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Urban Outings

These funky alfresco spots might help you forget being stuck in town over Memorial Day weekend.

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  1. 1. Harry’s at Water Taxi Beach

    Hunters Point Ferry Stop, Long Island City; watertaxibeach.com

    Harry (Schnäck) Hawk’s seasonal snack bar opens for the season May 26, with trucked-in Jersey sand, elk burgers and turkey dogs, and a couple of flavors from Il Laboratorio del Gelato.

  2. 2. The Gowanus Yacht Club

    323 Smith St., at President St., Brooklyn; 718-246-1321

    A picnic-table patio with a funky nautical motif—as its commodore, Patois’s Alan Harding, puts it, “Garage-sale chic meets Gilligan’s Island.”

  3. 3. SheepMeadow Café

    Enter at Central Park W. and 69th St.; 212-396-4100

    During the day, it’s hot dogs and tuna sandwiches at the snack bar; starting this weekend, after five, the staff stokes the charcoal-fired barbecue at the 100-seat café out back.


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