Stuck in town this Memorial Day weekend? You’re better off avoiding the mile-long airport lines anyway, so consider yourself lucky. But just in case you’re tired of hitting up to Smorgasburg for the third weekend in a row or staring at your computer screen as you Netflix your life away, Bedford + Bowery has put together plenty of options to keep you entertained over the long weekend.
Riis Park Beach Bazaar
Sure, it’s mid-October, but it’s also pushing 80 degrees today, so we’re not completely insane to give you a heads up about a beachside restaurant. Over the weekend, Whit’s End grand-opened its new spot in Jacob Riis Park.
If you haven’t noticed, it’s been hot. Sweet and icy treats can be a good way to combat this, but let’s face it. Ice cream, milkshakes, and smoothies can get expensive. Air conditioning is pricey too, and you can only hang out in chilly coffee shops for so long until you start to get grumpy stares.
Starting this Friday until August 6, the folks at music fest Full Moon Festival will be going around to various locations in the city, doling out free (yes, that’s right) snow cones. Revel in the sweet nostalgia of this simple frozen treat and and try to avoid brain freeze from crunching on ice too quickly as you seek refuge from sweat in what is really just syrup poured onto literal ice. Hey, it’s tasty. As a way of spicing up the typical snow cone fare, they’re offering a special “Blue Moon” flavor (no, not the beer) which combines pineapple and blueberry in a refreshing blend.
As if the Ramones exhibit wasn’t enough, here’s another reason to have “Rock, Rock, Rockaway Beach” stuck in your head: the folks at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar have announced their lineup of food vendors, and it’s got us slathering sunblock on our wind-chapped faces.
Last month when we brought word that the folks at Riis Park Beach Bazaar had decided to keep slinging drinks through the winter, and that one of its vendors, WildFeast, would be continuing on as a proper restaurant, it seemed too good to be true: year-round food and drink smack dab in the middle of Jacob Riis Park? During the off-season the place is pretty much the dictionary definition of “desolate,” with howling winds that will instantly peel off whatever is left of that summer tan.
We’re stuck between seasons here but in the best way possible, experiencing the best of fall and summer all between sun up and sun down. That’s why this week we’re bringing you everything from a sizzling time at the very last Riis Park Beach Bazaar show by the water to a dark rager deep inside the belly of our favorite metal bar. Jump for deets.
Our only utterance of advice for this week: pack em in, kids. If you’re as unsettled about the end of summer as we are, consider taking some of that aggression out at any number of these shows (there’s enough punk to go around for all of yous) or, better yet, gaze at some of these truly gnarly noise-makers in awe of frustrations much deeper than your own. Best, best, best of all, though: see what happens after a legendary rapper denounces her medium but returns to the stage anyway for something altogether new. Cheers to spiteful finales.
When the Brooklyn Night Bazaar announced that it was summering in Rockaway, not everyone greeted its Riis Park Beach Bazaar with open arms. Some members of the LGBTQ community that had long gathered on the beach worried that the trendy new concessions might change the scene, and nearly 100 people joined a Take Back Riis Park group on Facebook. But last weekend, queer artist and musician Richard Kennedy threw a couple of pre-pride parties at the Bazaar to insure a “connection between all communities” — and also just to have fun. Watch our video to see how it went down.
Last time B+B faves Dead Stars graced us with a new song, it was via a music video in which they cruised from Williamsburg to Rockaway. Next Saturday you can make that same trip to see them do a free show at the new Riis Park Beach Bazaar. By way of road music, here’s their new single, “Calm Punk.” This one is a little less Lotion/Dino Jr. and little more Weezer. If you can’t catch them next week, the grunge revivalists will also be playing a bevy of local shows in the coming weeks.