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.
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).
According to the NYPD, an arrest is imminent in Monday’s shooting death of a 39-year-old Bushwick man, which they believe to be connected to the fatal stabbing that occurred the next day in Williamsburg. [DNA Info]
Fourteenth Street will be the site of 56K-square-feet of new retail space between Avenues A and B. [Real Estate Weekly]
Genesis Bridal Shop, which closed its Clinton Street location last week after three decades, will reopen just three blocks away at 309 East Houston Street, replacing a salon. [Bowery Boogie]
The opening of East Village Organic isn’t the only recent change on First Avenue. Right next-door, soccer and rugby bar Lunasa recently shed its old image to become The Grafton. Named after the “Madison Avenue of Dublin,” hometown of Grafton bartender Gary Gregg, it’s still owned by Gavin Whiston and Patrick Byrne (both also originally Dubliners) but now features a made-over front seating area, tweaked menu and spruced up backyard perfect for enjoying a pint on a summer evening.
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.
Eric Sosa and Michael Zuco are partners in life and now they’re about to be partners in business as well. The couple, who recently got engaged, decided to hold off their wedding in lieu of opening up a new bar on Bed-Stuy’s bustling Franklin Avenue. “We’re going to a give it a year so we can get this place on its feet,” Sosa explained. When it opens in a couple of weeks, C’mon Everybody will join a gaggle of new restaurants and bars along the Franklin Avenue strip south of DeKalb. But Sosa and Zuco are offering more than just booze and the possibility of good times. C’mon Everybody will be one of the few places in the area with a space dedicated to live music. “We’re going back to that sort of underground New York nightlife scene in the late ‘70s, early ‘80s,” Zuco explained. “We’re all really influenced by that era, and the decor reflects that without being too kitschy or over the top.”
Two of the summer’s biggest fests, Bushwick Open Studios and Northside Festival, have now revealed their full schedules and lineups, showing us just what we can expect next month. To make things extra fun, they’re running back-to-back this year, with BOS slated for June 5 to 7, and Northside happening June 8 to 14. So, yeah, cancel any plans to hit the new Riis Park Beach Bazaar during those dates.
Walking into the Company Gallery on the Lower East Side feels like stepping inside a Tumblr. Photographs of painted people, tinted by sunlight flooding in through colorful tissue paper, are interspersed with delicate ferns and towering bamboo sticks. A lithium drone within the gallery’s white walls is broken up by Night Soil – Fake Paradise, an experimental documentary film by Melanie Bonajo in which women from Brooklyn candidly discussion their deeply personal experiences with ayahuasca. Some of the revelations are blissful and mystic while others turn completely horrifying, melting the psyche down into utterly submissive goo — Bonajo’s way of reminding us of the immeasurable power of psychedelic substances.
A year ago, when Mars Bar’s owner Hank Penza told us he was “going to reopen” in the luxury building that replaced his bar, no one could’ve imagined that he’d team up with a founder of Juice Press to open a health-food café selling $200 body oils. But here it is: NatureEs celebrated its opening last night with a party featuring kombucha on tap, smoked coconut chips, and smoothies with names like Starter Wife.
Police released security footage of a man they believe sexually assaulted a 27-year-old woman in her Williamsburg apartment building on April 18. [ABC 7]
Last Wednesday, a man who said he had a gun threatened to rob a Bedford Avenue taco truck, but left empty-handed. [Brookyln Paper]
Bushwick’s Community Board 4 allegedly broke state laws by banning the public from discussions determining whether local businesses will receive liquor licenses. [DNA Info]
Given 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.