As our summers wind down all too quickly, we New Yorkers tend to launch into a Fall frenzy generated by the thrill of something different. We bury our flip flops and burn our white linen pants, and like horses outfitted with blinders, charge into Fashion Week with full force, often missing out on the hidden jewels of August. Thus, we at PAPERMAG are determined to make August count, and to embrace this normally sleepy period between joyous July and stressy September. Just how should we do this, you might ask? We've compiled a list of ten ways that you can get out of your late summer funk and finally live the Augustan dream. Brace yourselves, this is gonna be huge.
1. THERE ARE STILL SOME GREAT OUTDOOR CONCERTS LEFT
Because live music is just a little bit better under (preferably sunny, starry, or even partly-cloudy but almost inevitably pouring) skies. Although the remaining August lineup at Summerstage is sort of lacking, the Williamsburg Waterfront has a free (!!!) Grizzly Bear and Beach House show on the 30th. Also take a trip out to the Beach at Governor's Island, whose website suggests the location "isn't just a concert venue; it's an experience." And that's what this article is all about, right? And for those willing to make the trek out to Bushwick, Todd P presents an end-of-summer extravaganza on Aug. 30 with art-rock icons Lightning Bolt at the 979 Broadway Backyard.
2. SEE AN OUTDOOR FILM
For those of us who almost have the attention span to sit through a movie, but need something else to look at just in case. On Aug. 27, Brooklyn Bridge Park's Movie with a View series will screen Edward Scissorhands, a favorite film among Johnny Depp fans, Avon users, and metal phalange enthusiasts alike. Those who prefer more underground fare (or, perhaps, "aboveground" is the right word here) should check outRooftop Films' Aug. 28 screening of St. Nick. David Lowery's debut film about a runaway brother and sister screens on the roof of the Old American Can Factory in Gowanus.
3. CELEBRATE THE ARTS... OUTDOORS
Are you sensing a theme yet? Long Island City's Socrates Sculpture Park will hold its biennial series of performance and temporary sculpture Float August 29th and 30th, curated by Chelsea Spengemann and featuring the work of Yoko Ono, among others. Also check out Roxy Paine's current rooftop installation at the Met, Maelstrom for some sick sculpture and pristine views of the park. The more rhythmically-inclined may want to hop on the 7 train and head to PS1 for their August 29th Warm Up, which includes performances by electronic virtuosos Timmy Regisford, Monique Bingham, and Duane Pitre.
4. HAVE A SUMMER FLING!
Because what happens in August stays in August...
5. GET UP OFFA THAT THING
Exercise and pretend you're sort of healthy and all that jazz. Go for a run along section 1 of the newly opened Highline or find a new bike route throughout four of the five boroughs. Ambitious types might want to head down to the seven-lane floating pool, currently docked at Baretto Point Park, while those seeking a more peaceful workout experience should check out the unbelievably affordable Yoga to the People.
6. COOK SUMMER STYLE
Hamburgers and hotdogs are acceptable on major American Holidays, but Independence Day is long over and Labor Day isn't till September, so branch out a little bit. Stock up on the freshest produce and farm products at your local green market and try some of our favorite summer recipes. We suggest an heirloom tomato and fresh mozzarella salad, delicious beer can chicken and grilled corn on the cob, followed by our favorite summer dessert, Ina Garten's peach raspberry crisp, a la mode of course.
7. DRINK SUMMER STYLE
Because that pitcher of sangria and a Pims No. 1 nightcap will help you forget your AC is broken (at least until you wake up). For a new spin on the Spanish nectar of the gods, try Giada Di Laurentiis' recipe, which calls for champagne or prosecco rather than the standard red wine. If you want to drink and wiggle your toes in the sand at the same time, check out PAPERMAG's guide to New York's "Best Beachy Bars."
8. FROZEN FUN
Interpret that that however way you'd like, although we're alluding to desserts along the lines of ice cream. But during a month so hot and sticky in a city overcrowded with Philippe Starck-esque fro-yo joints (of which, we favor 16 Handles), we can't just settle for run of the mill Tasti D-Lite (much to the chagrin of Tasti poster child the D-liteful MM). We recommend the soft serve at Momofuku Milk Bar; flavors change regularly, but the Boston Creme is almost good enough to make you forget the other 'mofuk-er's insane reservation policy. And for the Italophiles and general gelati fanatici, the fior di latte and straciatella at Grom are tied with the olive oil gelato at Otto for the win.
9. LEAVE THE CITY (GLAMOROUSLY)
Hamptons schmamptons, what is fun about a party whose theme is simply "white?" Instead explore Long Island's North Fork, the underdog peninsula full of bayside golf courses and unbelievably fresh farmstands. Golfers should seek out a friendly club member and snag a tee time at Baiting Hollow's world-ranked Coore and Crenshaw-designed course Friar's Head, while those with any appreciation for dessert must stop by Riverhead's Briermere Farms to pick up some heavenly pie (our favorite is the blueberry cream).
10. LEAVE THE CITY (SLIGHTLY LESS GLAMOROUSLY)
The super luxurious Metro North Railroad offers a number of single day and overnight "getaways" for city-dwellers at surprisingly affordable prices. The less self-respecting of us might head to Rye Playland and re-enact Mariah Carey's "Fantasy" video while inhaling funnel cakes and slushies on the log flume. Slightly more selective foodies should head to Pocantico Hills' Stone Barns Center, a working farm and education center partnered with renowned New York restaurant group Blue Hill. Once you've sufficiently traipsed about the sprawling hills and gotten your full domestic animal fix, taste some of the farm's offerings at the Blue Hill CafÃ¨ or bring some of the delicious herbs and spices home to flavor your own creations.