CULTURE: What To Do In An Empty City (a.k.a. July 4th Weekend) (6.26.17)
Whether it’s across the globe or across the river, we love a good trip. Traveling is an incredible way to learn about the world around you and gain new perspective. But do you know what’s also awesome? Taking advantage of an empty city during a holiday weekend when most people empty out.
We love spending holiday weekends below Canal Street as it gives us a chance to check out the restaurants, bars and other spots we’ve been itching to try without having to worry about long waits or crowds. Here’s what we plan on doing/trying/seeing/hearing/tasting this weekend.
-July 4th - The free Seaport Summer Concert Series series kicks off July 4 curated by Blue Note, with jazz performances by Maurice “Mobetta” Brown, the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and David Sanborn. The show coincides with the Seaport’s Festival of Independence, including food vendors and a view of the Macy’s fireworks. The outdoor stage is located at Fulton Street and Front Street, and the shows start at 5:30 p.m. Plan to arrive early to grab a good spot near the stage.
-Black Tap Milkshakes - You’ve probably read about the crazy milkshakes (and equally crazy long waits) for Black Tap’s array of whimsical Crazy Shakes milkshakes. Get ready, because Black Tap is bringing their famous Crazy Shakes to the South Street Seaport via their milkshake truck Shake by Black Tap. All of Black Tap’s regular shakes will be available from the truck as well as select Black Tap signature Crazy Shakes like Cookies ‘n Cream Supreme and the Bam Bam Shake. The truck opens every day at 11AM.
-Reservation-free dining: Perennially-packed spots like Tribeca’s Locanda Verde & FiDi’s Augustine still require reservations. This is the time to try your luck walking in or calling for a last-minute table.
-Grand Banks, despite having a few reservations during the lunch hours, can get packed, especially during peak hours like sunset time. This is the weekend to cue up and get onboard for a more relaxed happy hour.
-Loopy Doopy is another favorite that sadly has become so popular we’ve started avoiding it (but having serious lust over their boozy popsicles). This is the weekend to reclaim the roof space and indulge in a popsicle and cocktail.
-Fireworks - Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will be over the East River starting at 9:25PM on July 4th, and lasting about 25-30 minutes. They are set off from barges on the East River spread between 24th and 41st Sts. The best place to watch them? South Street Seaport. We recommend getting their early and hanging at the new Clinton Hall Seaport and Garden Bar.
-Take advantage of Downtown Boathouse free kayaking program offered on a walk-in basis.