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From semi-private lofts to verdant groves along the toxin-laden Gowanus Canal, Mister Saturday Night’s Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin have reimagined the dance party with one tenet in mind: Don’t just DJ. Instead, create an atmosphere, an experience, and a community by hosting one-of-a-kind events that feel intimate, not exclusive. When they kicked things off at Santos Party House back in 2009, no one could have predicted that Mister Saturday Night would become such a vital nightlife institution; the duo doggedly sought out venues off the beaten path, like 12-Turn-13 (a former dairy in Clinton Hill that became an artists’ collective), and sold tickets via a loyal mailing list. That made it easy to branch out into a second, family-and-dog-friendly daytime dance party, Mister Sunday. But after years of migrating, it was time to settle down, so Carter and Harkin opened up their bar Nowadays in Ridgewood in the summer of 2015. Now that the pair have fought off rumors that the lush, tree-lined backyard was literally radioactive (which a representative of the EPA quickly debunked), the beat goes on, with a weekly ping-pong tournament, a lecture series, and movie screenings, in addition to the expertly curated house music that has made Mister Saturday Night one of the hottest events in town.

56-06 Cooper Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens