It’s finally Memorial Day Weekend, and part of us thinks everyone should just lay around and eat potato salad all weekend. But just in case that gets old, here are some ways to relax and make it a killer Three-Day.
Rooftop Films: “The Pursuit of Love “
Why: Nothing says “sauve summer mating ritual” like rooftop indie films about love (with rumors of free drinks afterwards). Just sayin’.
When: Friday. Doors at 8 PM, Films at 9PM. (Buy tickets)
Where: Open Road Rooftop, LES, 350 Grand St.
DanceAfrica Performances @ BAM
Why: Awesome Cuban dance + awesome African dance + bangin’ music = we’re so excited. (Did we mention an outdoor African bazaar?)
When: Friday at 7:30pm; Saturday at 2 & 7:30pm; Sunday and Monday at 3pm. (Buy Tickets)
Where: Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave., Fort Greene
***Outdoor Bazaar is open Saturday thru Monday, 12-8PM; Ashland Pl (between Hanson Pl and Fulton St)***
Brooklyn Flea Market
Why: Since you’re already in Fort Greene for DanceAfrica, why not also shop for vintage wing-tips, an ironic neckerchief, and then fill up on killer cart-food at this awesome flea market? If you haven't been yet, there is something wrong with you. Sorry.
When: Saturday 10AM-5PM
Where: 176 Lafayette Ave. (btwn Clermont + Vanderbilt Ave.), Ft Greene BK
de Kooning Exhibit @ Pace Gallery
Why: Because museums are the perfect weekend activity--except for the hoards of people who also agree with that statement. Solution? Obscure-but-brilliant exhibits (i.e. the de Kooning exhibit) at secluded art galleries.
When: Friday 9:30–6; Saturday 10-6
Where: 32 E 57th St.; 212-421-3292
Mister Sunday @ Gowanus Grove
Why: BKLYN yard is reborn as Mister Sunday, with food and music and sunshine in time for the holiday. Mile End sausages, Red Hook Ball Field vendors huaraches, drinks from Botanica, james by Justine, Eamon and Four Tet.
When: Sunday (duh) 3pm-9pm
Where: 400 Carroll Street between Bond & Nevins, Brooklyn
Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club
Why: It’s not Memorial Day weekend unless you drink beer and shame your friends in a game of life-size chess or foosball. You can do all these things at the brand new, hammock-littered Beekman Beer Garden.
When: Daily, 11:30 AM-3 AM
Where: 89 South St., north side of Pier 17. (Where the Water Taxi Beach used to be.)
Kayaking on the Hudson
Why: It’s free, rivers are naturally air-conditioned, and if you fall in (which you probably won’t) you might grow a couple extra digits to help you type on your Blackberry! Kayaks, changing rooms, and life vests provided. (More sites and details.)
Where: Pier 40, at the very western limit of Houston St., (on walkway, South side of the Pier, halfway out)