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Best Bets: Week of June 29, 2015

First Look
After closing its 57th Street shop, Rizzoli will reopen in late July (1113 Broadway, nr. 25th St.) with its original bookcases, chandeliers, and Serliana arch.

Illustration by Jason Lee  

1. Events: Retractable screen, removable stage for screenings and parties.
2. Design: B Is for Bauhaus, Y Is for YouTube, by Deyan Sudjic ($25).
3. Photography: Florence Henri: Mirror of the Avant-garde, by Cristina Zelich and Susan Kismaric ($65).
4. Art-history monographs: Jean-Michel Basquiat, by Robert Farris Thompson and Renee Richard ($100).
5. Italian newspapers: The daily America Oggi ($2) and weekly La Settimana Enigmistica ($4.25).
6. Children and young adult: Night Animals, by Gianna Marino ($17).
7. Cooking: Peru: The Cookbook, by Gastón Acurio ($50).

2x2: Beach Umbrellas
Throwing shade.

Over $100:
East Hampton:
Kerry Cassill beach umbrella, $198 at
Rockaway Beach: Basil Bangs X Gray Malin, $249 at

Under $100:
East Hampton:
West Elm beach umbrella, $30 at 112 W. 18th St.
Rockaway Beach: Parasol Palapa Tiki Beach umbrella, $81 at

Ask a Shop Clerk
In May, Rachelle Dion and Heather Anne opened Sans Sucre Swimwear, an appointment-only bikini concierge service.

Illustration by Murphy Lippincott  

What’s a bikini concierge service? Tell us the size of your top (from $95) and bottom (from $75), and we come and lay out our entire mix-and-match collection. It started with us offering the service to guests at the Gansevoort Meatpacking, but we’ll also come to your home for a 20 percent fee on top of the purchase price. We assess body type, skin color, hair color—in an intimate setting, it’s easier to be honest about what will look best.

Side by Side
Two new waterside bars for when the Frying Pan is all suits.

From left: Brooklyn Barge, Swan Dive.  

Brooklyn Barge
3 Milton St., Greenpoint
Opens July 1

Drink: Pilsner and hot-sauce-spiked barg-eladas ($9) and tequila-based Greenpoint Mules ($10).
Play: 2,700 square feet of boozing space on a stationary flattop barge, plus 7,000 square feet of seating and a dock for water sports like kayaking and kids’ sailing lessons.
See: Across the East River from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Upper East Side.

Swan Dive
480 Union St., Gowanus
Drink: Grimm ($6) and Peekskill Sour ($5) beers brewed within a 50-block radius.
Play: 13,000 square feet of outdoor space with Ping-Pong, cornhole, and baby back ribs smoked by BBQ supergroup Pig Beach.
See: The canal, and, um, a Gowanus bus lot across the way.

Kid activities for grown-ups.

Slide the City.  

Laser Tag: Most Sundays this summer, the Highline Ballroom (431 W. 16th St.; 212-414-5994) transforms into Lazer Zoo, a 21-and-over laser-tag arena complete with oversize inflatable obstacles. Teams of five play five-minute games (from $15); a balcony hosts DJs and a boozy brunch.

Slip and Slide: Slide the City’s ( 1,000-foot traveling slip and slide makes its way to the tristate area this July with stops in Stamford, Secaucus, and, pending permits, Manhattan (from $15).

Arcade Games: The Riis Park Beach Bazaar (157 Rockaway Beach Blvd.) has arcade games like Ms. Pac-Man and House of Dead, alongside volleyball tournaments, roller skating, ultimate Frisbee, soccer, tennis, and pitch-and-putt (from $13).

Hide and Seek: This June, Escape Entertainment (39 W. 32nd St., fourth fl.; 646-964-5783) opened a slightly more playful take on Escape the Room where teams of up to ten have 60 minutes to escape one of three rooms: Monkey Mayhem, Prohibition Pandemonium, or Alien Attack ($30 per person).

Top Five
Eleven years after founding high-end décor brand L’Objet à la Plage, Elad Yifrach just opened his first brick-and-mortar outpost in Southampton (9 Main St.), selling his own designs alongside selections of beachy goods.

“This two-gear gold Martone bike ($1,700) has a V that flips down, so it doesn’t lean, it stands straight.”

“This set of three surfboards ($8,500) is also wall art. I love what the artist did with the Renaissance tapestry Lady and the Unicorn.

“The only jewelry I wear is Luis Morais. These bracelets (from $195) are made of vintage beads—some are cut glass and some are real gold.”

“We created these bookends ($875) by plating the bronze sculptures in gold and adding the coral cabochons that are almost like ocean bubbles.”

“The designer of these Opiary Hoodoo stacks ($2,750) plays with iron mesh, forms it, and then pours concrete over it.”


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