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The GofG Memorial Day Weekend Staycation Guide 2011

Took too long to plan your Miami trip? Can't afford to skip out to the Hamptons for the weekend? Have nothing planned? There's so much going on in right here in NYC this weekend. Here's a couple of things you can check out to eliminate your boredom and take advantage of the city's sights, tastes & sounds. If you're headed east, check out our Hamptons Party Guide.

Dude its Fleet Week!

Fleet Week activities including free ship tours, performances in Times Square, Broadway showcases, sailor meet-and-greets and much more are available for the taking. We already told you how to avoid mistakes when trying to land a seaman, now go out and do it!

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Enjoy some outdoor eateries!

La Birreria

Opens June 3rd, sits atop Eataly at 200 Fifth Ave (23rd street). The 4,500-square-foot rooftop beer garden will be the main attraction but there's also wine by the tap and glorious Italian menu.

Mulberry Project

Recent gem of Little Italy, its located at 149 Mulberry Street. Located past the DJ booth, the 900 sq-foot spot contains a seated dining section able to hold up to 50 people. Check out some of the best street art from veteran artists Curtis Kulig and Ian "Kid Zoom" which fills up the venue's decor. And cool down with their full service frozen cocktail menu!


Bierkraft

(Image above) Perfectly placed at 191 Fifth Ave. near Berkeley Place in Park Slope, Brooklyn. You'd be able to experience the an authentic BBQ feel since this venue has the 3 b's; Brooklyn, beers, and a backyard.

By the way, check out our round up of other cool outdoor dining around the city HERE!

You know summer's official when Governor's Island opens up

Spend your weekend on the island! There's an array of activities going on. There's a summer pop up shop "Better Than Jam" and the "Designs for Living" historic couture fashion & accessories exhibit. On Sunday May 29th and Monday May 30th, there's the famous Brewers Pic-NYC. From the team behind Meatopia and Pig Island, this two day boozefest kicks off the summer by bringing top-notch brewers together with purveyors of some of the city's best food. The event offers various food vendors; tacos to ice cream to lobster rolls. The boozy afternoon event also offers live entertainment. Go here for more Governors Island event information.

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Check out the art scene

You should really visit the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at the MET! The exhibition, organized by The Costume Institute, celebrates the late Alexander McQueen’s extraordinary contributions to fashion. It features his various collections; from his Central Saint Martins postgraduate collection of 1992 to his final runway iconic presentation. Located in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall, on the second floor, is free with Museum admission. Since its opening, there's been quite the wait so this may be the weekend to go.

Stop by the Whitney Museum today for Member for a Day. In celebration of the Museum's groundbreaking for its new Meatpacking District location, they are offering non-members two membership treats. Make use of the free admission and 10% discount at the Whitney store for the day.

Rooftop Films present The Pursuit of Love at the Open Road Rooftop, 350 Grand Street. Its an annual collection of romantic short film shows are always a delight of spring fever, sly flirtation and outright down n' dirty sexiness. Short romantic films about chasing love, by bicycle and bottle, on the internet and in the air, its all about bringing people together.

If you're last minute plans shift you over to the Hamptons, be sure to check out our Hamptons site for everything going on out east.