"If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day Weekend"
Treats & Eats
1. I sometimes forget there are great places to grill in the city and I always become envious of people I see grilling in the parks throughout the year. Here are some of the best places that allow charcoal grills that you should take advantage of this weekend: Randall's Island (6 locations around the island!); Morningside Park; Prospect Park (multiple locations, even with community grills if you get there early enough and snag one!); Queensbridge Park, overlooking Roosevelt Island and a block from the F train; Pelham Bay Park - make a day of it and enjoy all the park has to offer including the bocce courts, horseback riding and golfing, the Sensory Garden, or you can hike one of the many trails. Not sure where to stock up on food? Try Brooklyn's Meat Hook, Chelsea Market's Dickson's, Butcher Block in Sunnyside, or grab some Brooklyn Bangers at your local supermarket!
2. Not feeling up to organizing a whole get-together but don't want to miss out on BBQ? Here are our favorite BBQ joints in the city: Hill Country (modeled after the famous Texas Kreuz Market), Mighty Quinn's (having started out in Smorgasburg, this Texas-meets-Carolinas barbecue joint is quickly growing and has locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and in Clifton, New Jersey), Fette Sau in Williamsburg (dry-rubbed BBQ from the amazing people at St Anselm & Spuyten Dyuvil), and Hometown Bar-B-Que (Red Hook's authentic Southern, pit-smoked BBQ, located next to the famous Brooklyn Crab).
Sights & Sounds
1. Can I tell you a secret (it's not really a secret)? I'm English. I hate sports, but for some reason I love Baseball! It's quite possible that what I really like is eating hotdogs and drinking beers, but when I'm eating hotdogs and drinking beers, I like to be watching the Mets at Citi field. Like a true glory supporter, I am pretty excited that they are at the top of their league at the moment! So it couldn't be a better time to go catch a game. The last game of this season is Oct 4th, but we'll be seeing them in the playoffs for sure.
2. And of course we can all enjoy some extra time off next week, as it's Labor Day Weekend! I highly recommend getting over to Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights on Monday (11a-6p) for the West Indian-American Day Carnival and Parade. It is most definitely one of the more colorful parades that you will see, with a plethora of amazing costumes and floats marching to the sound of steel-pan and calypso bands, along with vendors selling delicious Caribbean food lining the route. (Photo Courtesy of Urban Grace Magazine )
As always, if you'd like our helping planning your weekend, or need help scoring some coveted play-off tickets, let us help!