Though the Jazz Age continued it became less and less an affair of youth. The sequel was like a children’s party taken over by the elders.
Photos from this year’s Jazz Age Lawn Party in June. Have you even been? If not, here are a couple of tips:
1. Dress up. This should go without saying but seriously, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people with regular clothes. Why did you come at all?!
2. Get there early. I cannot stress this enough. It gets insanely crowded and you want to be able to relax and enjoy the experience, not stand in line for hours on end. There will be a line to get into the ferry station. There will be a line to get into the ferry from the station. There will be a line after the ferry to get into the lawn. There will be separate lines for food and drinks. You get the picture. So yes, EARLY.
3. Bring your own food. Yes, they serve food there but read #1. I made sandwiches, prepared a cheese plate, & brought some fruits. Picnic fare!
4. Smuggle your own booze. I’m kind of half kidding. You technically aren’t allowed to bring alcoholic beverages into Governor’s Island. They check your stuff for booze at the ferry station (BOOTLEGGERS BEWARE!) but if you’re brave enough to smuggle some bubbly, go on ahead. Bring lots of water though. Because you will be thirsty and even though they sell drinks there, refer to #1.
5. Don’t go to the Porta Potties. Um, ew. Also, it ruins the experience. Can you really imagine Zelda Fitzgerald doing her business in one of those? Me either. There’s a public restroom close to the entrance. A million times better.
6. Don’t get the VIP tickets. It sounds ideal but once you get there, you’ll realize that a lot of people also decided to get them and next thing you know, you’re standing in line before you even get into the lawn. You notice a pattern here? Get the regular tickets, get there early, and enjoy the day.