We don't want to fuel the flames of widespread panic, but we just came to the realization that summer is almost over. Repeat: summer is about to come to an end. Which means that all your hopes and dreams about making this "The Summer That Ended All Summers" are about to fall flat on their faces unless you get up now and make 'em happen. Here's the list we'll be working on over the next few weeks:
Hester Street Fair
The little street fair that could, this LES street fair oft gets lost in the shadows of the mighty Brooklyn Flea/Smorgusburg hullabaloo. But it's been holding it down this summer, and is extending its hours through Labor Day weekend. The market’s stellar vendors remain, but a new setup moves the picnic tables to the center of the space to create a beer garden—with Dock’s Eatery serving brews and wine—and a dance floor so you can boogie to bands and guest DJs.
Forget the mad dash out to Long Island for a final dip in the Atlantic, we're putting a few NYC public pools into rotation for some late summer swim time. Weekdays at McCarren Park Pool are surprisingly calm. Even if you can't get into the pop-up swimming hole at the Brooklyn Bridge Park, a glass of sangria at the sandy "beach" adjacent to it is a nice way to spend an afternoon. And once we start craving actual salt water (and a little hipster elegance) we'll be jumping into the salt water pool at King & Grove Williamsburg.
Movie in Central Park
One of the shortest outdoor movie series in the city, it's quite possibly one of the most iconic simply due to location. We're grabbing out blankets and wine bladders and claiming ground in gently sloping lawn north of Sheep Meadow for this five-flick series held over five consecutive nights concluding this weekend.
Picnic on Governor's Island
Governors Island has had a lot to offer to offer this summer—bike rides, vintage French carnival rides, kayaking, a roller-skate rental truck—but for our money (which is $0 since it's free), the best thing you can do is pack a blanket and stretch out on the rolling lawn near the barracks and relax as the city swirls around you. If you do want to spend some dollars, reserve a gourmet picnic basket from Picnic in the Park and make a fancy day of it.
Hike It Or Lose It
The end of summer is one of the best times to take advantage of all the natural beauty this city keeps so well hidden from us. Explore all the green space the five boroughs offer up and stretch those legs while it's still fun to be outside of your apartment.
The end of summer means rooftop season is drawing to a close. Which means we'll be dining and drinking under the stars at rooftops like the Lounge at The Pod Hotel in Midtown, Tequila Park at the Hudson Hotel, Berry Park in Williamsburg and the Wythe Hotel. And just for good measure, we'll be doing a little above-ground camping, as well.
Hot Weather Treats
Consuming enough frozen/iced/shaved/seasonal whatevers before we hibernate for the winter is serious business. Our days are suddenly consumed by stalking the folks at People's Pop, Imperial Wood Pecker Sno Balls and the Rockaway’s Motorboat and the Big Banana and packing in all they have to offer.