Welcome to the last month of summer. My, where did it go? For many of these recurring summer events, you have six weekends or less to cram them in. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Fri. 08/02 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sat. 08/03 | 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun. 08/04 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
After its super–successful debut last year, the annual Super(Duper)Market is back and ready to celebrate the best artisanal food-makers from across the country. The three-day pop-up super-store will feature some of PAPER magazine’s favorite East Coast, West Coast and between-coast food vendors selling their super-delicious products, including 20 from Brooklyn and seven from Manhattan, plus Detroit, New Orleans and more. Expect to leave with a lot of locally-sourced, handmade goodies and a full belly.
268 Mulberry St. | Manhattan
Cash and credit both accepted. More info at their website.
Select Summer Fridays
Fri. 08/02 | 3 – 8 p.m. at The Standard Rooftop
No reason to stay at the office past three on Friday. Head to the Meatpacking and wear your heels for the other hot Friday afternoon rooftop party with a front row view of the sunset, astroturf and a crepe shack. Can’t make it? Le Bain has a Sunday party, too, called Été D’Amour.
848 Washington St., Le Bain entrance | Manhattan
Through 09/07 @ South Street Seaport
Pop-up retail containers with up-and-coming retailers, Smorgasbar with local food and beverage purveyors curated by the Brooklyn Flea, a weekly outdoor film series called Front Row Cinema, more retailers with artisinal goods–including retailers displaced by Sandy–inside Pier 17 and in kiosks along the cobblestones streets, tons of music festivals and performances, and curated art exhibits will all be at the South Street Seaport this summer.
See all the events here.
Every Sat. and Sun. | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. @ A “great big parking lot,” 46th Avenue and 5th Street | Long Island City, Queens
A dude once told me that he thinks Long Island City will be the next Williamsburg. Debatable, but the second step toward hipster domination (PS1 Warm Up being the first, see below) has already arrived: a weekly flea market. Great eats (it is Queens), local vendors and artists, and a ridiculous view of the Manhattan skyline await.
Nearest address to Google map it is 5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City.
More info at LICFlea.com
PS1 Warm Up
Sat. 08/03 | 3 – 9 p.m. @ PS1
In addition to wading pools, a sustainably-made party wall, cocktails and beer, ceviche, corn dogs, high-concept electronic music, and a dance floor, there’s an artist colony with a hydroponic system, and several art exhibits inside in the air conditioning that reference ecological challenges. Never have you been to such an intellectual dance party.
$15 in advance, $18 day of. Doors open at noon, but arriving around 2 is fine.
22-25 Jackson Ave. at the intersection of 46th Ave. | Queens
See the lineup and get tickets at PS1’s website.
LIC Block Party
Sat. 08/03 | 12 – 5 p.m. @ Sculpture Center
You know what? Just see if you have a friend’s place to crash at in LIC this weekend, because you’re not leaving. The LIC Block Party features artist-led activities, live music and performances, an artists’ market showcasing affordable and functional art and objects, and food from local restaurants including the Burger Garage, LIC Market, Manducatis Rustica, Sage General Store, and Soho Snacks. Other cool stuff: coffee ground readings and donut-making.
Purves St. at Jackson Ave. and 43rd Ave.
Every Sat. and Sun. | 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. @ Governor’s Island
Do you miss your college campus, with it’s lawns, brick houses and protection from the real world? Then ferry out to Governor’s Island, a car-free place south of FiDi with a composting education center, mini golf course, bikes for rent, handmade craft market, innovative architecture exhibit, collaborative art projects, and historic tours. Right now there is an amazing vintage Parisian carnival going on.
Free ferries depart from the Battery Maritime Building in the Financial District and from Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 every half hour. See the calendar of events.
Every Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. @ Williamsburg Flea and Fort Greene Flea
If you are going to attend this weekly festival of Brooklyn-made food, I suggest you bring four friends, walkie talkies, and cash so you can split up and attack the stalls, and then share your findings. And then come back at least a few more times this summer, because there is just way too much food here.
Saturday at 176 Lafayette Ave. btw. Clermont + Vanderbilt Ave. | Brooklyn
Sunday at East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave at N. 7 St. (No dogs!) | Brooklyn
Find out more info and drool over the food vendors at smorgasburg.com
Sat. 08/03 | 8 – 9:30 a.m. @ Van Cortlandt Nature Center | Bronx
12 – 3 p.m. @ Rockaway Beach Boardwalk | Brooklyn
It’s time you use those binoculars for their intended purpose, instead of creeping on the rich couple across the way. Zen out in nature by discovering birds other than pigeons. Bonus: This week there’s a special event featuring the endangered plover at Rockaway. Go for the birds, stay for the sand and beer.
Build It by Dawn
Sat. 08/03 | 10 p.m. – 5 a.m. @ 35 Bendel Street | Brooklyn
Look, I’m not saying, exactly, that the guy throwing this new party is the same who threw the epic second party in this story. I’m just saying that if you wanted to have a night like that, with fall-down-on-your-knees music and shenanigans, this could be a good way to do it. Also, there are 11,000 people on the Facebook invitation. Yeah.
Through 09/08 @ New York Botanical Garden
This whole plant-based beauty fad? Not new. Discover how cultures around the world rely on plants for everything from medicine to cosmetics in a stunning re-creation of an Italian Renaissance garden and interactive stations highlighting the rejuvenating and healing powers of tea, cacao, and tropical juices.
2900 Southern Blvd | Bronx. Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. $20, buy tickets here.
Every day @ Everywhere in NYC
Sidetour is a place to find a dizzying array of NYC experiences by eclectic experts. Want to go tubing down to a microbrewery? Go foraging in a city park? Go on a bicycle brunch crawl? Go sailing and taste artisan cocktails on said sailboat? Explore Brooklyn’s waterfront ‘hoods by bicycle? You had better sign up fast, because this stuff sells out.
Outdoor Photography Hike
Sat. 08/03 | 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. @ NY Wilderness
It’s not called the Hudson River School of art for a reason. Do it justice by learning landscape photography from a professional while hiking up the mountainside.
$139 per person (must be at least 2 people). Meeting point is Eastern Mountain Sports Upper West (Broadway/76th). More info and tickets here.
Volunteer at Prospect Park
Sun. 08/03 | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. @ Parkside and Ocean Ave.
Get your hands dirty and sweat out your hangover at Prospect Park. You can show up alone, or preregister with a group of other crazies who also want to be up at 10 a.m. on a Sunday.
Meet at Parkside and Ocean Ave | Brooklyn. More info at Weekend Volunteer Corps website.
National Farmers Market Week
Sun. 08/04 – 08/03 @ your local farmer’s market
It’s National Farmer’s Market week! Support your local farmers who work so hard to feed you, and go grab an heirloom tomato, duck, scallops, a gluten-free muffin or something else scrumptious. Just because.
First and third Sundays | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. @ Grand Army Plaza | Brooklyn
Not too much. Way too much. Mostly plants. Whatever you want … at this weekend’s food truck rally. Some of my sustainable faves will be there, like Mexicue, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Rickshaw, COOLHAUS, TAIM MOBILE, Green Pirate Juice Truck, Kelvin Slush, Van Leeuwen, Kimchi Taco Truck, Wafels & Dinges and more.
Sun. 08/03| 3 p.m. – late @ Playland
The bumpin’ summer party is at the beach again this weekend, but at a new venue, Playland. (Pictures here of this venue, which seems to be as if Coney Island and Sleep No More had a baby.) So bring your sexiest bikini fit for dancing. Just read this guide to partying first.
97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd. | Rockaway, Queens
Sun. 08/04 | 3 – 9 p.m. @ Gowanus Grove
Sangria, Brooklyn Beer, one or two food trucks, a dance floor, a DJ, trees, picnic benches, good people. Music skews disco-y. You must go before you die. (Especially since this is the last year Gowanus Grove will be an existence before it falls to developers.) This Sunday it’s just Eamon on the table while Justin jets off to Chicago. Not that we’re complaining–Eamon can handle it.
400 Carroll St. between Bond and Nevins | Brooklyn. $10-$15
HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival
Mondays through 08/19 | Sunset @ Bryant Park
Going home after work during the summer is just not done. Instead, pack a blanket, cheese and some wine hidden inside an innocuous reusable water bottle and plunk yourself down in Bryant Park for a movie. This Monday it’s Norma Rae.
Bryant Park lawn opens at 5 p.m. for blankets and picnicking, and movies start around sunset, typically around 8:30 p.m. Schedule here.
Tue. 08/06 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. @ Rodney Park | Williamsburg
Got a little tree outside your apartment that needs some TLC, and have nothing to do on a week day? Do something useful with your life besides conceptual art and learn how to identify and help water and care for the 80,000 new street trees that have been planted across New York City.
286 South 3rd Street | Brooklyn