Last Wednesday almost 4,000 people dressed in their finest white clothes gathered in Columbus Circle, hopped on the subway, and flooded from Times Square to eventually pool in Bryant Park for the 2013 NYC Dîner en Blanc. This was my first year participating, and it did not disappoint in the least. My personal style philosophy these days can best be described as “funereal,” so while I’m no stranger to dressing in monochrome my all-white dinner party ensemble felt a lot like looking at myself in negative.
Every year at the Dîner en Blanc, there’s a magical moment. At Bryant Park this year, it was mid-dinner when the back facade of the New York Public Library became packed with guests dancing and drinking wine (in public, *gasp!*). Last year at Lincoln Center it was when the 3,000 guests flooded the geometric plaza, which we captured in a time lapse video.
For those new to the game: This year 4,000 people will suddenly descend onto a public place with their chairs, tables, food, and friends, all dressed in white. Due to New York City alcohol rules, wine is purchased online beforehand and picked up at the event, but the party will go strong from 6pm to 10pm. Then at 10pm, as magically as it started, everyone will empty the place, leaving it as they found it.
If you’ve been following Untapped Cities for a while, you probably know that we love the Dîner en Blanc, ever since we started attending the invite-only one in Paris in 2010. But with our belief that great experiences should be shared–like what we do here at Untapped Cities with our articles–we were very excited to see the ”democratization” of the Dîner en Blanc in other cities, which you could sign up via the organization’s website. This year’s event will take place on September 18th.