Things Got Wet At Gansevoort Park Rooftop Last Night
The burger grab that launched a thousand water gun squirts.
At the launch of Gansevoort Park's Rooftop's Summer Series yesterday, the music was loud, clothes were coming off, and the threat of rain was making people get drunk in a hurry. As it turns out, a lot of people did get pretty wet —but not from any rain!
The three-level midtown pool deck, which we decided to like for our annual rooftop bars list, hopes to become a bass-thumping party destination this summer, and will do anything—including distributing neon plastic water guns—to make sure the party goes off as planned. As crowds continued to cram onto "Manhattan's largest rooftop pool," we started to worry the front row of people would fall in to the pool. But the water fight that ensued made sure that, in or out of the pool, no shoes were left un-splashed.
Big name DJs like Paul Oakenfold (last night), Sharam (next week), and Chris Lake are all scheduled for appearances, though hopefully they won't be too turned off by the early bedtime. The event only runs until 9pm, so while owners are likely to avoid potential police run-ins from noise complaints (W Fort Lauderdale, are you listening?), we were initially unsure whether the so-called "music event" would really be able to get off the ground, so to speak. But those doubts were soon squelched.
Downstairs, the line of hopeful merrymakers wrapped itself around the block. Maybe some just wanted the chance to hang at a normally guests-only space. Maybe some were hoping to catch a glimpse of high-profilers like Justin Timberlake, who made an appearance at the rooftop back in October. Others probably just wanted to throw on their bathing suits and splash around.
Almost everyone we spoke to had been tipped off to the event by a promoter, though it turns out the initial public response to the event (which you can RSVP to here) was overwhelmingly positive—over 700 RSVPs in the first day alone! And why wouldn't they want to go? Dancing girls in marching red bikinis, a mostly shirtless crowd, Kobe sliders, and endless supplies of Vitamin Water (the event's main sponsor)—if that doesn't spell fun, we don't know what does.