The cold snap this week only seemed to heighten the urgency to squeeze the last drops out of summer. But let’s hope the perfect breezy weather holds through this weekend, because there are plenty of rooftops and festivals that require your presence.

sample sale williamsburgEpic Brooklyn Sample Sale

Fri. 08/16 – Sun. 08/18 | 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. @ Swords Smith

The hot new Williamsburg store Swords-Smith is teaming up with In God We Trust to hold a huge sample sale this weekend, featuring up to 90% off on sustainable and independent designers like Titania Inglis, Feral Childe, Samantha Pleet, Upstate, Suzanne Rae, H. Fredrikkson, and Dusen Dusen. This girl right here will be camping on the sidewalk ahead of it opening.

98 S. 4th Street | Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Summer FridaysSelect Summer Fridays

Fri. 08/16 | 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, and last week it was a banger.

848 Washington St., Le Bain entrance | Manhattan

Free. Sign up for the Facebook event. 

gowanusDive In Gowanus

Fri. 08/16 @ Gowanus

Gowanus is decreasingly associated with a putrid canal, and increasingly with good food. Get a taste and do good tonight by patronizing a participating restaurant in the hood, such as applewoodCrop to Cup CoffeeDinosaur BBQNightingale 9The PinesRose WaterSeersuckerSouthside Coffee, and Terroir Park Slope! Proceeds benefit the Gowanus Canal Conservancy.

More info at Gowanus Canal Conservancy website. 

streetsSummer Streets

Sat. 08/17 | 7 a.m. – 1 p.m @ Park Ave. and Lafayette Street | Manhattan 

Last weekend, last chance! Grab your bike (or your rollerblades, I’m only judging a little) and take to the streets that are mercifully free of cabbies. Rest stops featuring live performances, food, free workout classes from Crossfit, zip lines, free bike rentals, parkour(!) demonstrations, and the crazy “Voice Tunnel” experiential artwork make it more than just a normal bike ride.

Look at the map of rest stops and find out the activities at the Summer Streets website.

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Through 09/07  @ South Street Seaport

I swung by this pop-up experience a couple weekends ago and I can report that it’s worth a visit sometime this summer, but won’t take up your entire day. 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. 

lic-wemeLIC Flea

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


PS1 Warm Up

Sat. 08/10 | 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. Hint: Buy a ticket ahead of time and you can skip the long-ass line. 

$15 in advance, $18 day of. Doors open at noon.

22-25 Jackson Ave. at the intersection of 46th Ave. | Queens

See the lineup and get tickets at PS1’s website.

This song is hilarious. The best monologue ever, even if you’re not into house. 

Jazz Age Lawn PartyGovernor’s Island

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 a vintage Parisian carnival going on that I here is quite the thing for kiddies, though cocktails for you are available. Plus, the final Jazz Age Lawn Party is this weekend! Find out how to dress for the event. 

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

birdingGo Birding

Sat. 08/17 | 8 – 9:30 a.m. @ Van Cortlandt Nature Center | Bronx

Sat. 08/17 | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. @ 50th St, Rockaway Beach | Queens

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.

More info here.

Wild MedicineWild Medicine

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. Yoli’s Green Living gives you the lowdown.

2900 Southern Blvd | Bronx. Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. $20, buy tickets here.

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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? Explore the hidden ecology of Central Park after dark? Go foraging in a city park? Go on a bicycle brunch crawl? Go on a whitewater rafting adventure?  Sidetour has all these sustainable and unique experiences, plus many more. But you had better sign up fast, because this stuff sells out.

Storm_King_KayakKayaking and Wine

08/10 | 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. 

Another sweet combination of alcohol and nature from Discover Outdoors: Learn the basics of kayaking, then kayak through beautiful views of Storm King Mountain before sipping wine on a sandy beach, with the option of going on a hike, going swimming or exploring a cave while you’re there.

$135. Departs from Upper West Side. Register here. 

tiki discoTiki Disco

Sun. 08/18 | 3 p.m. – late @ Playland Motel | Rockaways, Brooklyn

The bumpin’ summer party is at the much-buzzed-about Playland Motel again this weekend. So bring your most hipster bikini (high-wasted or with an ironic print) and sunglasses for your day trip to the beach. Just read this guide to partying first. 

97-20 Rockaway Beach | Queens

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Mister Sunday

Sun. 08/18 | 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.)

400 Carroll St. between Bond and Nevins | Brooklyn. $10-$15

Screen Shot 2013-06-13 at 2.59.40 PMProspect Food Truck Rally

First and third Sundays | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. @ Grand Army Plaza | Brooklyn

Eat food. 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, RickshawCOOLHAUS, TAIM MOBILEGreen Pirate Juice TruckKelvin SlushVan Leeuwen, Kimchi Taco Truck, Wafels & Dinges and more.

tomatoesTomato Jam

Sun. 08/18 | 6 – 8 p.m. @ The Green Table 

Celebrate the seasonal favorite at an all-tomato cocktail party at the Green Table in Chelsea Market, in collaboration with Food Systems Network NYC. The restaurant will be making dishes using greenmarket tomatoes with help from Foragers Table, Runner & Stone and Suenos NYC. Mixologists from Parish Hall will shake cocktails spiked with gin from Greenhook Ginsmiths.

The Green Table, Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave. | Manhattan


outdoor filmHBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival

Mon. 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 E.T. and it’s the last one!!! 

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. 

photo1-1024x764Sunset Yoga

Tues. 7:45 p.m. @ Brooklyn Grange Brooklyn Navy Yard Farm

Why go all the way upstate for farm yoga, when you can stay right in Brooklyn? Sarah Capua of Home Yoga New York will lead all level of practitioners in a tranquil, hour-long yoga session. Classes will be held on our spacious paved patio at dusk, so that attendees can enjoy the herb-scented breeze as the sun sets behind the Manhattan skyline. BYO Yoga mat, and please make sure you have a photo ID for entering the yard.

$16.52. Preregistration required.