Sights, Sips, & Stories—bde's guide to summer 2018

Sights, Sips, & Stories—bde's guide to summer 2018

“The summer night is like a perfection of thought.”
— Wallace Stevens

August is here - while summer winds down, we're making the most out of al fresco evenings and enjoying the best of the city's seasonal festivities. Need inspiration? Check out: Sights, Sips, and Stories—our curated guide for what to see, drink, and read this summer.

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Sight:  Heavenly Bodies at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Go on a week day to avoid the crowds, and take in the city views at the Met Roof Garden alongside Huma Bhabha's otherworldly installation We Come In Peace.

Sip: Dumbo House

Story:  Please Do Not Touch


Sight:  Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival - for free world-class music, dance, film, and more.

Sip:  Northern Territory - for the view!

Story:  The Hidden Life of Trees - this book is not just about trees - it's about connectivity, what it means to be social by nature, and compassion.


Sight:  The new Domino Park. For a light bite: stop by Danny Meyer's new outdoor taqueria Tacocina.

Sip:  Broken Shaker on the rooftop at Freehand Hotel - no reservations, but it will be worth the wait.

Story:  Thanks For The Feedback


Sight: Coney Island. Not a beachgoer? The shark exhibit at the New York Aquarium on Coney Island just opened this summer.

Sip: PilotPier 6, Brooklyn. Pilot is from the same team of one of our favorite floating Bars - Grand Banks - it has the same look & feel, minus the crowds.

Story: The Art of Gathering


Sight: John Singer Sargent’s pieces at the MET.

Sip: Maman - each of their locations feels like traveling to France, sans the airfare and passport. Their coffee is incredible. Best drink to order: the oat milk latte.

Story: Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking - to kickstart your creativity. 


Sight:  Narcissus Garden by Yayoi Kusama. Make a day trip out of it by heading to Rockaway Beach afterward - and Tacoway Beach for a bite to eat.

Sip:  The Turf Club - a summer-long pop-up perched atop Westlight at The William Vale. Enjoy 360-degree views of NYC & try out the lawn games.

Story:  Insomniac City – a beautiful tribute to New York and perfect for those who love the city's walking culture. 


Sight:  The Pint Shop from Museum of Ice Cream - make a reservation for a tasting session & learn about the making of ice cream through all five senses.

Sip:  Tipsy Scoop – where ice cream meets cocktail. Or try UES - a cocktail bar speakeasy behind the UES ice cream shop (if you go: ask to see the "storage room" - and no sneakers or athletic wear allowed).

Story: You Are A Badass – a great reminder that you're awesome.


Sight: Skyline at the Skyscraper Museum

Sip: Grand Banks - one of our favorite summertime destinations. Make a reservation to indulge in oysters & nautically-inspired cocktails aboard a historic sailboat.

Story: Less


Sight:  Candytopia - opening August 15th, it's a series of interactive art installations with a delicious theme.

Sips:  Stay Gold - a new cocktail spot on 3rd Avenue from the team behind The Up & Up. Go on a warm night & grab a seat on the backyard picnic tables.

Story:  Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear



Sight:  Governor’s Island. Don't miss The Eclipse - an installation in the Chapel of St. Cornelius with over 15,000 bamboo & paper kites. Or check out Collective Governor's Island - a just-opened "glamping" experience from Collective Retreats.

Sip:  Island Oyster

Story:  My Lady’s Choosing

The Weekend Getaway


Near the City

Sight: Jones Beach Bandshell Summer Concert Series – nightly concerts through September 1st!

Sip: Craft House – for amazing drinks and a great view of the water.

Story: The Nightingale


Rochester, NY

Sight:  Park Ave Summer Art Festival - best art festival in Rochester / Western NY

Sip:  Fairport Brewing Company

Story:  Death of Mrs. Westaway - a great suspenseful novel for summer reading.

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