End-of-summer hot list: Essential things to do before Labor Day

Don't let the season pass by without enjoying these top things to do. Plus, the one highlight to catch at each of NYC's big series before the end of summer.

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    End-of-summer hot list: Honorable William Wall Clubhouse

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    End-of-summer hot list: August Nights

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    End-of-summer hot list: Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pop-Up Pool

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    End-of-summer hot list: Marina @ Pier 57

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    End-of-summer hot list: LIC Food & Flea

  • End-of-summer hot list: King & Grove Williamsburg pool

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    End-of-summer hot list: The Lounge at Pod 39

Photograph: Whitney Lawson

End-of-summer hot list: Honorable William Wall Clubhouse

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Where to hang out before the end of summer

Honorable William Wall Clubhouse

  • Price band: 1/4

The Manhattan Sailing Club’s floating barge anchors just north of Ellis Island, to give members and—as of recently—the public a platform to watch races (Tue–Thu) and drink in spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline. A boat speeds you from Battery Park to the waterborne bar to sip beer, mojitos, white-wine sangria and Mount Gay rum-and-tonics ($6–$12). Although unless you’re an old sea dog, don’t drink like a fish—the barge bobs and rocks. Simple snacks are available, but visitors are welcome to bring a picnic. While the club will accept walk-ups if it can, it’s best to book tickets; berths have been selling out up to a week in advance.

  1. North Cove Marina, 385 South End Ave, (between Albany and Liberty Sts), 10280
  2. Tue–Fri 5:30–10pm, Sat 3–10pm; through October
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August Nights

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  • Free

If you’re a late riser who craves shaved ice and handmade jewelry, listen up. The Hester Street Fair is extending its hours through Labor Day weekend. The market’s stellar vendors remain, but a new setup moves the picnic tables to the center of the space to create a beer garden—with Dock’s Eatery serving brews and wine—and a dance floor so you can boogie to bands and guest DJs from downtown club Santos Party House and chichi lounge Le Baron.

  1. Hester St, (at Essex St), 10002
  2. Sat noon–10pm, through Aug 31
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Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pop-Up Pool

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  • Free

This 60-person, 3.5-foot-deep swimming hole reopened in June, offering timed 45-minute slots. Wristbands are given out 30 minutes before sessions start, with the line forming even earlier. Thankfully, artisanal beverage makers Lizzmonade have set up across from the entrance, serving bites and made-to-order, fruit-infused lemonade to keep you cool while you wait. Once the pool closes, grab a glass of sangria, craft beer or wine from the concession stand, and hang out in the adjacent sandy spot (10am–11pm), which sports beach umbrellas, tables, occasional bocce and trivia nights (Tue 8pm).

  1. Main St, (at Fulton Ferry Landing), 11201
  2. Daily 10am–6pm, through Sept 2
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Marina @ Pier 57

  • Free

This run-down wharf will be a mob scene in 2015, once redevelopment has added a rooftop park and made a market out of shipping containers. But for now, the expansive raw space is a cool, shady refuge from the Hudson River Park crowds. Its pop-up mini mall features wares from the likes of tees, bikes and boards purveyor North Brooklyn Collective, and grub by Takumi Taco, Tiny Empire juices and Fletcher’s Brooklyn BBQ. Take your treats to the strip of picnic tables on the water, then head back inside for a no-wait, gratis game of Ping-Pong. Every Saturday (5–7pm, through Aug 24), cultural collective NYCFiveHundred hosts performances such as opera singer David Cronin (Aug 24), who is joined by a pianist and a beat-boxer.

  1. West Side Hwy, (between 14th and 15th Sts)
  2. Tue–Thu 11am–8pm, Fri 11am–9pm, Sat–Sun 9am–9pm; tThrough early November
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LIC Flea & Food

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  • Free

Although this new market may not be as expansive as the all-conquering Brooklyn Flea, it does offer a chance to browse dozens of food, craft, jewelry and antique vendors’ wares with minimal crowd-battling. Must-see stands include cool-treat purveyor Ice Riders, which uses a bicycle to power an ice crusher; Burger Garage, home of the $6 gourmet patty; and quirky-cute T-shirt and jewelry vendor Vintage Robot. A shuttle service departs from the Hunter’s Point South East River Ferry terminal at 11am and 1pm, to save you the ten-minute walk to the market.

  1. Queens
  2. Sat, Sun 10am–6pm
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The Pool at King & Grove Williamsburg

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

This recently renovated boutique hotel’s buzzy new restaurant from Michelin-starred chef Paul Liebrandt, The Elm—and it’s complimentary rooftop bar, Upper Elm—might be turning heads, but don’t let the summer end without a dip in their 4,800 square-foot saltwater pool, one of the largest private options in the city. The swimming hole’s tiled deck and wooden sun loungers and bleachers accomodate 150 bathers; so we recommend booking in advance and arriving early to lay your complimentary towel down and settle in for the day, snacking on Liebrandt’s light-bite menu. Alternatively, pony up to reserve a two-person sun bed (Mon–Thu $250, Fri–Sun $275) and swan in at your leisure to pop the bottle of Chandon that’s included in the price.

  1. 160 North 12th St, (between Bedford Ave and Berry St)
  2. Daily 11am–9pm
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Lounge at Pod 39 Hotel

In balmy weather, midtown partygoers and backpack-lugging budget travelers alike can be found atop this Murray Hill hotel. Red brick and lofty arches lend Spanish flair to the outdoor terrace, which boasts spectacular views of the Empire State Building. Bar nibbles from April Bloomfield’s Salvation Taco, such as gazpacho ($8) or chips and fresh guac ($11), are also available. Sip a Salvation Margarita ($13), a mix of Pueblo Viejo Blanco tequila, fresh lime juice and Combier triple sec, rimmed with a zingy guajillo chili salt; or opt for a Devil’s Plaything ($8), a citrusy IPA produced exclusively for the eatery by Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.

  1. 145 E 39th St, (between Lexington and Third Aves)
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