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Wettest, Wildest Looks From the Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

Photos: Kasper van Laarhoven

It was mermaid time in Coney Island on Saturday, as New Yorkers once again paraded past the Cyclone and Nathan’s in everything from elaborate sea-creature costumes to, well, basically nothing. Despite a rainy start, the 35th annual Mermaid Parade was as merry as ever, with many a parader having cleverly turned their transparent umbrella into a floating jellyfish. Click through our slideshow to see the pageantry that, as the parade’s website puts it, “celebrates ancient mythology and honky-tonk rituals of the seaside.”

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We Went to the Jazz Age Lawn Party and Boy, Are Our Flappers Tired

Michael Arenella with his Master of Ceremonies at the conclusion of Jazz Age Lawn Party.

Michael Arenella with his Master of Ceremonies at the conclusion of Jazz Age Lawn Party.

Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra with their audience at the conclusion of their performance. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra with their audience at the conclusion of their performance. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The Penumbra Foundation photographers with the VIP attendees. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The Penumbra Foundation photographers with the VIP attendees. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Attendees in the VIP area. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Attendees in the VIP area. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The Rolls Royce team with their vintage automobile. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The Rolls Royce team with their vintage automobile. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Penumbra Foundation executive director Geoffrey Berliner with his photo recipient. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Penumbra Foundation executive director Geoffrey Berliner with his photo recipient. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Greenpoint bartenders Jodi and Jon with their son Montgomery. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Greenpoint bartenders Jodi and Jon with their son Montgomery. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The Penumbra Foundation photographers developing prints on location for attendees. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The Penumbra Foundation photographers developing prints on location for attendees. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Dancers awaiting their performance in the VIP area. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Dancers awaiting their performance in the VIP area. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Attendees being served in the VIP area. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Attendees being served in the VIP area. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Attendees at their picnic. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Attendees at their picnic. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The Canarsie Warblers before their last performance. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The Canarsie Warblers before their last performance. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Michael Arenella’s 12th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party finished off its summer’s first weekend on Governors Island with a healthy heat that was free of humidity. The comfortable temperature encouraged everyone to linger at picnics under the trees gracing the island’s historic parade ground. Eventually they were summoned to the wooden dance floor for the final soirees. As the sun dwindled, Arenella’s swinging Dreamland Orchestra kept their feet jumping as one encore led to another. After every time Michael said it was the last song, his orchestra would spring forth with another. In the fictional Depression-era setting, all could say they got their money’s worth. When the finale creshendowed, Michael grabbed his microphone and thanked the crowd before adding, “Now I’ll ask everyone to please come up to the stage, we’re going to take a big group portrait like they used to do years ago!”

Click through the slideshow to see what you missed. And don’t fret: The lawn party returns August 26 and 27.

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Here’s What You Missed at Governors Ball

Lorde

Lorde

Lorde

Lorde

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

The Head and The Heart

The Head and The Heart

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

Indian dance crew

Indian dance crew

Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

Rae Sremmurd

Rae Sremmurd

A$AP Ferg

A$AP Ferg

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

Wu Tang Clan

Wu Tang Clan

Wu Tang Clan

Wu Tang Clan

ODB art

ODB art

Wu Tang Clan

Wu Tang Clan

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

Wu Tang Clan

Wu Tang Clan

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

RUFUS DU SOL

RUFUS DU SOL

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

EDEN

EDEN

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

Phantogram

Phantogram

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

BANKS

BANKS

Sean Glass of Small Difference clothing and Daniel Glass of Glassnote records.

Sean Glass of Small Difference clothing and Daniel Glass of Glassnote records.

Parquet Courts

Parquet Courts

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

Mac Demarco

Mac Demarco

Mac DeMarco

Mac DeMarco

Skepta

Skepta

Parquet Courts

Parquet Courts

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

Parquet Courts

Parquet Courts

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

Skepta

Skepta

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

(Photos: Daniel Leinweber - Razberry Photography)

Governors Ball came in like a something ball this weekend, bringing with it local acts like Parquet Courts, Wu Tang Clan, and Mac DeMarco, who was all smiles and laughs, as well as touring artists like Mississippi’s Rae Sremmurd and English grime act Skepta, who could be heard working the crowd (aka his energy crew) all the way across the island. There was the requisite crowd-riding, courtesy of Cage the Elephant, and SAINt JHN’s hypemen used golden water guns to shoot champagne into the audience. Compared to all this, Childish Gambino’s set was relatively chill, though that didn’t prevent some in the younger-leaning crowd from passing out. We snapped photos of performers like Lorde, Franz Ferdinand, and Phantogram; bumped into A$AP Ferg backstage; and cruised around to see what everyone was wearing. Click through the slideshow to have a look.

Reporting by Shannon Barbour; photos and reporting by Daniel Leinweber – Razberry Photography.

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Bushwick’s Art Partiers Went On a Crazy Little Camping Trip

Bushwig during their performances at the Water stage on Sunday afternoon with DJ TR[OTTER] spinning behind them. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Bushwig during their performances at the Water stage on Sunday afternoon with DJ TR[OTTER] spinning behind them. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The BAE crew partying at Elements festival's sculpture garden. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The BAE crew partying at Elements festival's sculpture garden. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The Golden Pony with their audience closing out the Fire Stage on Sunday night. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The Golden Pony with their audience closing out the Fire Stage on Sunday night. (Photo: Nick McManus)

DJ 2Melo with his audience at the conclusion of his Saturday afternoon set on the Water stage. (Photo: Nick McManus)

DJ 2Melo with his audience at the conclusion of his Saturday afternoon set on the Water stage. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The attendees of BAE's Women in Music and Nightlife panel in front The JunXion's DJ truck at the Theme Camps. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The attendees of BAE's Women in Music and Nightlife panel in front The JunXion's DJ truck at the Theme Camps. (Photo: Nick McManus)

IRL's Alley Elle with DJ N2N as she announced a sunset group portrait on Sunday night. (Photo: Nick McManus)

IRL's Alley Elle with DJ N2N as she announced a sunset group portrait on Sunday night. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Cory Glenn and Lindsay Arden's Pirate Ship, The Molly Roger, docked off of the Water stage on Fork Mountain Pond. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Cory Glenn and Lindsay Arden's Pirate Ship, The Molly Roger, docked off of the Water stage on Fork Mountain Pond. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Drishti Beats and Deep House Yoga hosting a yoga session from the Earth stage on Saturday morning. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Drishti Beats and Deep House Yoga hosting a yoga session from the Earth stage on Saturday morning. (Photo: Nick McManus)

DJ Eli Escobar opening up the Fire Stage on Friday afternoon. (Photo: Nick McManus)

DJ Eli Escobar opening up the Fire Stage on Friday afternoon. (Photo: Nick McManus)

DJ Matt Sebastian (left) opening up the Earth stage on Friday afternoon. (Photo: Nick McManus)

DJ Matt Sebastian (left) opening up the Earth stage on Friday afternoon. (Photo: Nick McManus)

DJ David Kiss (top, far right) spinning with friends at the roller rink. (Photo: Nick McManus)

DJ David Kiss (top, far right) spinning with friends at the roller rink. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Waste management manager Kenny Wilder (bottom, left) along with attendees with the flagship of his Trash Pirates' ATV armada.

Waste management manager Kenny Wilder (bottom, left) along with attendees with the flagship of his Trash Pirates' ATV armada.

Campers from Philadelphia and central New Jersey waking up on Sunday morning. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Campers from Philadelphia and central New Jersey waking up on Sunday morning. (Photo: Nick McManus)

Party contingents from all over Brooklyn convened in Lakewood, Pennsylvania this past weekend for a rural edition of the Elements festival that BangOn! inaugurated last year in Red Hook (it’ll return there this August). From Friday afternoon till Monday morning, attendees danced, relaxed and caroused around four stages, a roller rink, wellness tents, and an all-out techno club run by Bushwick’s Members Only. The rain that was predicted for the weekend didn’t deter the thousands from partying on as the literal elements of water and earth made for a muddy party.

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Cheer of the Rooster: Photos from Chinatown’s Lunar New Year Parade

(Photos: Sam Patwell)

(Photos: Sam Patwell)

(Photos: Sam Patwell)

(Photos: Sam Patwell)

(Photos: Sam Patwell)

(Photos: Sam Patwell)

(Photos: Sam Patwell)

(Photos: Sam Patwell)

(Photos: Sam Patwell)

(Photos: Sam Patwell)

(Photos: Sam Patwell)

(Photos: Sam Patwell)

(Photos: Sam Patwell)

(Photos: Sam Patwell)

(Photos: Sam Patwell)

(Photos: Sam Patwell)

(Photos: Sam Patwell)

(Photos: Sam Patwell)

(Photos: Sam Patwell)

(Photos: Sam Patwell)

(Photos: Sam Patwell)

(Photos: Sam Patwell)

(Photos: Sam Patwell)

(Photos: Sam Patwell)

(Photos: Sam Patwell)

(Photos: Sam Patwell)

(Photos: Sam Patwell)

(Photos: Sam Patwell)

(Photos: Sam Patwell)

(Photos: Sam Patwell)

(Photos: Sam Patwell)

(Photos: Sam Patwell)

Despite the chilly, grey weather, masses of people lined the streets of Chinatown yesterday as the Chinese Lunar New Year Parade wound its way down Mott, under the Manhattan Bridge and up Eldridge to eventually land outside of Sara D. Roosevelt Park.

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Top Editors On What Journalists Covering Trump Should Keep in Their Back Pockets

L to R: Stelter, Polgreen, Weisberg, Echevarría, Remnick.

L to R: Stelter, Polgreen, Weisberg, Echevarría, Remnick. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

“How do you cover a beast like Donald Trump?” That question, posed by NYU journalism professor and press critic Jay Rosen, was at the heart of a talk last night between New Yorker editor David Remnick and the top editors of Huffington Post, Slate, and Univision.

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Sultan, Your Lift Has Arrived: Scenes From Williamsburg’s 129th Giglio Feast

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

The annual Giglio Feast, a Williamsburg tradition since 1903, is going on right now on the blocks around Our Lady of Mount Carmel church. And while much of the 11-day festival resembles other Italian street feasts–there are zeppoles, sausage and peppers, sucker games of “skill”–what makes Giglio unique is the incredible spectacle of the highly ritualized lifts.

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Photos: Sea Creatures and See-and-Be-Seen Creatures at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Queen Mermaid Hailey Clauson and King Neptune Carlo A. Scissura. (Photo: Karissa Gall)

Queen Mermaid Hailey Clauson and King Neptune Carlo A. Scissura. (Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Netflix and Krill. (Photo: Karissa Gall)

Netflix and Krill. (Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Coney Island was all aglitter Saturday as the 34th annual Mermaid Parade rolled down Surf Avenue and the boardwalk. Amidst the usual semi-naked sirens, less-than-sober pirates and other fishy types (#Netflixandkrill), some paid tribute to the late David Bowie, others honored the victims of last week’s shooting in Orlando, and plenty celebrated Pride early. Click through our photos to have a look at the colorful mix of beauty, activism and buffoonery.

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Hundreds Line Up in Bushwick to Say: ‘Fuck Rape Culture’

(Photo: Karissa Gall)

Hundreds lined up for GRLCVLT’s Fuck Rape Culture event Wednesday night. (Photo: Karissa Gall)

Yesterday, on the same day that the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office revealed that Judge Aaron Persky was removed from a new sex assault case at the request of prosecutors, over 700 letters petitioning for him to be permanently unseated were signed at a “Fuck Rape Culture” party in Bushwick. GRLCVLT’s event at Holyrad Studio drew women and men dissatisfied with the lenient, 89-day county jail sentence Persky handed down for the sexual abuse committed by Stanford student Brock Turner. The response was overwhelming not only because hundreds signed their letters while lined up outside of the packed, 150-capacity studio, but also because of the sheer emotion as women shared their personal stories of sexual assault, and called for an end to the abuse and injustice.

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Brian De Palma Shed Light on a Crazy Rumor About Martin Scorsese and Taxi Driver

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Last night, as part of this month’s Brian De Palma retrospective at Metrograph, the director himself sat down for a Q&A after a screening of his 1970 comedy Hi, Mom!, in which a fresh-faced Robert de Niro plays an “urban guerrilla” who voyeuristically photographs the residents of NYU’s Silver Towers. (Check out the film’s genius opening sequence for a tour of a squalid, $66-a-month Lower East Side apartment.) De Palma said revisiting the film so many years later was “like seeing a lot of old photographs, really— I mean, you see these people you took pictures of when they were in their 20s and now we’re old, old men.”

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Bushwick Arts Festival Didn’t Exactly Do Open Studios Like a BOS

Work by Masha Simonova (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Work by Masha Simonova (Photo: Nicole Disser)

For Luis Martin, the curator of a small gallery project inside East Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Brush Studios called Paranthesis Art Space, this last weekend was the culmination of a yearlong effort, but also an exercise in keeping chill and carrying on. Just a few months before he was set to open Parallel Lives– a double-venue show featuring seven artists who traveled here from Chicago and five who traveled there from New York– it was announced that Bushwick Open Studios was canceling its regular June festivities, and moving its artist-focused event to a later date in October. “When Arts in Bushwick decided not to do the summer event, there was no centrality, no direction,” he said. Like many other artists in the area, Martin said he’d been “counting on the Bushwick Open Studios crowd.”

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