Not only has Greta Gerwig unleashed a new clip from her forthcoming movie with Noah Baumbach, Mistress America (out Aug. 14), but she just unveiled the lineup of the outdoor film series she curated for The Palms in Rockaway. Among the flicks that will be screened inside of the new palm-tree oasis at Beach 96th and Rockaway Beach Boulevard are Last Days of Disco (starring kindred “it” girl Chloe Sevigny, Aug. 9), Woody Allen’s Broadway Danny Rose (Aug. 16), Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing (Aug. 30), and The Landlord (Aug. 23).
the summer shift
Rockaway Taco’s temporary replacement, The Summer Shift, isn’t the only change of scenery on Beach 96th Street. Where Veggie Island once stood, a new endeavor is serving up breakfast burritos and a pita/taco hybrid that may just ease the disappointment of those in search of Rockaway Taco’s Baja-style goodness.
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).