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Climb ‘Shit Rock’ or Forage in the Park at OutdoorFest

(Photo from Destination Backcountry Adventures)

(Photo from Destination Backcountry Adventures)

Learn how to make a fire, forage for your lunch in Central Park and scale Shit Rock and Worthless Boulder during OutdoorFest, a week of more than 50 events across the city between May 27 and June 7. We’ve gathered a short list of some of the activities below. Join in, and you can pretend you’re Reese Witherspoon in Wild, except showered, and with an apartment to go home to when all the outdoorsiness gets old.
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Go See Abbi From Broad City Spiel With Susie Effin’ Essman

Hey, if Awkwafina can pen a New York City guide, why shouldn’t Abbi Jacobson of Broad City do a NYC coloring book? Like Onur Tukel, Jacobson is that rarest of combos, an actor-illustrator, and next month she’ll talk about Color This Book: New York City at the Strand, which is actually featured in the book alongside Washington Square Park, UCB, Artichoke Pizza and other landmarks.

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Bushwick’s Farm-in-the-Sky Gets Uprooted By Its Landlord

photo-originalFarm-in-the-Sky, a youth-run rooftop garden that set up shop at the Mayday building in Bushwick last year, is struggling to manage an unexpected move after being kicked out for causing damage to the roof, according to the program’s executive director Sean-Michael Fleming, who also suspects the organization is being ousted because of discrimination against the teenagers the program is designed to help.

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Rockaway Is Getting a Palm-Tree Paradise With Coffee, Shopping and Live Music

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

So now that we’ve seen what’s replacing Rockaway Taco this summer, the question is: where do we go eat this tasty Latin food? How about under some palm trees? Last month, the folks at Rockaway Summer, a magazine about the peninsula that launched last year, flew eight of them in from Florida and installed them right across from the shack on Beach 96th Street. Next month, the leafy plot will open as a souvenir shop and hang spot with a pop-up art gallery, coffee, and live music.

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Here’s Rockaway Taco’s Replacement For the Summer

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Rockaway Taco’s shack on Beach 96th Street has gotten a bright makeover in preparation for the start of The Summer Shift. When the shack’s owner, David Selig, learned that his chef Andrew Field was departing to open Tacoway Beach at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club, he teamed up with The MP Shift – a budding firm specializing in branding, design, and PR – to come up with a fresh concept. Rockaway Taco is set to return next summer, but in the meantime, The Summer Shift will feature a rotating array of guest chefs exploring their Latin roots (you know, like the Fugazi song).

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Photos: Riis Park Beach Bazaar Quietly Opens in Rockaway

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Despite the nip in the air, summer came early in Rockaway today. We stopped by Jacob Riis Park to see what was up with the food concessions that the folks at Brooklyn Night Bazaar had said they were opening this weekend. A mailer sent to newsletter subscribers today had the opening day on Saturday, but it looks like they’re doing a quiet test run today. Earlier this afternoon, an employee at Brooklyn Star, one of the food vendors, told us they’d be up and running from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today. As you can see, she was prepping a sandwich board advertising chicken waffle cones. I repeat: chicken waffle cones.

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Three Chances to Hear Arthur Russell’s Music Come to Life

NYC2015-0529-MasterMixGiven all the advertising around town, you probably already know about Red Hot + Arthur Russell!, the tribute to legendary East Village musician Arthur Russell that’s happening May 29 and 30 at BAM as part of the same Red Bull Music Academy Festival that brought La Monte Young out. If the $35+ entry free is discouraging you from buying tickets (still available) to see Devonté Hynes, Cults, Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire, and Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters pay tribute to Russell (Hynes, by the way, recently posted some new music to YouTube), you may want to hit Baby’s All Right tonight for what’s sure to be an equally stirring tribute to the influential composer and cellist.

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There’s a New Mayor in Hell Square: Controversial LES Bars Get New Owner

Los Feliz (Photo: Shanna Ravindra, NYMag.com)

Los Feliz (Photo: Shanna Ravindra, NYMag.com)

They won’t have Rob Shamlian to kick around anymore, because he’s turning over his restaurants to Sarid Drory. The former owner of the Cub Room, who bought Murray Hill bistro Artisanal last year, told Community Board 3′s SLA committee last night that he had purchased 100 percent of Ludlow Street tequileria Los Feliz and plans to put an end to the noise, drunkenness, and dance club atmosphere that caused Shamlian to butt heads with neighborhood group LES Dwellers earlier this year.

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Um, Look at the Baby Shower Cake Justine D Made For Karen O

When you’re Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, your baby shower cake ain’t coming from Carvel. So her friends — including her Greenpoint-based stylist Christian Joy — tapped DJ/baker Justine D to make her a cake. Wait, “DJ/baker?” you say? Yep. The doyenne of dance, who has a monthly residency with Nancy Whang of LCD Soundsystem at the McCarren Park Hotel, graduated from the French Culinary Institute five years ago, and now she does pastries in addition to parties. “When called upon to do a baby shower cake for Karen O. of The YYY’s,” she writes on her site, “I knew it would be a Rock and Roll adventure complete with studs, fondant to look like leather and hand painted band pins.” Here’s a closer look at those studs. 

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Rockaway-Bound Brooklyn Night Bazaar Says ‘Farewell Greenpoint’

Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 10.45.10 AMBrooklyn Night Bazaar just made it official and told its newsletter subscribers that this weekend will be its last at 165 Banker, which is being leased to “a very large company” (BMW, to be exact). A t-shirt company with the somewhat ironic name As the Music Dies will be among the closing vendors. But the music isn’t totally dying: as previously reported, this weekend the Bazaar’s owners will open the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in Rockaway,  featuring food from Brooklyn Star, Fletcher’s Brooklyn BBQ and others, plus shows on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Here’s the Bazaar’s official farewell.
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East Village Gets Its First Kava Bar, Kavasutra

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A flurry of activity at 261 East 10th Street last week signaled the arrival of Kavasutra, a 10-seat bar serving tea made with kava root, which promises relaxation without the incapacitating properties of alcohol or the mental fuzziness of marijuana. “The kava root is dried, ground and mixed with water. The result is a relaxing and euphoria drink that elevates the senses and has a number of wonderful health benefits,” says the Kavasutra website.

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