It happens every year: we tell ourselves that Summer two thousand-whatever is going to be the BEST summer ever, the summer we finally learn to surf, the summer we spend organizing tons of picnics and outings with our friends, the summer our tans meet epic, Tahitian proportions. And then, it's August, and we've done nothing. Every. Single. Year.-
But this year is going to be different! We have 28 days left til Labor Day. Let's cram as much into those 28 days as humanly possible. Let's jam pack the next few weeks with so much saturated summer fun that by the time Labor Day rolls around, we're thrilled summer is over, because we just can't take one more day of sun.
Come on, guys. We can do this.
The Guest of a Guest Summer 2010 Bucket List
Finish War & Peace (or, just, a book)
Go to a theatrical performance (either The Capeman at the Delacorte, or any of the 200 shows at the NY Fringe Festival)
Finally give away those bags of clothes to Goodwill
Spend a day outside with Fashion Mags to be ready for Fall Trends (Fashion Week is only a few weeks away!)
Learn to Paddle Board
Brave the line at Shake Shack
Do a vineyard tour of Long Island
Ride The Cyclone at Coney Island
Go check out The Bronx Zoo (just to say you've done it once)
Go to Six Flags for the day.
Go to a Yankee or a Mets Game
Take advantage of a beer garden!
Have a random encounter at a Mister Softee
Skip work for a day
Learn to surf
Go to an outdoor music festival
Walk the Brooklyn Bridge (and get Ice Cream at the end!)
Swim in the fountain at Washington Square Park
Check out the Botanical Gardens
Trapeze lessons in Chelsea Piers
Charter a sailboat, or if you're broke, take a water taxi
Ride the carousel at Pier 62 (only $2 a ride!)
Spend some quality time in an innertube
Drink a Pimms Cup at a polo game
Eat lobster, or at least learn how to shuck your own oyster
Do rooftop yoga
Go to a fair/carnival and eat a funnel cake
Sneak into a roof-top pool
Take a cooking class to keep yourself warm with home-cooked food in the fall
Have a Jersey-Shore themed party
Three scoops of Gelato while window shopping in SoHo
Pick an OFFICIAL "Song of Summer 2010". Play it so often you get sick of it
Have a picnic--a REAL one, with wine and grapes and brie and prosciutto.
Establish your go-to-summer-drink of choice so you can order it when you want to be reminded of summer fun. (Ours? A Michelada: Beer, Hot Sauce, and salt!)
Go eat at the most touristy restaurant in Times Square
Race sailboats with friends in Central Park
Eat corn on the cob.
Visit one of the many farmer's markets
Sip an old-fashioned cocktail at The Speakeasy at 1220 Fifth Ave
Take a night boat cruise and see the beautiful skyline!
Get lost in The Ramble in Central Park
Hike, rock climb, swim or kayak/canoe at Lake Valhalla (an hour north of NYC)
Go see The Godfather in Little Italy, or Twelve Angry Men in Dumbo
Attend a Jazz Age Party in Governor's Island (the next in August 28 and 29)
Just pack up and GO to The Hamptons/Nantucket/Newport!
Get caught in a sudden summer storm, and stay out there while everyone else runs for cover.
Have a Nathan's Hot Dog
Take one of those cheesy phone pictures of your legs and your book at a beach.
Get really drunk off whiskey and sing Sea Chanties. (Oh, come on, that's cool.)
The Bronx Barge Pool!
Have a drink at the MET Rooftop Garden
Invite your friends over for a Rooftop BBQ
Have a Bright Blue (or Green Or Red) Polar Ice
Learn to raise a mainsail and a jib
Get a tattoo! (Maybe a temporary one.)
Spend all day in an air conditioned movie theater, seeing back to back features.
Find the city's best Ice Cream sandwiches (we love the one at Otto...)
Take advantage of the end-of-season sales to stock up on clothes for next summer
Go to Chinatown. Breathe in the smell. It's not summer in New York til you do.
How many of these have you done, guys? We tallied up the GofG Office Count, and we got 46 things done, collectively. Looks like it's going to be a busy August!