Andra Ursuta’s new solo exhibit is, well, a lot to swallow. “Alps,” which opened at New Museum last night, is rimmed by artificial rock-climbing walls with colorful, penis-shaped holds– some are flaccid, some are erect, all are sculpted by the Romanian-born, New York-based artist. Within the walls are cavities that, according to a press release, resemble “eye sockets as vacant as peep holes (or glory holes).”
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We’ve already gotten wind that Rockaway is getting a beer garden, surf museum and bakery, and new food vendors at Riis Park Beach Bazaar, but what about the boardwalk concessions that made the peninsula such a summer destination to begin with? We’re told that the Rockaway Beach Club will return May 20– just three weeks from now.
Inspired by trips to Hawaii, Michael Lombardozzi has opened Dromedary, a 16-seat bar that aims to be tiki without being tacky. Inside, Bushwick’s newest watering hole looks like a dilapidated old store (“in a good way,” insists the owner/“drinks guy”). The decor is “loosely based around the aesthetic of a tiki bar,” with a foam-green banquet that’s supposed to be reminiscent of palm trees, an oceanic aqua-green wall, and “little hints of Hawaiian culture,” like tiki god masks. There’s a small outdoor area for two-person tables.
For several summers now, Rockaway Brewing Co. has been a fixture at the beach. Now the budding brewery is fixing to build a beach of its own, with a sandy oasis set to open near the Ridgewood/Bushwick border. Tentatively called Playa NYC, it’s one of three major projects in the works, the other two of which will be right on the brand’s namesake peninsula.
A disco inferno is about to break out in Bushwick.
Tonight, Rinsed is launching a three-week pop-up nightclub named 3001: Odyssey – an homage to the original 2001 Odyssey club in Bay Ridge that the screenplay for Saturday Night Fever was based on – and it promises to be “a dance floor party through time and space” with “Brooklyn’s best custom sound system.”
Its awning says Second Time Around is a thrift shop, but it doesn’t have all that much clothing on its shelves, and this weekend there won’t be any on its staff, either. On Saturday night, workers at the Bushwick store will actually be figure models, performing naked as part of artist Michael Alan’s Nude Thrift Shop. They’ll be painted by the artist until the place becomes a “naked, oozing painted weirdo shop” — and to top it all off, the backyard will host “a kiddie-pool naked dance party.”
Move over, Harlem Shake, there’s a new neighborhood anthem in town. It’s called the Bushwick Stomp, a pseudo-homegrown gypsy-jazz track inspired by Friday and Saturday nights along the ‘ol L train.
Get ready to wax nostalgic.
David Selig, owner of the late, great Rockaway Taco, is working with surf instructor Fernando Pires to open a museum dedicated to the history and culture of surfing in Rockaway Beach. They’re giving a shack-like makeover to the second floor of a Victorian backhouse and stocking it with classic boards and over 500 surfing movies, magazines and memorabilia, mostly sourced from Pires’ personal collection. And that’s not all Selig is cooking up: the ground floor of the building, located on Beach 96th Street, will house a new bakery, and the adjacent tropical hideaway, The Palms, is getting a chef-driven dinner series.
Resilient underground-electronic record store Halcyon opened its fourth incarnation earlier this month, inside of Williamsburg club Output. The hybrid cafe/record shop, which launched in Carroll Gardens in 1999, took over the space previously occupied by Output’s Stilton House room and is now hosting a weekly open decks Record Party on Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. It’s described as “every vinyl diggers dream opportunity to climb behind the decks and show off their proudest finds.”
In 2011, Bushwick-based prop master Jan-Luc Van Damme began crafting the Bushwick Board Game, a Game of Life-meets-Cards Against Humanity “silly underground legend” that was never launched per se, but did land in a select few loft spaces and bars like The Levee, Brooklyn Fireproof (RIP), and Boobie Trap. Because “the hood changes so quickly,” Van Damme has updated the handmade games with new materials every year. And now, for the first time, he has introduced Bushwick Board Game 1.0 to the Apple App Store.