Now that the heat has (finally) started to die down, New Yorkers are holding tight to each warm-weather day left on the calendar. But just because summer may be winding down doesn’t mean your weekends should be. Fighting the end-of-summer slump is pretty easy if you’re in Lower Manhattan, since there’s a one-stop (well, ok, it’s multiple stops within one spot) destination to take advantage of: Brookfield Place. Here’s what to do to in Manhattan’s most dynamic destination to say goodbye to summer and embrace the season ahead.
For Some Retail Therapy and Self-Care
Bummed about saying goodbye to summer? Need a break from the back-to-school rush? Or craving a new look for fall? Brookfield has a good selection of retail therapy options, if window shopping is what soothes your soul. Stores in the shopping area range from the everyday (Lululemon, Madewell, J. Crew) to the fully high-fashion side (pop in to Louis Vuitton or Salvatore Ferragamo if you’re feeling fancy.) After picking up your new wardrobe, feel free to make your own spa day at some of the beauty stops — get a blowout at Drybar, a massage at the Plaza M Spa, or just pick up some wellness essentials at Clean Market. Clean Market even offers services like IV drips for those rough mornings, cryotherapy, and infrared saunas, so it’s easy to make a day trip to cleanse your mind and body.
For a Day of Family Fun
Planning family-friendly activities doesn’t need to be a hassle when you have everything you need in one place. Portside has regular activities for all ages, like regular arts and crafts classes. (Making seashell art during sunset is a pretty good option.) They even host Yacht Rock morning dance parties for kids, so check the calendar and see what options are running on any given week. Chances are, there’s something fun happening. Besides Portside, Brookfield is also host to The Wonder, a family club full of adventure. You can grab a Wonder Pass, which grants two hours of bouncing, climbing, exploring, and general merry-making. There’s also the new Big & Tiny, a nursery and daycare that offers a hands-on experience for kids. For those with more grown-up families, consider taking a cooking class at ICE, stopping by immersive art exhibits, or checking out the North Cove sailing school. Chances are, you’ll learn something along the way, too.
For date night
Who says a romantic getaway has to be a getaway? Brookfield Place has a surprising number of dining options that make for perfect date spots. Steak and wine at Del Frisco’s, waterfront seafood from Seamore’s, or burgers and fries from PJ Clarke’s might be just what you’re looking for. There’s also the option to grab takeout from Blue Ribbon Sushi or Naya falafel bowls and picnic at the waterfront tables or nearby Belvedere Plaza. There’s even a ferry stop right outside, so you can get out on the Hudson at sunset. Of course, there’s the option to pick up cocktails at Seamore’s or Tartinery Summer House and kick back instead. Whichever way you decide to go, it’ll be a memorable night.
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