Okay, our post-winter PTSD is finally starting to wear off, thanks to all the booze boats, street fairs, and beach haps. As of 4 p.m. today, Nowadays, the sprawling outdoor oasis in Ridgewood, is also dispensing the cure.
A note from co-owners Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter promises that in addition to the usual ping-pong, bocce, and dirt-y dancing, there’ll be “new taps flowing, a new food truck serving up backyard barbecue fare, and we’ll bring out some listening records to set the mood on opening night.”
This season, there’ll be two new weeklies: from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays, Marcos Cabral, a fixture at Bossa Nova Civic Club who DJed our Bedford + Bowery Bazaar a few years back, will be busting out the “backyard barbecue jams.” And Cole Evelev, a disciple of the great Shuggie Otis, will be on the decks on Saturdays.
As for the main event, take note: the Mister Sunday guys say they’re “trying to keep capacity in check” during their wildly popular Sunday day-into-night parties, so tickets will only be sold in advance instead of at the door. Nowadays is pretty much in the middle of nowhereseville (although– fun fact– it’s a 15-minute walk to Harry Houdini’s grave), so don’t take your chances.
Also in the works: a Tuesday-night class series and, starting May 18, a Wednesday ping pong tournament where the winner will get a $50 bar tab. (Sign up by 7:30 p.m. at the bar.)
Nowadays, 56-06 Cooper Ave., nr. Wyckoff Ave., Ridgewood, Queens.