Raise your highballs at the Gowanus Gatsby dance party

September 26, 2013 Denise Romano
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Take a trip back to the roaring twenties on Saturday, October 5, when the Gowanus Ballroom will be transformed for the Gowanus Gatsby dance party, celebrating the completion of the first phase of Douglass Greene Park’s renovation.

Organizers say there will be much ambiance, with a new moon above a candle-lit Gowanus Canal. The warehouse art space will become a dance hall, filled with attendees in costume dancing to jazz music, provided by the Michael Arenella Quintet, for a dance and costume competition.

The special fundraiser soiree also highlights the advocacy of the Friends of Douglass Greene Park, which is a public park located on a full city block near Third Avenue and 9th Street. Awards will be given out to those who “enhanced” the park, including Public Advocate Bill de Blasio; Councilmember Stephen Levin; Charlene Nimmons, president of the Wyckoff Gardens Resident Association; Sue Wolfe, president of  Friends of Douglass Greene Park; and former president of the Boerum Hill Association and Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky.

Roving judges will announce winners of the competition, as well as an aerial performance and continuous slideshow of Brooklyn in the ‘20s. Advertisements from the 1920s will be projected onto the ceiling.

During the awards reception, Riva Nyri Precil will showcase tunes from the ‘20s. Brooklyn Builders and Homage Brooklyn climbing and skateboarding demo areas will be on the ground floor, where there will also be a slideshow of Douglass Greene Park activities.

The reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by a full dance party, led by Arenella, from 8 to 9 p.m. From 9 p.m. to 12 a.m., DJ Leaf will spin tracks fusing beats, horns and dance rhythm of the roaring ‘20s with today’s hits.

Tickets cost $100 for the awards buffet dinner and all activities until midnight. Tickets for activities from 8 p.m. to midnight are $50. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://gowanusgatsby-flapperfete.brownpapertickets.com/.

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