6 Things New Yorkers Are Talking About Right Now
Currently on tap: a futuristic art gallery, a long-awaited indie bookstore and a music festival that may or may not happen. New York, you’re nothing if not full of surprises.
More Like Wood-stuck, amirite?
You may have heard about the much-hyped music festival scheduled for this August, timed for the 50th anniversary of the original 1969 gathering and boasting a lineup that includes Jay-Z and Miley Cyrus. You also may have heard that a major financial backer pulled out and announced the whole thing was canceled. But the organizers insist that it’s still on. So basically…nobody really knows what the deal is. We’re either in for an epic event or a Fyre-level catastrophe (in which case, we look forward to the 2021 documentary). Our suggestion? Take a day trip up to the namesake town well before the chaos—it’s plenty charming on its own.
If you’re not from certain regions along the East Coast, you may have been baffled by the collective freakout that ensued when Wegmans announced its first NYC location at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, set to open in October. So we’ll let our associate food editor, Katherine Gillen, a self-proclaimed Wegmans devotee, explain it to you: “Wegmans isn’t just a grocery store...it’s an experience. It’s like walking into a grocery oasis that’s actually ten stores wrapped into one. The produce is somehow magically fresher even while the prices are affordable, the prepared foods section is actually delicious and the employees are visibly happy.” We’ll start making our grocery list now.
Everybody out of the pool (Except members)
When summer rolls around, an overheated New Yorker has a handful of ways to take a dip: Pay a day rate. Brave the crowds at a public pool. Join a fancy gym (solely for pool access). Shamelessly schmooze with anyone you meet who has a Hamptons house. A new option on the list: Sign up to join The Sentry, a brand-new rooftop pool opening Memorial Day Weekend. The private club, overlooking the East River, operates on a members-only basis, with rates starting at $1,600 for the summer. Not cheap, to be sure, but can you really put a price on urban pool access when it’s 93 and humid?
Bronx <3 Books
For years, the Bronx has been without its own general-interest bookstore—that is, until a few weeks ago, when The Lit. Bar opened its doors (on Independent Bookstore Day, no less). Owner and Bronx native Noëlle Santos actually conceived the idea years ago (in light of the imminent closure of the borough’s Barnes & Noble), and after nabbing second place in a New York Public Library start-up competition and raising thousands of dollars, her indie bookstore dream is finally a reality. Especially exciting: The shop highlights the works of women and people of color, and there’s a wine bar in back.
LET’S GET DIGITAL
The next colorful playground to take over your Instagram feed: Artechouse, a space dedicated to immersive, digital art exhibitions. (Art + tech + house… get it?) It has already launched hugely popular editions in D.C. and Miami, but the forthcoming NYC outpost (opening in August) is not to be outdone—it’ll take over the 6,000-square-foot boiler room underneath Chelsea Market, with an inaugural installation from artist Refik Anadol titled Machine Hallucination. (It uses artificial intelligence, so yeah, welcome to the future.)
Always felt like your weekend gossip-and-eggs sesh could use a little more magic? Dine like the Hogwarts kids do at The Wizard’s Brunch & Dinner, a new Harry Potter–inspired experience coming to Pier 60 on August 17 and 18. You’ll be treated to a three-course meal plus performances, trivia and live music—and dressing in costume is encouraged. Tickets are going fast, but the organizers are already hinting at more dates to come.