Beached Whale In the Summer

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Fire Island

FROM THE DESK OF: Deo

The other day the owner at the wine store asked me if I had any plans for Memorial Day weekend. I hesitated for a moment, trying to think of exciting things to say. What were my plans for the Memorial Day weekend? Was I going somewhere instagrammable (I just made that up)? Was I going to some kind of bbq or maybe even a luau? I wanted to say something interesting, like swimming up the Hudson or something, but all I could say was “I’m just going to sleep.”

You see, I’ve been all sorts of out of it this week—having been sleep deprived ever since coming back from my magical trip to Louisiana. I didn’t get home until 4am on Monday morning, then sleeping for a few hours and going straight to work that day. I’ve been trying to catch up ever since. Last night I thought I should blog about all the fun things to do in the summer, but my mind was drawing a blank. I could only think about sleeping in the park. So with that, here are my favorite things to do during summertime in New York.

Sleep in the Park

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Prospect Park

Almost everyone in New York is in some way very ambitious. I’ve been here long enough to know that most people I’ve met, save for tourists, are “Type A” personalities. You know the type: very competitive, always striving towards goals without feeling a sense of joy in their accomplishments, everything feels urgent. In a lot of ways, I feel part of this spectrum, but it’s not really that great. It comes with baggage that most New Yorkers are known for: neuroticism. In New York, people are always like, So tell me about your new projects? Tell me about your plans? Tell me about things you’re passionate about? I used to play this game and say, oh yeah I got all these exciting things coming up. Lately though, I just want to be honest: all I want to do is lay down on the grass and do nothing all day.

Watch a Movie in the Park

Imagine watching the movie Manhattan while overlooking Manhattan. Movies With a View is every Thursday, and it’s one of the best and free things to do in the summer. In the DUMBO area, people bring pizza from Grimaldi’s or Julianna’s or burgers from Shake Shack and walk over to the pier to watch the movie. It’s kind of completely perfect.

Being a Beached Whale

The beach is really just like the park but with more sun and the ocean. It’s better than the park actually. The only problem is that in New York, it’s so out of the way. The best place I’ve been to is Fire Island. There is nobody there! Imagine an entire strip of beach, 26 miles long, with no crowds and no garbage and needles in the sand. Take me back.

Physical Activities

I realize I’ve only listed things where you lay down and do nothing. I guess I’m in that state of mind, but for the adventurous here is a list of my favorite things I’ve done that involve not being a beached whale: Biking all over the city; Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge; Concerts in the Park; Rooftop bars; Oh heck, kayaking.

Okay, I’ll revisit this topic when I get more sleep. In the meantime, happy Memorial Day Weekend!

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