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10 Great Places to Party in the City

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1 Over the past three years, P.S.1's SUMMER WARM UP, the art world's natty take on the afternoon barbecue, has gained a cult following of young hipsters with ambitions of one day having a cult following of their own. From 3 to 9 p.m. on Saturdays, $5 gets you into the ROY architecture firm's stellar "installation" of pools, hammocks, and a wall of fans -- a fine spot for D.J.'s and dancers to chill out. Through September 1. (22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City; 718-784-2084; www.ps1.org.)

2 From June 27 to July 28, hepcats and wannabe hepcats will flock to Lincoln Center on Tuesdays through Saturdays (starting at 6:30 p.m.) for MIDSUMMER NIGHT SWING, which involves a live big band enticing a crowd of pros and amateurs into some joyous twirling. ($12; see www.lincolncenter.org for a detailed calendar.)

3 Every other Wednesday through July, jazz aficionados will head to the newly renovated tenth-floor gallery at Sotheby's for its SUMMER JAZZ CONCERT SERIES. For $35, you can sip old-fashioneds, snack on creative Tentation-catered munchies, and tap your feet to the likes of Judy Carmichael and Tom Grant. (1334 York Avenue, at 71st Street; 212-606-7173.)

4 On July 7, SUMMERSTAGE hosts Manu Chao, a Spanish-French-English band that expertly blends electronica, rock, and salsa in a way that guarantees an epidemic of hip-shaking in the middle of Central Park. (Free; for other concerts, check out www.summerstage.org and our hot-concert listing on page 109.)

5 The Monday-evening HBO BRYANT PARK SUMMER FILM FESTIVAL has become such a blockbuster draw that, unless you want to feel like you're battling your way to the front of an eerily still mosh pit, you'd better show up with your blanket and Twizzlers at least an hour or two before sunset, when the movie starts. (Our suggestion: Bring a box dinner and make a picnic of it.) Among this year's slate of classics: The Wild One and Double Indemnity. (Free; call 212-512-5700 for a complete schedule.)

6 Those with edgier tastes should drop in on GALAPAGOS, the Williamsburg art space and bar known for its sublime indoor reflecting pool. On Monday nights, a wacky duo known as the Wau Wau Sisters put on a neo-vaudevillian show featuring sassy retro costumes, lots of trapeze swinging, and a repertoire of original (and deliciously lewd) songs. (Free; 70 North 6th Street, Brooklyn; 718-782-5188.)

7 On toasty summer nights, there's only one thing better than a few cold marga-ritas: a few free cold margaritas. On Wednesday nights, Tortilla Flats hosts a raucous (and often debauched) HULA HOOP PARTY, where those who can keep the damn thing spinning sufficiently long (the time depends on "how nice you are," according to management) are eligible for a pitcher of margaritas. (767 Washington Street; 212-243-1053.)

8 It's hard to pin down exactly when karaoke went from being a lame family cruise-ship activity to a veritable way of life among trendy swells, but when you're singing along to A Flock of Seagulls with a supermodel, such questions become irrelevant. Check out the Monday-night KARAOKE PARTY at Suite 16, where for between $5 and $20 (admission, obnoxiously enough, is at the whim of the doorwoman) you can join a young, pretty crowd of single Manhattanites all trying to honor (or besmirch, depending on how you look at it) the memory of Milli Vanilli. (10 p.m.; 127 Eighth Avenue, at 16th Street; 212-627-1680.)

9 On the last Thursday of every month, the Frying Pan, a stationary boat turned club at Pier 63, hosts MUTINY, a four-year-old party for 400 fusing drum 'n' bass, hip-hop, and South Asian sounds. ($15; 23rd Street and the West Side Highway; visit www.mutinysounds.com or call 212-252-2397 for details.)

10 OVERBOARD, another boat dance party, takes place on the Paddlewheel Queen, which circles Manhattan every other Sunday night from 7 p.m. to midnight as D.J.'s spin thumping dance music. (Tickets, $25, are available through www.matter-form.com.)

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