Stuck in town this Memorial Day weekend? You’re better off avoiding the mile-long airport lines anyway, so consider yourself lucky. But just in case you’re tired of hitting up to Smorgasburg for the third weekend in a row or staring at your computer screen as you Netflix your life away, Bedford + Bowery has put together plenty of options to keep you entertained over the long weekend.
1. Soak up the sunset vibes at Elsewhere’s new rooftop
East Williamsburg venue Elsewhere opens its new rooftop space this weekend with a Mission Chinese pop-up and chill global beats from Portuguese DJ/producer Branko. The summer will bring “happy hours, frozen drinks, local DJs, art programming, weekend food pop-ups, and much more.
2. Cool down with vegan ice cream
For the vegan-lovers, Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream recently debuted a line of summer options, including the Vegan Pink Lemonade special infused with lemon juice, vegan cashew and coconut base and red currant jam.
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Our 💞NEW💞 Vegan Pink Lemonade special will keep you refreshed all summer long 💕🌴We infuse freshly squeezed lemon juice with Rishi Hibiscus Tea, blend it with our creamy vegan cashew & coconut base, then fold in homemade red currant jam! Find it right now in all our NYC shops👌😎
3. Pop in to a pop=up feminist (work)shop
SOHO20 Gallery offers curious New Yorkers a chance to mingle with artist, writers, zine-makers and publishers for a lively evening of feminist art and literature during Home on the Page: towards a feminist public, the penultimate event of their 2017/18 Program Fellowship.
4. Get down and dirty at House of Yes
For a memorable bash, look no further than House of Yes. A promo for the event promises “hot meat, dirty dancing and delicious chillness. Sunshine vibes on the inside.” Veggie options are available too, and the event also features NYC “disco evangelist’ Eli Escobar. Get tickets here.
5. Feast on oysters and cocktails on a boat with a sweet view
The historic schooner/seasonal oyster bar, Pilot, reopens for its first full season this week at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
6. Indulge in delightfully morbid cemetery cinema
Rooftop Films normally screens films high atop the city, but this summer it’s going six feet under, at Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery. Get the full schedule here.
7. Chill out with Two Dudes at Riis Park Beach Bazaar
The Riis Park Beach Bazaar re-opened earlier in May, buns out. (Hot dog buns, that is.) It features a kick-ass summer lineup, including Two Dudes—a burger joint serving up “the classic California roadside burger.”
8. Embrace the Spirit of South Africa at DanceAfrica 2018
DanceAfrica 2018, the nation’s African largest dance festival, returns to BAM this weekend for its 41st year. The event offers an eclectic mix of cultural performances that draw comparisons between South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement and the struggle for civil rights in the U.S. Get tickets here.
9. Munch on lobster rolls at Williamsburg’s newest rooftop hangout
The William Vale, where the Mister Dips burgers and ice cream truck recently reopened on the elevated park, hosts a cozy weekend rooftop lounge called The Turf Club. The menu includes lobster rolls, popcorn, soft pretzels and a variety of cocktails and beers.
10. Turn up at Coney Island’s new outdoor club.
An EMD club complete with daybeds and bottle service is popping up at the Coney Art Walls this weekend and will go hard this summer with performances by Lil Jon and DJ Pauly DJ of Jersey Shore fame/infamy. Not kidding.
11. Climb aboard the Mad Hatter’s magic mixology bus.
The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party mixes molecular cocktails and theater inside of a double-decker bus outfitted like a Victorian cottage. Oh, and there are puns.