Welcome back to summer in the city.
Memorial Day is only a few days away, so we’re back with suggestions for summer fun. From now until Labor Day, my fellow Metro reporter Michael Gold or I will be chatting in your inbox about our favorite places to eat, socialize, and relax in New York. And, bonus!: This summer we also have Korsha Wilson join us – she is a great writer and podcast host who will highlight food, drink and restaurants worth trying.
This year we thought it would be fun to start with a summer bucket list. These are of course just suggestions, so feel free to modify or swap things as you see fit. We’d love to see your progress too, so don’t hesitate to contact us with tips, questions and photos at summer.. (Maybe we’ll list some of our favorites in upcoming newsletters.)
Visit a farmers market. If you’re adventurous, buy something you’ve never tried. I plan to try a new flavor of goat cheese from Lynnhaven Farm in the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket at my next picnic in Prospect Park. If prepared food is more your speed, Korsha likes double the typical Trinidadian street food of flatbread and spicy braised chickpeas, at A&A Bake and Roti Shop and at Ali’s Roti Shop in Crown Heights, as well as the jerk chicken at Peppa’s in Flatbush.
Hop on a ferry. Our editor, Dan Saltzstein, likes to take the ferry from the Hunters Point South stop in Long Island City to Brooklyn Bridge Park, where he can walk into the fireboat house on the Fulton Ferry Landing to get a scoop of Ample Hills – ideally the King of Flavor of mangoes, if not already sold out. Korsha loves the ferry from Midtown to Hoboken, NJ, for great nighttime skyline views.
Spend a day at your favorite beach. I like to make dirty little beach sandwiches at Jacob Riis in the Rockaways, but our colleague Amelia Nierenberg, another Times newsletter writer, likes to take the Q to Brighton Beach and pick up Uzbek food. Her favorites are the stuffed cabbage, radish and dill salad, and the plov from Tashkent Supermarket.
Take a trip to one of New York’s many islands. My partner and I like to grab sandwiches from the Red Hook location of Court Street Grocers and take the ferry to Governors Island. Where else do you eat your sandwich in a hammock?
Take a sunset walk on the west side of Manhattan. Korsha recommends grabbing a bowl of rice at Teranga in Harlem if you’re Uptown, but I like watching the sunset from the Christopher Street Pier. (If you want more sunset inspiration, I did some people-watching in public areas around the city last summer.) If you’re looking for something sweet, the first two Manhattanhenges of the summer are on May 29 and May 30 around 8:12 a.m.
Visit a new museum. I hope to check out the Raphael Montañez Ortiz retrospective at El Museo del Barrio, and the upcoming Duke Riley and Virgil Abloh exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum.
Spend an afternoon finding something new. Last summer, after a trip to Chicago was canceled due to bad weather, I visited Au Cheval and found that there is a half-crushed silver bean (much like the famous one, officially known as “Cloud Gate”, by British artist Anish Kapoor, in Chicago) nearing completion on Leonard Street in lower Manhattan.
Spend an afternoon in Manhattan’s Chinatown. Korsha recommends trying the cheong fun of Joe’s Steam Rice Roll or a plate of roast pork and rice from Wah Fung No. 1 to try. Sanam Yar, who writes about culture for The Morning, also likes to bring a sponge cake and a giant Thai iced tea from Kam. Hung Bakery to the Elizabeth Street Garden to read.
Get out of town. Between Metro-North, New Jersey Transit and the Long Island Rail Road, there are plenty of ways for us car-free folks to escape for a day or a weekend. The first takes you to Dia Beacon, a wonderful museum, mainly with large-scale sculptures, just an hour and a half north of Grand Central Terminal.
Korsha Wilson contributed to the reporting.