12:39 pm May. 27, 2011
Each week, Capital's editors will offer a list of the events, activities, releases and personal obsessions that we are looking forward to during the next few days. Here is a list of our anticipations.
Gillian: A great way to spend this first weekend of summer is on a bike. You could go to Fort Tilden, a somewhat hidden part of the Rockaways Peninsula, where mostly bike riders bring lunches to eat on the very clean, very much less crowded beach. The ride is nice and flat through Brooklyn and there’s lush greenery to brush aside down the trailways. Afterward, you can bike to the abandoned blimp airfield, where sometimes you can catch model plane enthusiasts stretch their contraptions’ engines. If you’re not up for beach and sand, there’s all kinds of unexpected places in New York that can be reached if you have two wheels and strong legs. RidetheCity.org and Bikely.com and NYC’s Bike Map page will help you brainstorm.
Rockaway Tacos and more
Gillian: The folks behind Rockaway Taco, Andrew Field and David Selig, are opening up three food stalls along the beach boardwalk starting this weekend, according to Eater and Brooklyn Based.
At 96th Street, there will be an expanded version of the original taco stand, with their signature tacos, piled high with veggies and topings, along with tortas, ceviches, and salads. Motorboat & the Big Banana; a new spot run by Jean Adamson, a co-owner of Vinegar Hill House, and Lindsay Robinson, formerly of Diner and Bonita; will be right next door, serving up fries, fish and chocolate-covered bananas that have been rolled in crushed pretzels, peanut, toffee, and other toppings. Veggie Island, the organic produce shack run by chef Guy Jones, will also be next door, offering breakfast fare and smoothies and Babycakes will sell their signature vegan goodies.
At 86th Street, the guys from hot Bushwick pizza spot Roberta's are opening Rippers a burgers and hotdogs joint, featuring goods from the Meat Hook, as well as a quinoa black bean burger. There's also a “surfer’s breakfast” for the early risers.
And at 106th Street, you’ll be able to get your caffeine fix from Blue Bottle Coffee baristas, and the folks at Caracas Arepas will offer their delicious arepas and fried plantains.
Local beers in a can
Gillian: Local brewmasters seem to be taking a shine to beer cans these days. Last week, Brooklyn Brewery threw some summer "CANibalization" parties in their neighborhood to celebrate the coming out of their Summer Ale in cans. Now, starting this weekend, Sixpoint will unload six-packs and cases of 16-ounce cans of Sweet Action, Bengali Tiger I.P.A., Righteous Ale, and The Crisp in bars, delis and markets across the city. It was previously an on tap-only local craft beer, so beerios are psyched about this development. Sixpoint brewmaster Shane Welch told Serious Eats that cans are the way to go over bottles because: “For one thing, the beer is filled to the top while the lid is stamped on under pressure, so the beer is generally fresher than in bottles where a pocket of air still exists," he said. "As a result, the dissolved oxygen levels which create stale flavors in bottled beer are usually in higher concentration in bottles versus cans. Additionally, cans are impenetrable to ambient light unlike clear or tinted glass bottles.” Huh! Might host a tasting test at one of the B.B.Q.s this weekend.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Tom: I am very late to this, I know. And I disagree with Choire Sicha, who doesn't like the Harry Potter books. I liked them! (Though I like both The Bartimaeus Trilogy and the Dark is Rising sequence better.) But that does not mean, I don't think, that I will disagree with him about the book I am going to get to read this weekend: I'm finally getting around to Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games; I hope in a back yard. I got a copy for my birthday or else it never would have happened, but it's one of those things that just finally has landed with me after about 20 recommendations. Choire doesn't know if it makes him stupider or smarter to read these books; I sorta think anything that occupies my mind for two hours and is not broadcast by HGTV is a net gain for my brain.
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