Daytime Dance Party Brings Taste of 'First Saturdays' to Manhattan Bridge

By Janet Upadhye on August 14, 2014 2:42pm 

 The dance party, called Tunnel Vision, will be hosted by Sahr Ngaujah of the Broadway play "Fela."
The dance party, called Tunnel Vision, will be hosted by Sahr Ngaujah of the Broadway play "Fela."
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DUMBO — It's a block party under the bridge.

A series of family-friendly dance parties is coming to the Archway under the Manhattan Bridge, featuring a lineup of DJs spinning world beat, soul, house music described as a mashup of the popular First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum and MoMA PS 1's Warm Up.

Tunnel Vision is a partnership between BBOX Radio and the DUMBO Improvement District and designed to give the community a chance to see the Archway, which was once used as storage for the Department of Transportation.

"Our mission is to inspire creativity and build community using quality music, dance and art in a monumental public space," the Tunnel Vision team said in a statement. "We're putting a 21st century spin on the traditional Brooklyn block party."

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Alexandria Sica, executive director of the DUMBO Improvement District, described the party as a "mash-up between Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturday and PS1 Warm Up."

The Target First Saturdays Dance Parties were canceled in 2012 after complaints about crowds. A tamped down version of the parties were soon reinstated.

This weekend's event will be hosted by Sahr Ngaujah of the Broadway play "Fela!" and feature DJs Donald G. Bernard, Monday Blue and Mr. Klean.

There will also be picnic tables and Hula Hoops and bubbles for kids. Guests are welcome to bring their own food.

The party will go from 3 - 7 p.m. and is set to take place monthly on Saturdays, starting Aug. 16, while the weather is warm. Check the DUMBO Improvement District website for future events.

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