According to Selig, after the trees were planted a few Jamaican-born locals started coming in the morning to water the plants, completely unbidden. He’s not sure if they’ll keep it up in winter, though. “I’m pretty sure they don’t have greenhouses in Jamaica.”
The beer-hall style seating is a shady spot for enjoying an iced coffee or green juice during the day, and ideal for the magically lit dinners that Anna Polonsky and Amy Morris, the girls behind the MP Shift, have been programming with chefs like Navy’s Camille Becerra.
Frank Traynor’s Nothing Mud Bath & Seltzer House started out as an abandoned shack upstate, then turned into a pop-up art venue in Brooklyn, and now materializes as the place to cool your heels in the local mud.
The Palms’ OCAFE stand is in love with the coco, pouring an array of icy coconut water-based drinks.
The menu also includes acai bowls and juice. Pro tip: the local liquor shops seem to deal exclusively in nibs and flasks, if you need more mean in your green.
Across the street, the Summer Shift, also programmed by Polonsky and Morris, offers a rotating cast of beachy fare cooked up by the city’s finest Latino chefs, like Becerra and Carolina Santos-Neves of Comodo, who will be there through the end of the month. And next up: El Rey’s Gerardo Gonzales.
DJ-turned-surfer May Kwok curated The Notion, a chic swimwear shop across the street from The Palms, which sells Cynthia Rowley jumpsuits, Prism bikinis, and accessories from up-and-coming designers. “Everyone’s buying jewelry,” she said.
Next to The Notion, stylist Maria Ines Prieto operates Feather, a boutique that sells summery wardrobe staples and handmade home accessories.