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New York attractions: Places on our radar

It’s worth keeping an eye out—and in some cases, your fingers crossed—for these promising New York attractions

 (Photograph of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin: Courtesy Alamo Drafthouse)
Photograph of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin: Courtesy Alamo Drafthouse

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Nitehawk Cinema will face some competition when Austin’s famed eat-and-drink movie theater opens an outpost in Brooklyn’s City Point development. Best of all: Its strict no-talking and no-texting policies will be enforced. 1 DeKalb Ave at Albee Sq, Downtown Brooklyn (drafthouse.com). Opens 2016.

 (Photograph: Alex Bershaw)
Photograph: Alex Bershaw


The rapidly expanding Williamsburg club scene will get another adrenaline shot when Verboten, longtime throwers of house and techno affairs across town, establishes a permanent space fit for 750 revelers. 60 North 11th St between Kent and Wythe Aves, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (verbotennewyork.com). Opens winter 2013–14.

 (Image: Raad Studio)
Image: Raad Studio


Even after a successful crowd-funding campaign, this proposal to build public space in an abandoned trolley terminal beneath Delancey Street is still more concept than reality. If the designers of the underground park have their way, the Lowline will open to the public in 2018. Location and opening date TBA; visit thelowline.org.

 (Image: WXY architecture + urban design)
Image: WXY architecture + urban design

Brooklyn Bridge Beach

As part of the East River Blueway Plan, an initiative to convert Manhattan’s waterfront into recreational sites, a swath of shoreline (under the famed crossing) will become downtown’s first beach. Estimated to take three years to finish, the respite will feature terraced seating and a concession stand. Sorry, kids, there’s no swimming. Location and opening date TBA; visit mbpo.org.

 (Photograph of 285 Kent: Erez Avissar and Weird Magic)
Photograph of 285 Kent: Erez Avissar and Weird Magic

Todd P’s new venue

DIY show guru Todd P—the promoter behind 285 Kent—has announced plans to revive Silent Barn’s old space. According to his site, the yet-to-be-named spot will bring “noise, avant-composition, artistic rock” and other styles to the all-ages masses. 915 Wyckoff Ave between Hancock and Weirfield Sts, Ridgewood, Queens (toddpnyc.com). Opening TBA.

 (Photograph: Courtesy Friends of the Queensway)
Photograph: Courtesy Friends of the Queensway


Taking a cue from the High Line, thousands of Queens residents have been working for approval to convert three-and-a-half miles of abandoned LIRR track (extending from Rego Park to Ozone Park) into new parkland. Location and opening date TBA; visit thequeensway.org.

 (Image: MVVA)
Image: MVVA

Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6

Pier 6 has offered seven acres of oasislike greenery since 2010, but there are more additions on the horizon: The focal point of a $21 million landscaping effort will be a 17-foot viewing platform at the water’s edge with views of downtown Manhattan. Atlantic Ave at Furman St, Brooklyn Heights (brooklynbridgepark.org). Opening TBA.

There are a ton of developments we can’t wait to see come to fruition. Some of these New York attractions could drop any minute now—the hush-hush Williamsburg club Verboten tells us they’ll open this fall or winter—while others, such as Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, won’t debut for several years.

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