Thursday, September 3, 2015

5 WAYS TO MAKE THE MOST OF LABOR DAY IN NYC...


As I mentioned in Monday's post, I'm pretty excited to be taking a road trip up to Portland, ME for Labor Day Weekend. That's partly because Maine has been on my East Coast bucket list for quite some time, and also partly because I've spent just about every LDW since my move here in New York City.

It can be kind of depressing to think of spending your last "official but actually unofficial" weekend of summer in your own apartment. However, when your apartment is in New York, the options of how to spend this glorious 3-day weekend are actually pretty damn fabulous.

Of course, I don't think a weekend in the city must be spent entirely in the city—call me a cheater but as long as you end up back in bed in the city at night, I say it counts. And so, behold! I rounded up five activities and you-can-do-it-in-a-day trips to make your LDW memorable, 'grammable and you know, fun.

// CLICK THROUGH FOR MY BEST #LDW IDEAS // 


PICNIC & DRINKS ON THE HONORABLE WILLIAM WALL: This was my contribution to Meghan's post about summer in NYC, so I'll tell you guys what I shared with her: "One of my all-time favorite summer activities in New York is an evening aboard The Honorable William Wall. This floating clubhouse (part of The Manhattan Yacht Club) not far from Ellis Island is accessible by a fleet of motorboats that ferry out from a pier TriBeCa. $18 gets you a ride to and from the clubhouse, and once aboard, drinks are relatively inexpensive. My advice? Pack a picnic (there’s no food served) and head out in time for sunset. Grab a spot on the top deck that looks back at the NYC skyline and get tipsy while enjoying the cool breeze that can be hard to find within the sweltering city."


SEE CHINA: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS @ THE MET: This year's Costume Institute show focuses on the sartorial and historic influences of this country. The exhibit closes on September 7, so see it before it's too late! (And of course, take yourself up to the roof of the museum to take in a too-expensive cocktail and the one-of-a-kind view of Manhattan and Central Park). Oh—and if you've already seen this, why not scope out the new Whitney Museum in the Meatpacking District?


TAKE A (BEACH) DAY TRIP TO FIRE ISLAND: I was told in no uncertain terms when I exclaimed how amazing I found Fire Island to be, "Don't tell anyone." So, I won't say anything about the funky souvenir shop/markets, unpretentious bar in Kismet with $5 Long Island Iced Teas, tree-lined boardwalks, wild deer and miles of beaches. Not a word.


FIND THE RAINBOW POOL ON ROOSEVELT ISLAND: I won't tell you that this technicolor swimming hole is easy to get to, or that it's inexpensive. If you don't live in Midtown or on the UES, prepare to either fork over the money for an Uber/cab or take a subway and the (actually kind of cool) gondola to Roosevelt Island. From there it's about a 10 minute walk to the Manhattan Park apartment complex, and on the weekend a day pass will cost you $35. But, you can pack a lunch, order in and make a whole day of it. We went a couple weekends ago and found the place to still be largely undiscovered—plenty of lounge chairs to be had under those colorful yellow-and-white umbrellas and enough pool noodles to go around.


VISIT WAVE HILL IN THE BRONX: Okay, so this is actually the only thing on the list I haven't done yet! I have been dying to check out Wave Hill, wander the (28 acres of) gardens and take in the view of the Hudson River and Palisades. I can't sell you on my personal experience, so check out their Instagram account

FOR MORE NYC IDEAS (RESTAURANTS, ACTIVITIES, ETC) CHECK OUT MY WILLIAMSBURGSOHO STAYCATION STORIES AND MY SO-YOUR-PARENTS-ARE-HERE GUIDE, TOO.

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