10 Things to Do Around NYC Before Summer Ends

image via brooklynflea

image via brooklynflea

“I can’t believe it’s already August!” -everyone and their mom this week. Though I won’t miss 100 degree temps and feeling like I’m swimming through the air, it’s true, summer’s winding down and it’s depressing. I know it’s been hot AF and a struggle, but you need to get out while you can people. If Game of Thrones taught us anything it’s: winter is coming and it ain’t gonna be pretty.

If you live in the NYC area or are visiting, try adding these to your to do list:

Brooklyn Flea- Whether you opt for the Saturday in Williamsburg or Sunday in Dumbo location, this one is a must. There are countless vendors selling everything from antiques, art, furniture, decor, vintage clothing, accessories, jewelry, pottery, etc. It’s the best flea around and I’ve never left empty handed. The prices are fair and it’s just a really good atmosphere. Added bonus- there’s plenty of food and alcohol to go round. If you choose the Dumbo location, walk the Brooklyn Bridge- the flea market is just a short five minute walk from the end. After you’ve spent some time scoring some goods, grab food from one of the vendors and walk over to Brooklyn Bridge Park, pop a squat, and enjoy the incredible views. 

Smorgasburg- This food market on steroids is set up on the Williamsburg Waterfront Saturdays and Prospect Park on Sundays with over 100 bomb vendors. Come hungry, you’re going to want to try it all. 

Picnic in Central Park- One of the ultimate NYC classics, this one never gets old. Bring a blanket, your favorite rosé, pick up some sandwiches at Zabar’s, and have yourself a day.

Walk the Highline- I know this is a total tourist trap but I don’t care...it’s beautiful and worth it. Even though every day is Saturday in NYC, try going during the week to avoid next level crowds. If you’re lucky enough to score a wooden lawn chair, whip out a good book and savor it...or just good old fashioned people watch. 

Washington Square Park- The world famous arch- check, fountains- check, a dog park- check, public bathrooms- check, potential to see a live jazz band perform for free- check, trees offering bountiful shade- check. WSP will always be one of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday in the summer. 

Surf City in Jersey City- There’s something to be said for feeling beachy in the middle of a city. There’s sand, fruity frozen drinks, the smell of salty air oddly emanating from the river, boats, lobster rolls, good music, and an overall laid back vibe you usually only find at the shore.  

Rooftop Cinema Club- Truth be told, I’ve never been to an outdoor theater and I feel less than for this notion. Between the city skyline and this lineup, you’re bound to have an unforgettable night.

Broken Shaker Rooftop- Anything that originated in Miami is fine by me and bound be fun AF. This rooftop bar is located in the aesthetically pleasing Freehand Hotel

Go to a Yankee game- Is there anything more summer-y than an old school ball game? Sure I don’t know wtf is going on- but it’s an experience. Good friends, beer, fattening salty foods, people yelling, it’s a whole vibe that screams carefree summer fun.

Catch an outdoor concert somehow, someway- Thrillist is always helpful for tracking them down. Added perk- they’re usually free.