In the heat of summer, there’s nothing better than a refreshing dip at one of the city’s awesome beaches. After Sandy, the Rockaways have gotten a major overhaul with beach, eats, live music, shopping and more! You can take the A train (and transfer to a free shuttle train) or grab the Seastreak ferry from E 34th St. and FDR drive or from Pier 11 on Wall Street which will cost you $3.50 one way.
Not the swimming type? There’s plenty else to do at the coast including, for the first time, shopping. End of the A is a mobile fashion truck that will have accessories, apparel and art for sale. You can follow them on twitter (@EndOfTheA) for their current locations. Or dance the night away at Playland Motel where DJ’s & Bands play until early in the morning. The entire building was restored using recycled local wood and each of the motel rooms was designed by a different artist. If you’re a more adventurous type, you can take advantage of the city’s only surfing beach with some lessons at the Locals Surf School.
To eat, you might want to head over to local favorite Connolly’s Bar, which during sandy was filled with about five and a half feet of water. Their famous frozen drink machine survived, so piña coladas flow generously. At night you can catch an open mic, or a dance-off between lifeguards. And of course, you can’t hit the Rockaways without grabbed a Craft Beer by their very own Rockaway Brewing Company at the concession stand!
Beach Bash with Lizzmonade Brooklyn
Wed. July 30, 7pm
Head to Brooklyn Bridge Park for a Beach Bash Happy Hour at Lizzmonade Brooklyn. Grab a seat on the sand and enjoy music, games, snack and drinks. For more information and tickets, click here.
Thurs. July 31, 6pm
Beat the summer heat with a cold brew and some of the best local food. At this party by Edible Manhattan you'll find some of the cities best craft breweries along with food from Brooklyn Cured, Chapter One, Gramercy Tavern, Jacob's Pickles, Luke's Lobster and more! For more information and tickets, click here.
Kayaking at Brooklyn Bridge Park
Sat. Aug. 2, 10am
Get up early to kayak through the water with the incredible view of the Brooklyn Bridge. No experience is necessary so don’t let that be your excuse! Lines can get long so make sure to arrive early. For more information, click here.
There are some incredible homes in NYC. From luxurious penthouses with 360 degree views of the city to historic Brownstones in Brooklyn. But what we tend to notice, are the more quirky homes. From hidden streets to super modern floor plans here are some NYC homes that we would definitely live in (or at least take a picture with):
Mosaic House in Cobble Hill
Just outside a Brooklyn Brownstone historic district you’ll find Susan Gardener’s house. Starting in 2001 in a fit of creativity, the retired art professor she just went outside and began gluing different things to the front of the house. Today it’s covered in a mosaic of tiles, toys, shells, stones, mirrors, costume jewelry, and more.
351 Keap Street
After buying a 20 by 40 foot plot of land and finding out it would cost upwards of $500,000 to build a home there, this couple took matters into their own creative hands. They built a home out of 6 shipping containers complete with two rooftop decks, repurposed furniture, and a yard for their dog Zero.
My Micro NY
In most areas of the city a 325 sq. ft. apartment would be prohibited, but the city’s first micro-unit apartment building on East 27th St. (set to be finished in 2015) will consist of modular pre-fabricated units exactly that size. The winners of Mayor Bloomberg’s micro-apartment design competition will create units featuring tall ceilings, Juliette balconies, and the efficiency (including transformable furniture!) to create four rooms within the one space.
If you were just walking by, you probably wouldn’t see the steps that lead up to this picturesque street on St. Nicholas Avenue between 160th & 161st streets. What you’ll find, is a beautiful cobblestone block that was originally the carriage way to the Morris-Jumel Mansion (which is Manhattan’s oldest house built in 1765). The 20 wooden row houses are landmarked so you’ll find beautiful wooden shutters, bracketed eves, and wooden stoops all painted in the original colors from the late 1800s.
Cafe Ghia Crab Feast
Thurs. July 24, 7pm (1st seating), 9:30pm (2nd seating)
Eat all the blue crabs, corn on the cob, potatoes and watermelon you can handle at this annual event sponsored by Sixpoint (Apollo on draft). Crab expert (and Baltimore native) will be on hand with tutorials for any first time crab eaters. For more information and tickets, click here.
Drink Pink Rose Revolution
Fri. July 25, 5pm
This epic wine tasting at the East Houston Street Wine will give you the opportunity to taste between 25 to 30 wines which will be complemented by artisan cheeses. Wine education will be offered by wine consultants. For more information, click here.
Beer & Bacon Classic at Citi Field
Sat. July 26, 12pm & 7pmA night of music, beer & bacon stopping by NYC on their tour of major league baseball stadiums across America. Choose from hundreds of craft beer samples and bacon-inspired tastes cooked up by local restaurants. Dance to live music, enjoy interactive games, or learn from the (bacon focused) cooking demos and beer schools. For more information and tickets, click here.
Even the most jaded New Yorker can’t possibly have explored every inch of this city. It is a city that is constantly changing, evolving and moving with new things popping up every day. This is what makes it so exciting, you can explore something new every week and never run out of surprises. So after you’ve gotten all of the “must-sees” out of the way, why not take a trip to see these somewhat totally random spots. Here are some you just won’t believe are there:
77 Water Street
This might look like a nondescript Financial District office building from the outside, but get a view from above its 26 floors and you’ll notice a runway on the building’s roof with a WWI fighter plane replica. Or pop into the lobby for a treat from its old school penny candy shop.
Red Square Apartments
The next time you’re walking along Houston St. (or in our case, the next time you’re grabbing a knish at Yonah Schimmel…), take a look East, up at the large brick apartment building between Avenues A and B. You’ll probably first notice the giant clock (if you look closer the numbers are out of order), but if you look just before the clock you’ll see an 18-foot-tall statue of Vladimir Lenin. Yup, THAT Lenin. If you look even closer you’ll notice he’s pointing towards Wall Street.
The Earth Room
An art exhibit in SoHo doesn’t sound like anything special, but you’ll notice something different when you head to #141 Wooster and have to hit the nondescript buzzer for #2B (note: quickly enter and open the second door to the stairs just past the elevator before the buzzer stops and you’re locked out.). Take the narrow stairs up one flight and you’ll enter a room filled with dirt… sorry… we mean you’ll enter a room that holds an “interior earth sculpture”. Open since 1980, this exhibit by Walter De Maria holds 250 cubic yards of earth taking up 3,600 sq. ft. of floor space and weighing about 280,000 pounds.
The Berlin Wall (yes, really)
If you head to Paley Park (a small public space at 520 Madison Ave.) you can see five fragments of the Berlin Wall which have been on display since 1990. The art covered side visible was the Western Side of the wall and the side that isn’t visible (which is just blank concrete) was the Eastern Side.
Dinner Party at Humboldt & Jackson
Wed. July 16, 6:30pm
This event starts off a new Dinner Party series which focus on making a unique meal with high quality ingredients & “Innovative techniques”. This dinner will star Chef Andrew Gerson with the Product Development Chef of Kaizen Trading Company (Momofuku). For more information and tickets, click here.
Paul’s Brewtique: 3rd Annual Bestie Boys Beer Pairings & Fundraiser
Wed. July 16, 7pm
Celebrate July Good Beer Month with this this event at the Idle Hands Bar. $15 (advance purchase) will get you 5 beer tastings, a whiskey shot, an order of tater tots (to soak it all up) and a Beastie Boys song paired with each Craft Beer. For more information, click here.
Wed. July 16, 6:30pm
Learn how to brew your own beer! In this class by Brooklyn Brainery you’ll learn all of the basics to get yourself up and running. Learn how to troubleshoot the most common problems as well as all about malts, grains & yeasts. For more information and tickets, click here.
The Total Greenpoint Immersion
Sat. July 19, 1pm
A daylong “neighborhood crawl” to help you explore an area’s best bars, shops & places to eat. Check out 4 different bars for a Brooklyn beer (included in your $20 ticket plus lunch at one of 2 restaurants), and collect Monolopy-like bills to spend at more than a dozen shops. For more information, click here.