquet floor, records hand-cranked on a phonograph, vintage portraiture and more twee retro fashions for sale than you could sneeze at through your newly purchased hand-embroidered organic cotton gingham hanky! (But don’t kid yourself—it’s all about the St-Germain cocktails.)
“Why are people all dressed up?” a pig-tailed blonde wearing an oversized baby blue tee asked while tugging on her mother’s gray biker shorts.
As masses of sweaty and restless participants from New York City’s Brain Tumor Walk waited for their ferry back to Manhattan to empty, they watched in awe as a gaggle of new inhabitants on a considerably more lighthearted pursuit unloaded onto Governor’s Island looking like time travelers.
The Observer was there to catch the 7th annual Jazz Age Lawn Party, hosted by Michael Aranella and the Dreamland Orchestra. This Gatsby affair celebrates the Roaring 20′s and all of that decade’s fashion, cars and Charleston-inspiring melodies.