NY*Confidential What's On: The Rockaway Edition


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Greetings, NYConfidants!

Beaches are a double-edged sward, especially beaches near the city. You take the crowded train, finally relax (four hours later) and before you know it, the day is done and it's time to return to your overpriced Brooklyn co-op with no yard.

Not anymore. Just as with Governor's Island, overnight beach service has arrived: Camp Rockaway. Officially, Camp Rockaway is glamping, not camping. For $200, there is a bed, (permits come with), solar-powered showers and a large shared bathroom among a 12-tent campsite, set directly off the Jacob Riis Park promenade. It beats the National Parks Service’s campsites at Floyd Bennett Field, two miles away from the beach. But those sites are $30/night.

If you want to stay in the city, though, check out
Jay Myself, which Documents the monumental move of artist, Jay Maisel, from his home: the 36,000 square-foot, 100-year-old landmark building known simply as "The Bank. Or the New York Adventure Club had plenty of happenings, from the Greenwood Cemetery Twilight Tour to a tour of the East River, From General Slocum Disaster to Abandoned Islands. And if you're up for baseball or soccer, this is your weekend, with many home games.

And runners or a fan of runners, listen to my take on running marathons in the Middle East on the podcast, Chill Track Friday. Shameless Plug.

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Learn how the lips and the hair are painted on the president in a behind the scenes tour with one Madame Tussauds’ most experienced staff members. Or you could just visit the White House.


Comic Culture Prime: Discover the roots of LGBTQ+ characters in comic strips and animation, from pre-Hollywood and pre-code comics to the groundbreaking works. Bronx Museum of the Arts, 16 August.

Inside the Museum of the American Gangster & 1920s Speakeasy: A late night tour of one of NYC’s most notorious Prohibition-era speakeasies, Scheib’s Place. Museum of the American Gangster, 16 August.

Behind-the-Scenes @ Eclectic Props, Film & TV Prop Company: An exclusive tour of Eclectic/Encore Props, New York City’s largest collections of things in movies. Eclectic/Encore Properties, Queens, 16 August.

Tour of the Loew's Valencia, NYC's First "Wonder Theatre": Wedged between a tiny linen store and discount clothing outlet in the heart of Jamaica, one of the most impressive architectural masterpieces in all of New York. Tabernacle of Prayer for All People, Queens, 17 August.

Private Flying Trapeze Class @ Circus WarehouseA private Flying Trapeze class by grads of Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey, Cirque du Soleil, and Hamid Circus. Circus Warehouse, Queens, 17 August. 

Exploring the Barrow Mansion & Oldest Public Bowling Alley in U.S.Exclusive tour at a house that tells the story of multiple generations of people who came to Jersey City... and bowled. The Barrow Mansion, Jersey City, 18 August.

She has been called America’s “Poet Laureate of Adulthood” by NPR. Come experience Mitski at Central Park SummerStage on 7 September.


Guster: 8 Aug., Central Park SummerStage

The Smashing Pumpkins: 9 Aug., Jones Beach Theater @ Wantagh, NY

My Morning Jacket: 10 Aug., Forest Hills Stadium

Beck + Spoon: 17 Aug., Forest Hills Stadium

Tame Impala: 21 Aug., Madison Square Garden

Future Islands: 31 Aug., White Eagle Hall, Jersey City


The Bronx Open Professional tennis returns to the Bronx this summer to benefit the NYJTL. Includes Johanna Konta, Danielle Collins, Camila Giorgi and Alize Cornet. Cary Leeds Tennis Center, Crotona Park, 16-24 August, Free.

New York City Football Club (Yankee Stadium)

v. Columbus Crew: 21 August, 7pm

v. New York Red Bulls: 24 August, 7pm

v. New England Revolution: 17 August, 7pm

v. Colorado Rapids: 31 August, 7pm

v. Washington Nationals: 9-11 August, 7pm, 7pm, 1pm

v. Cleveland Indians: 20-22 August, 7pm

v. Atlanta Braves: 23-25 August, 7pm, 7pm, 12pm

v. Chicago Cubs: 27-29 August, 7pm

Forced together by a computer error, freewheeling Tom and uptight Wendy do their best to ruin each other’s vacations. But the bright lights of Vegas might just convince them to take a chance in Two’s A Crowd, now at 59E59.


Measure for Measure: Shakespeare’s strikingly current play speaks powerfully #MeToo in the story of the devout novice Isabella, whose faith is tested when her brother is sentenced to death for impregnating Juliet out of wedlock. When the outwardly virtuous leader Angelo propositions Isabella in exchange for his release, she must consider whether upholding her holy vows is worth her innocent brother’s life. The Duke, 209 W 42nd Street, through 24 August, from $35.

Lady Fest: Features new work by some of the most exciting lady and gender non-conforming artists in New York — in celebration of womanhood and the female voice, in all its glory. The Tank, 312 West 36th Street, 1st Floor, through 28 August, from $15.

Midsummer, A Banquet: Takes a page from the royal wedding for Theseus and Hippolyta, serving audiences a multi-course tasting menu spanning the royal rehearsal dinner to the celebratory wedding feast. Emilie Baltz will create the menu. Cafe Fae, 827 Broadway, New York, through 7 September, from $75.

Little Gem: One year can bring extraordinary change; just ask Amber, Lorraine and Kay, three generations of North Dublin women who find themselves suddenly facing the unexpected. Young Amber’s case of indigestion grows into something more, while her mother Lorraine discovers salsa dancing and Grandmother Kay, struggles to take care of a personal itch while adjusting to life as a caretaker for her beloved Gem. The Irish Rep, 132 West 22nd Street, through 8 September, from $70.

Betrayal: With poetic precision, rich humour and an extraordinary emotional force, Betrayal charts a compelling seven-year romance, thrillingly captured in reverse chronological order. Considered to be greatest and most moving of Pinter’s work. Bernard B. Jacobs Theater, 242 West 42 Street, through 8 December, from $25.


The Way She Spoke: An actress enters a theater, picks up a script, and begins to read. The story that unfolds details disturbing and haunting accounts of the murder of thousands of women in Juarez, Mexico and one playwright’s journey of discovery and responsibility. As lines blur between theatricality and reality, intense and provocative questions are raised. Minetta Lane, 18 Minetta Lane, through 18 August, from $23.

Native Son: In the South Side Chicago of the 1930s, Bigger Thomas struggles to create a place for himself in a world whose prejudice has left him with few opportunities. After taking a job in a wealthy white man's house, he unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Duke on 42nd, 229 West 42nd Street, through 24 August, from $35.

Two’s A Crowd: They say opposites attract. They haven’t met Tom and Wendy. Forced together by a computer error, freewheeling Tom and uptight Wendy do their best to ruin each other’s vacations. But the bright lights of Vegas might just convince them to take a chance. 50E59, 59 East 59th Street, through 25 August, from $60.

The High Line has installed eight international artists to set up their easels and work En Plein Air ~ in an artistic dialogue with the surrounding landscape. Through March 2020.


The Fletcher Family, A Lifetimes in Surf: The legendary Fletcher family has been an institution in surf and skate culture for decades, with an influence that extends to the worlds of fashion, music, streetwear, and art. Now, Gagosian shows surfing’s first family”. Gagosian, 976 Madison Ave., through 30 August, Free.

Ford Foundation, Radical Love: Through the theme of Utopian Imagination, the trilogy of exhibitions in the gallery's inaugural year create a trajectory toward a more just future. The works in Radical Love are grounded in ideas of devotion, abundance, and beauty; here, otherness and marginality is celebrated, adorned, and revered. Ford Foundation Gallery, 320 E 43rd St, through 17 August, Free.

Mid-Century Master: The Photography of Alfred Eisenstaedt: With his acumen for capturing larger-than-life personalities in genuine moments, Eisenstaedt was the perfect photographer for Marjorie Merriweather Post. Featuring nearly 50 Eisenstaedt photographs and ephemera from his career in photojournalism. Hillwood Estate, 4155 Linnean Avenue, Washington, DC, through 12 January, $18 suggested.

Among Others, Photography and the Group: Explores how photographers have represented the bonds uniting people, whether in group portraits or in serial imagery. Features anything from the royals of Germany and England at a wedding in 1894, to carnival strippers. The Morgan Library and Museum, 225 Madison Avenue, though 18 August, from $25.

The Voice of the Village: Fred W. McDarrah Photographs: Examines New York City from the tumultuous 1960s to the dawn of the 1970s through the lens of photographer Fred W. McDarrah. A curious, knowledgeable, and indefatigable photographer for The Village Voice. Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., through 1 December 2019, from $20.

En Plein Air: Through the participation of an international group of artists, En Plein Air challenges the kinds of work traditionally associated with public art—sculptures and murals—by presenting freestanding, outdoor paintings that can be viewed in the round and in dialogue with the surrounding landscapes. The High Line Park, through March 2020, Free.

Robert Indiana Retrospective: A new exhibition of three monumental sculptures by Robert Indiana (1928-2018) — each an iteration of Indiana’s iconic LOVE series, articulated in three languages: English, Spanish, and Hebrew, or LOVEAMOR, and AHAVA. It is the first significant exhibition of Indiana’s sculpture since his death. Kasmin Sculpture Garden, 509 West 27th Street, through September, Free.


Liz Johnson Artur, Dusha: Journey through intimate photographs by this Ghanaian Russian artist who, for the past thirty years, has captured the beauty and distinctiveness of Black love, family, and friendship across the African diaspora. Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, through 18 August, $16 suggested.

Grandfather: A Pioneer Like Us: Re-creates a show that Swiss curator-as-auteur Harald Szeemann (1933-2005) mounted at his home, in Bern, in 1974. About 1,200 objects, cunningly arrayed, document the life and work of Szeemann’s paternal grandfather, Étienne, who was a hairdresser. Most of the items vary from furniture, family photographs, a lethal-looking early permanent-wave apparatus to advertisements and no end of tchotchkes. Swiss Institute, 38 St. Marks Place, through 18 August, Free.

For more than 20 years, hipsters walking along the Bowery have wondered about what is to become of ‘The Bank’ and its occupant, Jay Maisel, eccentric filmmaker extraordinaire. See Jay Myself.


Cold Case Hammarskjold: Danish director Mads Brügger and Swedish private investigator Göran Bjorkdahl are trying to solve the mysterious death of Dag Hammarskjöld. As their investigation closes in, they discover a crime with even farther reaching consequences. IFC Center, West Village.

After the Wedding: Isabel has dedicated her life to working with the children in an orphanage in Calcutta. Theresa is the multimillionaire head of a media company. When word comes to Isabel of a mysterious and generous grant for the financially struggling orphanage, she must travel to New York to meet the benefactor--Theresa--in person. Angelika, West Village.

The Peanut Butter Falcon: Zak, a young man with Down syndrome, runs away from a residential nursing home to follow his dream of attending the professional wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck. A strange turn of events pairs him on the road with Tyler, a small time outlaw on the run, who becomes Zak's unlikely coach and ally. Angelika, West Village.

Luce: When star student, Luce, an adoptee from Eritrea, is assigned to write an essay in the voice of a historical 20th-century figure, Luce turns in a paper that makes an alarming statement. Worried about her star pupil, Harriet, his teacher, searches his locker and finds something that confirms her worst fears. Angelika, West Village.

One Child Nation: China's One Child Policy, the extreme population control measure that made it illegal for couples to have more than one child, may have ended in 2015, but the process of dealing with the trauma of its brutal enforcement is only just beginning. Film Forum, SoHo.

Jay Myself: Documents the monumental move of renowned photographer and artist, Jay Maisel, who, in February 2015 after forty-eight years, begrudgingly sold his home--the 36,000 square-foot, 100-year-old landmark building in Manhattan known simply as "The Bank." Film Forum, SoHo.

Tel Aviv on Fire: Salam, a charming 30-year-old Palestinian living in Jerusalem, works as a trainee on the Palestinian popular soap opera "Tel Aviv on Fire", produced in Ramallah. Every day, to reach the TV studios, Salam has to go through a rather difficult Israeli checkpoint and a guard whose wife loves the show. Quad Cinema, West Village.

Love, Antosha: From a prolific career in film and television, Anton Yelchin left an indelible legacy as an actor. Through his journals and other writings, his photography and interviews, this film looks not just at Anton's impressive career, but at a broader portrait of the man. Quad Cinema, West Village.

This is Not Berlin: 1986. Mexico City. Seventeen-year-old Carlos doesn't fit in anywhere: not in his family nor with the friends he has chosen in school. But everything changes when he is invited to a mythical nightclub where he discovers the underground nightlife scene: post punk, sexual liberty, and drugs. IFC Center, West Village.

The Nightingale: During the colonization of Australia in 1825, Clare , a 21-year-old Irish convict, has served her 7-year sentence and is desperate to be free of her abusive master, Lieutenant Hawkins. She becomes the victim of a harrowing crime, and when British authorities fail to deliver justice, she enlists the help of a young Aboriginal tracker Billy to seek it for herself. IFC Center, West Village.