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Summer Countdown

The best outdoor activities to catch before the season's over.

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A concert at the Williamsburg Waterfront.   

1. Find some flip flops and get yourself on a boat with the last of the Good Peoples Disco Cruises, featuring Vin Sol and Lloydski at the turntables. If dance music isn't your thing, Rocks Off Concert Cruises may have a few options more to your liking.

2. There's been fireworks on Coney Island every Friday night all summer starting at 9:30 p.m, and if you have yet to see them there's still two weekends left. The best viewing spots are from the boardwalk or, if you're adventurous, somewhere high like the Wonder Wheel. Saturday nights through Sept. 4, the Brooklyn Cyclones sponsor their own 'works, which you don't have to be a baseball fan to appreciate.

3. Have you checked out a city pool this summer? Better yet, have you checked out the Floating Pool Lady, the barge that was converted into a seven-lane, 82-foot-long parks department swimming pool? She'll be anchored in Baretto Point Park until September 6, open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

4. It may seem like there's plenty of time before Governors Island officially closes on October 10, but we still suggest planning ahead. Try taking advantage of the free bike rentals offered on Fridays, or the Panda Bear concert September 11. Or you could also just relax with a drink at the Water Taxi Beach...

5. ...but if you'd rather stay on the mainland, imbibe outside at one of this season's new Rooftop Bars. (Most stay open year-round with retractable roofs, but a few close in mid-October.)

6.There's just a few Summerstage events left, including the awesome Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: a weekend of free concerts mixing elder statesmen and young innovators. Saturday in Harlem, pianist McCoy Tyner shares the stage with Jason Moran’s Bandwagon and the “nu-jazz/hip-hop” collective Revive Da Live. Sunday in the East Village, legendary singer “Little” Jimmy Scott headlines with pianist Vijay Iyer.

7. Don't miss the two final installments of the insanely popular MoMA P.S.1 Warm Up parties. This Saturday, New Orleans native Big Freedia performs live, along with DJ sets by DJ Rusty Lazer, DJ Rashad, GHE20 GOTHIK DJs, and Traxx and Body & Pole dance performances choreographed by Kyra Johannesen performed in conjunction with the courtyard installation. Next week: the DFA-approved Holy Ghost!

7. Last week we told you all about the summer's remaining outdoor movies. To recap: there's still a couple left, like the Central Park Conservancy festival running through the August 28, and Princess and the Frog at the Red Hook Summer Movies, through September 14.

8. Synthy, beat-thumping Spaniards Delorean headline the on-again, off-again, and now on-again last free Jelly NYC Pool Party of the season. Bring a picnic and try not to cry as you toast the end of summer.


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