Your boss is too hot and sweaty to notice when you sneak off at 4 pm today. Here’s how to spend your precious summer hazy dayz:
Union Square Night Market
Fri. 06/08 | 4 to 8 pm @ Union Square
The farmers will stick around until and some of the best restaurants in the city (Back Forty/Back Forty West, Casa Mono, Jimmys No 43, Northern Spy Food Co., Print Restaurant, Rouge Tomate, Tocqueville) will serve you delicious seasonal dishes while you shop for strawberries, sugar snap peas and local honey. There will also be a beer garden where you can grab a glass of beer, wine or cider to sip on while you listen to the stylings of great Latin Jazz percussionist, Ray Mantilla. Pick up your copy of fresh-off-the-presses The New Greenmarket Cookbook. Copies are $20, with proceeds going directly to fund GrowNYC programs. In a rush? Pick up a pre-made Quinciple box filled with all the Greenmarket ingredients you need, including fresh emmer pasta, sugar snap peas, asparagus and Consider Bardwell cheese, to prepare a delicious dinner at home for only $20.
Hankering for a car-free existence, just for a few hours? Governor’s Island is back open for the season! This weekend there will be an art fair to check out, along with all the changes the city has wrought in order to improve the once abandoned island. Picnic areas are going in, giants hills are being formed. While the island isn’t entirely finished, it’s still definitely worth a visit to take in the smog-free air, rent a bike, laze on a hammock, eat some ice cream and explore all the old nooks and crannies. (Just make sure to bring your own filled reusable water bottles–there’s a rumor that water can get scarce over there on crowded weekends.)
$2 ferries run from the southern tip of Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge Park. More info, which ferries are free, and events.
Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Fri. and Sat. | 6 pm to midnight @ Greenpoint
The warehouse-turned-concert venue, shopping destination and night market continues into the new year. Bounce to live artists while you shop twee and cool local fashion and home goods. Shopping is hard work, so take breaks often to taste your way through bites from Ample Hills Creamery, Oaxaca Taqueria and more.
165 Banker St. | Greenpoint, Brooklyn | More info at bkbazaar.com
Sat. 11 am to 6 pm @ East River State Park and Sun. 11 am to 6 pm at Brooklyn Bridge Park
Take in the good weather, the view of Manhattan, and sample from dozens of Brooklyn-based food artisans, from brisket to bulgogi and Burmese noodles, to phatty beet sliders, fish and chips and farm-fresh ice cream. Nearby at 40 Kent street, you’ll find a huge selection of vintage and handmade clothing and home decor at the Brooklyn Flea.
Kent and North 7th, Williamsburg | Pier 5, Dumbo | Open rain or shine | More info
Hester Street Fair
Sat. and Sun. | 10 am to 6 pm @ Hester and Essex
A highly curated outdoor market in the Lower East Side for one-of-a-kind goods and specialty foods, this fair has everything from hand made jewelry, to vintage finds, lobster rolls, macarons, roasted nuts, sandwiches, rolls, and other baked treats and meals, all with an eye to supporting small makers and helping you discover the next big thing.
Sea Kayaking and Bald Eagle Hunting
Sun. 06/08 | 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. @ Hudson River Estuary Upstate
Recently nested just upstate of New York City, eagles are flourishing in the rich waters of the Hudson. Your experienced guide will lead you under the trees where eagles prefer to perch. You’ll learn the basics of kayaking, and head north along the west shore through Cornwall Bay, paddle into Moodna Marsh and explore the “Hudson River Back Country”. As you paddle out of the marsh keep your eyes open for bald eagles, osprey and herons. You’ll finish by paddling back to Cornwall to enjoy an amazing view of the Hudson Highlands.
$129 per person. Departs from Union Square. Register here.
Farm-to-Farm Table Linner
Sun. 06/08 | 3 pm @ Brooklyn Grange
Clearly, your food travelling 15 miles is much too far for your locavore taste. The monthly Butcher Paper Dinner series at the Brooklyn Grange goes hardcore locavore, feeding you on an acre of rooftop farmland overlooking the Manhattan skyline at that sweet spot between lunch and dinner. This Sunday, the series continues with a fried chicken meal, brought to you by the people behind Pies & Thighs. A massive communal table will be piled high with chicken, biscuits, cornbread, corn on the cob, salad, pickles and seasonal fruit pie, accompanied by beer from Queens Brewery and music from DJ Neil Sugarman, co-owner of Daptone Records. If fried bird isn’t your style, check out the upcoming crab boil from chef Will Horowitz of Duck’s Eatery, a giant sandwich dinner from the folks at M. Wells, and a rooftop ribfest brought to you by Briskettown.
37-18 Northern Blvd, Long Island City, Queens | Tickets are $80.
Sun. 06/08 | 3 to 9 pm @ Industry City
This has got to be the most chill and fun party by a pair of socially conscious DJs. After losing their Gowanus space last year, Justin and Eamon have moved to a new outdoor spot, Industry City, to continue the party. Sip Brooklyn-brewed beers, Limonata, sangria, Mexican coke and other libations, eat Mexican food from Country Boys while you dance to disco-house music under the setting sun. No photos or cigs or texting on the dance floor, thank God. But dogs are allowed on a leash! Part of the proceeds go to charity.
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Gin Distillery Tour
Thurs. 06/12 | 6:30 pm
The denizens of Williamsburg have been waiting with baited breath for the first products to come out of the tiny distillery by The Shanty. The wait is almost over, but you can get a VIP early view during a distillery tour and tasting, guided by the good people of the Williamsburg store Vine Wine. It comes with one complimentary bottle of either the Perry’s Tot or the Navy Strength gin. You may even get to taste some gin fresh from the still, and sneak a peek at their barrels of rye made with New York State grains and headed out of the barrel and into stores for the first time sometime in the next year. Then you’ll head over The Shanty, their in-house bar, to enjoy some delicious craft cocktails, including the Tot & Tonic and the Hell Trouble.
616 Lorimer, Williamsburg, Brooklyn | $45 | Buy tickets here.
A Bikeable Feast
Saturdays through October (privately booked dates available) @ Williamsburg
Get Up and Ride has partnered with a local farm and professional chef to bring you the entire package of a Perfect Day in Brooklyn. The ride will show guests hidden urban parks and expansive waterfront sunset vistas from Williamsburg to Greenpoint, and will end at a tiny organic farm near the base of the Williamsburg bridge, where seasoned private chef Shane McGarvey will prepare a 4-course seasonal, local meal on the coal grill. Music playlists are curated by local music buffs. This urban excursion is perfectly suited for the adventures foodie who has seen enough of tired restaurants, and wants to take their evening to a new level of multi-sensorial appreciation. The ride commences at 135 N 11th St, covers Williamsburg and Greenpoint, and ends at dinner at a farm by the Williamsburg bridge. $140 per person: bikes, guide, food, wine, and tax all-inclusive.
Sustainable Fashion Tour
Sun. 06/22 | 12 to 3:30 @ SoHo
Join sustainable fashion expert Carmen Artiga (left) and designer Francisca Pineda of BHAVA shoes, as they explore the sustainable side to one of the most exclusive shopping districts in the world. You’ll stop in a variety of ethical and sustainable stores, get tutored in how to recognize “good” fashion, get a resource list of retailers to come back and visit, and participate in a 30 minute Q&A with Carmen and Francisca. If you’re a consumer or a designer, you’ll learn a lot about the branding and marketing of ethical and sustainable wear, and come away with some new places to shop. (I personally went on this tour and recommend it! But it sells out really quickly, to hop to it.)
Sat. 09/13 | 11 am to 6 pm @ Prospect Park
The mindful living, yoga and music festival is coming to NYC, specifically, Prospect Park! Run a quick 5k, dive into some meditation, then take an all-levels yoga class out in the sunshine, followed by a dance party. Throughout the day, grab organic and local snacks to keep yourself powered up.
$38 for a premium ticket that includes 5k | $0 for registration | $5 for carbon offset. Register and get more info here.
If there’s anything I forgot for this weekend or upcoming week, lemme know in the comments!