How is it August already? You have just a month left before Labor Day weekend, aka when the real world resumes, and we’ve got some ideas on how to make the most of it.
1. Of the many free city-run pools that open during the hottest months, Brooklyn Bridge Park’s colorful pop-up pool on Pier 2 has always been one of its most scenic, and best loved. Alas, the Parks Department has other plans for the space, so this will be the last summer to lounge on its sandy beach and splash in the pool, which admits guests in 45-minute sessions so it’s never too crowded.
2. The ice cream sandwich got fabulous upgrade at Underwest Donuts — which is expanding from its West Side Highway car wash home into Penn Station soon! — with a scoop of Il Laboratorio del Gelato’s dark chocolate or vanilla served between any of their doughnuts.
3. Because you’re already on the High Line, stop off at the Whitney Museum for their “Human Interest” exhibit. Pause your selfie-taking for an afternoon and check out all the ways portraits can reveal — or hide — their subject.
4. Not having a backyard is cause for serious FOMO. Luckily, New Yorkers have establishments like Brooklyn’s Nowadays. The bar’s sprawling, dog-friendly outdoor scene has all the greenery your concrete jungle-bound heart longs for, plus games like ping-pong and the weekly all-ages casual dance party Mister Sunday.