This is it. The last weekend of summer 2012. Just because you don't have some jaunty getaway planned doesn't mean you can't live it up right here around NYC.
We plan on gorging on fresh crab, dancing the day and night away (kids and dogs welcome), going for a ride on a schooner, catching and releasing, taking down an ice cream cone (or two), attending the ultimate barbeque, and taking a much-needed dip in the pool.
You can do the same. It's all in our guide to cramming it all in before this long weekend comes to a close.
Stand Up Paddleboard
You don't have to go on vacation to master the latest craze of Stand Up Paddleboarding. Just head to <a href="http://www.supnewyorkcity.com/SUP_New_York_City/Home.html" target="_hplink">SUP New York Cit</a>y in Jamaica Bay, where you can rent equipment, take lessons and have fun, all while getting in an excellent workout.
Red Hook's new <a href="http://brooklyncrab.com/" target="_hplink">Brooklyn Crab</a> not only boasts a giant deck and water views, but it also serves all the fresh seafood your heart desires: king crab legs, lobsters, gulf shrimp, blue crabs, little necks, oysters. <strong>Bonus</strong>: the tough-to-get-to location offers free shuttle service from the Carroll St. Station of the F and G trains.
Dance Outside With The Cool Kids
<a href="http://mistersaturdaynight.com/category/mister-sunday/" target="_hplink">Mister Sunday</a> (aka Mister Saturday Night) is a fun-filled dance party for the whole family at Gowanus Grove: excellent DJs spinning vinyl, tacos, beverages, the great outdoors, and lots of dancing. <a href="http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?396161" target="_hplink">Tickets here</a> or just pay when you enter.
Ahoy! <a href="http://www.sail-nyc.com/" target="_hplink">Sail NYC</a> has a plethora of options for you to hit the high seas -- day sail, sunset sail, brunch sail -- all of which promise to be magical schooner adventures.
The Ultimate Barbeque
On Saturday, September 1, Governors Island will become <a href="http://www.pigisland.com/" target="_hplink">Pig Island</a>. That means 80 locally-sourced hogs will be prepared by 25 NYC chefs, and you will get to enjoy all the swine you can possibly eat (and all the Sixpoint craft beers you can drink), all while jamming out to live music. Tickets are a must and are <a href="http://pigisland2012.eventbrite.com/" target="_hplink">available here</a>.
Four-person skiffs are available for rent at <a href="http://www.supersaas.com/schedule/SUPMARINA59/SKIFF_RENTALS" target="_hplink">Marina 59</a> in Far Rockaway, where you and your buds can catch and release all day on Jamaica Bay.
Eat Ice Cream
Ice Cream just tastes better in the summer. Head to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/27/ice-cream-in-new-york-the_n_1625594.html" target="_hplink">one of our favorite local spots</a> for a cone (or cup) of cold, creamy deliciousness.
Go For A Swim
It's been a while since there were any scuffles at the glorious new <a href="http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/mccarrenpark/facilities/pools" target="_hplink">McCarren Park Pool</a>, so it seems as good a time as any to check it out and go for a swim. Especially since it closes for the season after this weekend.
Day Trip It
If you really need to hit the road (or subway), there are a plethora of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/24/new-york-day-trips_n_1543856.html" target="_hplink">day trips</a> less than 2 hours from the city that are sure to give you that feeling of being away.