DJ Mike Borowski
DJ MIKE BOROWSKI is in his fourth year as a resident DJ in Fire Island Pines.
I like to think of DJ Mike Borowski as SuperDJ. Mike runs from NYC to the Pines in a 24 hour period, and does not miss a beat. Literally! From his infectious smile and attitude, to the love he spreads through his music DJ Mike Borowski has become a fixture in the Pines.
While he’d been a radio DJ in college, Mike gave up what he considered a hobby when he graduated and moved to New York City in 1992. It was there he became a Broadway press agent, working primarily on the theater’s longest-running musicals, including Cats, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon and The Phantom of the Opera. His first Fire Island experience was daytripping to Cherry Grove in the summer of 1995. He would later join his first share in the Pines in 2008. But despite his intense love for dance music and hosting parties, he didn’t think about returning to the turntables.
In 2010, as a lark, he accepted an invitation by his friend, New York City bar owner Eric Einstein, to throw a one-time party at Pieces, the bar he owned on Christopher Street in the heart of Gay NYC. The night was a success, and soon Mike was spinning both a monthly dance party and a weekly afternoon Tea there. In 2012, when Eric and business partner Justin Buchanan opened up Hardware Bar further north in Hell’s Kitchen – perfectly timed as part of that neighborhhood’s Gay boom – Mike went with them. To this day, he continues there as a resident DJ, spinning every Thursday Happy Hour and Friday night.
But one goal eluded him: spinning on Fire Island. In early 2013, he took matters into his own hands by recording a sample Low Tea set and submitting it to Pines management. That spring, he booked his first guest spot at Low Tea. He became a resident DJ in the Pines the following year, and has since played every Pines venue, including his favorite, Low Tea at the Blue Whale. He also enjoys spinning for Pines community events and non-profit Gay organizations.
Mike and his husband, Tom Katzenmeyer, became Pines homeowners in 2013, buying their East End home, Gibbon Hill. Mike continues working dual careers: as a Broadway press agent by day and resident DJ by night.
He’s especially looking forward to the 2017 Pines Season, where he’ll be spinning on Thursdays, Saturdays and Mondays. And no matter the season or temperature, you can always catch him working in his signature, year-round DJ attire: tank top, short-shorts and flip-flops. As Mike says with a smile, “It’s always summer in my DJ booth.”