Take the ferry to Governor’s Island this summer for a taste of Tulum at the brand new, seasonal beach club, Gitano Island. Modeled after the flagship bar and restaurant in Mexico, Gitano Island brings the beach to NYC — complete with sand, palm trees, tropical plants, day beds, a DJ tent and a mezcal bar. And, with extended ferry hours (now running until midnight this summer), you can enjoy a sunset meal on the dining patio. Reserve a spot today.
Queens Night Market
47-01 111th St, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Saturdays, 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Inspired by the night markets across Asia, Queens offers its own take on the great tradition. Each Saturday this summer you can get a taste for street food from across the globe at a bargain price, with dishes capped at $5. So far this year, 53 food vendors have signed on to offer everything from Filipino comfort food to Indonesian desserts. There are plenty of art and retail vendors, as well as live performances, to check out, too.
NPR Tiny Desk Contest
Lena Horne Bandshell
9th Street & Prospect Park West
June 18. Doors open: 6 p.m. Show: 7 p.m.
NPR is taking its Tiny Desk Contest — which invites emerging musicians to submit a performance of an original song — on the road with a special concert showcase. Past contest winners and standouts will finish their tour with a free performance at the Prospect Park bandshell this June . Blues artist Fantastic Negrito, the contest’s inaugural victor, will headline the night, along with sets from the Seratones, Linda Diaz, and this year’s winner Alisa Amador. The show is a part of the annual BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! programming, which offers a mix of free and ticketed benefit concerts throughout the summer. Check out their website for more events.
Hélio Oiticica Exhibit
Socrates Sculpture Park
32-01 Vernon Blvd, Queens, NY
Through August 14
Socrates Sculpture Park is putting on a special exhibition for the summer, presented in collaboration with Projeto Hélio Oiticica and Americas Society. The circular structure — containing plants and image projections, creating a play of light, shadow, opacity, framing, and orientation — was first envisioned by Hélio Oiticica in 1971 as part of a series of Subterranean Tropicália Projects for Central Park. Over the course of the exhibition, Brazilian and Queer artists will activate the installation as a stage for interactive performances and workshops, bringing engaging with Oiticica’s vision from 1971 in new ways. See online for specific performance dates.
4900 Independence Avenue, Bronx, NY
Tues.-Sun. 10.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For a scenic escape from the city, you don’t need to go further than Wave Hill the Bronx. Take a stroll through the vibrant public garden overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisades. The garden offers arts, horticulture and education programs through the summer, including guided walking tours, panel discussions with artists, yoga classes, family art projects, and more. Adults are admitted for $10 while students and adults over 65 pay $6. Check the schedule for the shuttle bus for pick up/drop off from the nearby Metro North and subway stations.