Photographing at the Jazz Age Lawn Party is like shooting on a studio set for a period production. A vast majority of attendees to this ’20s event are dressed up in some great flapper and other period clothing at this festival on Governor’s Island, a 5 minute ferry ride from Manhattan. There were two stages where bands played swing and jazz and plenty of room for dancing.
Here are several images I made this past weekend, with more on my website.
If you weren’t able to come out this weekend, the Jazz Age Lawn Party is gearing up again on August 15 & 16.
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Posted in Governor's Island, Jazz Age Lawn Party, Jazz Band, Photography
Tagged Governor's Island, Jazz Age Lawn Party, Jazz band, Jazz Party, Michael Arenella Jazz Band, New York City, period clothing, Photography, Swing Band, Swing Dancing
The New York City MTA is running a special 1940’s vintage train on the F and M lines every Sunday from Thanksgiving until Dec 28. While it may seem like there’s never a time schedule for NYC subway trains, I found a group that was holding a Jazz and Swing dance with live bands today (12/14/14) on the 2nd Ave/Houston St. platform, and also had the times available the train would arrive at the station.
In addition to people dancing in period dress, the band and participants — and general public, many probably unaware of this happening today — the band piled into the train giving a live performance for all the riders.
The trains are incredibly preserved, with ceiling fans, cushioned seats and incandescent lighting, as well as old advertisements. You can see more of these trains and buses at The Transit Museum in Brooklyn.
Here are a few images from underground:
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Posted in Christmas in New York CIty, Jazz Band, MTA, NYCVINTAGETRAIN2014, Period Clothing, Subway, Swing Dancing, Vintage Trains
Tagged Christmas, Christmas. New York City, Jazz band, MTA, New York City, NYC Subway, NYCVINTAGETRAIN2014, Swing Dancing, Vintage apparel, Vintage Subway Train