Jun 2nd 2010 By Brian Abrams
On Saturday, the Newmindspace
, aka the wackadoos behind International Pillow Fight Day
, delivered an even more spastic soiree that had Lower East Side's Sara Roosevelt Park packed with adolescents and grown men alike ... with makeshift Star Wars props.
It was no Fett/Leia accordion duel
, but the LED Lightsaber Battle NYC 2010
had an array of innocent mischief, mostly from dudes who, instead of swingin' their d*cks on 1st Ave. at dimly lit lounges, wielded 12 inches of glowing PVC pipes among a troop of other geeks, dweebs and spazzes.
Although Craig (pictured, left), a middle-aged dog walker who hails from Staten Island and clad in a sleeveless tee, says he's definitely met chicks because of his hobby: constructing his own lightsabers and retailing them online
. (He's also part of the local Star Wars social club, "NYC Jedi
," which has its own lightsaber-training curriculum.)
"I'm from a fencing background," he tells Asylum. "We're going to play on the defensive tonight, not be too aggressive. Some younger people may get too aggressive, it's a natural instinct when holding a weapon in one's hand. It's that childish reaction ... We love the silliness of being young."
One of Craig's former disciples still goes by his Jedi name, Drezx. He dropped out of NYC Jedi for "mostly financial reasons" (NYC Jedi does
charge $10 per class) but still likes to give his support at events. When asked if his 6-foot-2-inch stature helps pwn fellow Jedi at such events? "Yoda said it best: 'Size matters not.'"
Check out the gallery from LightSaber Battle NYC 2010.