Mister Sunday at Industry City: Brooklyn’s Premiere Daytime Dance Party

Something magical is happening in Brooklyn. There is a vibrancy, energy and new life breathing between it’s tree-lined streets everyday.  Amid the Johnny pumps and townhouses, life-long locals and transplants come together to bask in the beauty that Brooklyn harmonizes, in a way never before orchestrated. The magic is part of Brooklyn’s charm and adds to her allure.

Mister Sunday is a weekly, daytime, outdoor dance party down in Industry City (west of Greenwood Heights & Sunset Park) that starts at 3:00pm and goes until 9:00pm (that’s just when the music stops, people still linger for a bit.) It’s $15 at the door, or $10 in advance when you buy tickets from their website. The party is hosted by Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin, who are also the DJ’s spinning hot beats.

IMG_0748Nestled in between two industrial warehouses is an open courtyard with a bar set up serving sangria, wine and beer, a small food court, stringed street lights, a disco ball and a proper dance floor. The rules of the dance floor are: no cell phones, no smoking and to generally respect others and have fun. They want people to really be in the moment when dancing and respect that we all came out to have a good time.

Photo courtesy of Brendan H. on Yelp

A gold bull upon entering the space

IMG_0749Anywhere off the dance floor, pictures, cell phones, smoking and socializing is permitted and absolutely happening.

The crowd is good-looking, young, upwardly mobile, comprised of urban professionals and artsy types, mostly local Brooklynites – and some city folk. I’d venture that the age range is about 28 – 48, with a concentration of folks in their early 30’s and 40’s. It’s definitely a mature, respectable and handsome crowd.


I broke one rule, and snapped a shot of the DJ’s. This is Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter. They were SO feeling the music and feeding off the crowd. It was magic.


I took a moment to breathe and take it all in. This is looking up.

Courtesy of Brendan H. on Yelp


Good times


IMG_0765 IMG_0762 IMG_0756 IMG_0755 One girl we met on the dance floor brought a hula hoop. We all took turns with it. Hilarity ensued.


Claudia, getting down with the hula hoop

Mister Sunday was a fantastic way to end the weekend. I let my hair down, let loose and danced the day away amidst the glow of the evening and glimmering sweaty bodies that came together to cavort and be lighthearted, with a receptivity of oneness.


About Maya

I like words like "labyrinthian," "kerfuffle," and "serendipitous" because they're mellifluous. I love poetry, pumpkin ales, sangria, long summer days, Fall foliage, going out of my way to step on crunchy leaves in October, live music, Jazz, Salsa dancing, theater, film (foreign and indie), the arts (myriad varieties), dance (in theory and practice) and any place where I can sit outdoors and take it all in.
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