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Governors Island has become an essential part of the NYC summer experience, not mention a delightful part of same. The drawbridge lowers this weekend.

Brian Brooks Moving Company, Jodie Gates, Peter Quanz, BodyTraffic, and Gallim Dance are part of the Gotham Dance Festival, 5/30-6/10, at the Joyce.

The self-titled album by The Lumineers, released last month, sings, hand-claps, and ho-heys its way onto your favorites playlist. They're at SummerStage, with Old Crow Medicine Show and The Milk Carton Kids, August 6, not sold out yet, but it will be. $35

art Yes, there are jars of preserved marine life but just forget about Damien Hirst for the moment. Brandon Ballengée is both an artist and a biologist and he's got something on his mind beyond shock value. His powerful show at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, 31 Mercer [Grand/Canal] 212.226.3232, Collapse: The Cry of Silent Forms, includes a mixed-media installation of 26,162 preserved specimens representing 370 species, reminding us of the ecological degradation of marine habitats.

movie Oslo, August 31st, opening tomorrow at IFC, directed by Joachim Trier (a cousin of Lars von Trier), is the story (originally a 1930s novel and then a 1963 Louis Malle film) about a man in his thirties, nearly finished with drug rehab, on a day trip to the title city for a job interview and to see friends. Existential questions thread through the course of an ordinary, anything-but-ordinary day. An elegy written in a city cafe.

wine We're fans of Long Island wines (if not their prices), less persuaded by some of the state's other wines. How's AOC Brooklyn going? Find out on Thursday, June 7, when Brooklyn Winery releases a new collection of housemade wines, including Riesling, Chardonnay, a Zin rosé, Pinot Noir, and an Orange Chardonnay, which isn't a thing, as far as we know, though there's an area in Australia called Orange that produces Chardonnay. They're also introducing wine growlers. [Photo: Rima Campbell]

books Photographer and pilot Alex MacLean has a new book out, Up on the Roof: New York's Hidden Skyline Spaces, that shows parts of New York we'd never seen before. Two of the images:

Midtown (from 2010)

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