fort-tilden-still-2Pop the champagne! (Discretely, of course.) We just got word from the National Parks Service that Fort Tilden beach has quietly reopened.

The Bushwickers’ Hamptons closed when Hurricane Sandy exposed its bulkheads and planted debris in the sand. There was some fear it would remain off-limits this year, but a spokesperson for the Gateway National Recreation Area now assures us all shards have been removed and the sand, though still eroded, is once again ready for teepee building.

To really get you in the mood for a summer of baking (in the sun), our comrades over at Vulture are screening Fort Tilden, the much buzzed-about film about two Brooklyn gals trying to make their way (like the rest of us) from Williamsburg to the Rockaways. After we spoke to filmmakers Charles Rogers and Sarah-Violet Bliss back in March, they clinched a Grand Jury Award at South by Southwest, and now they — along with the film’s stars Bridey Elliott and Clare McNulty — will be doing a post-screening Q&A during which beers are gratis.

The May 10 event is just one of the rad Vulture Festival happenings for which tickets are still available. Others include brunch with Rufus Wainright, a pop-culture trivia night featuring cast members of Orange Is the New Black, a viewing and discussion of The Greatest Event in Television History featuring Adam Scott and Naomi Scott, and more.