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The Best Things to Do Before Summer Ends

The Best Things to Do Before Summer Ends


Don’t get too comfortable with the current weather. If you’re on the East Coast, you know we’re about to go from this:


To this:


Soon, the thought of warm weather will be, as Nelly put it best, “Just A Dream.” Have you done everything you’d planned to accomplish this summer? Even two things? Have you even eaten a hot dog? YOU HAVEN’T?!?

There’s still a lot going on before summer ends and the FOMO is real. September will be here in three days. I repeat, THREE DAYS. We’re making things easy for you with a list of crucial activities to get done before the season ends. Don’t let summer pass you by without checking at least three of these things off your list.


Get an amazing sandwich

At the Mass Appeal office we LOVE our sandwiches. Our design team happens to favor Alidoro and Rbbts Cafe (they make a great turkey sandwich).


The production team stays true to cheeseburgers and Philly cheesesteaks from Cafe Duke.


All of us though have a sweet spot for the great Italian bakery Parisi. Their “Dennis” sandwich makes us want to do unspeakable things. I mean, just look at it.


And now my personal favorite, the chicken parm sandwich from Parm NYC. This is the best of its kind.


Somehow get your hands on the infamous Cronut


At least once a day, every single day this summer, I have googled pictures of Cronuts. Finally, (with the help of Gene H. from TaskRabbit) I was able to acquire not one, but TWO Cronuts. Naturally, I brought them into the office and made my coworkers try them. We came to the executive decision that Cronuts are amazing. They’re dense, sweet, gooey, and worth every penny.

Eat everything in sight at Smorgasburg


Smorgasburg takes place in two locations every weekend: Saturdays at East River State Park (Kent Ave. and N. 7 St.) on the Williamsburg waterfront, and Sundays on the Dumbo waterfront, at the historic Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The locations alone are good enough reasons to go check out this food paradise.

What makes Smorgasburg different than other food markets? Mini cheesecakes, lobster rolls (pictured above), gourmet hot dogs, delicious doughnuts, and spicy Mexican corn, just to name a few. If you’re a foodie and you don’t make it to Smorgasburg this summer, you may live your life in regret. If you’re not a foodie, well, you’ll still probably have the same fate.

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Catch Budweiser’s “Made in America” Festival


With a lineup like Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, Phoenix, A$AP Rocky, Calvin Harris, Wiz Khalifa and others, there’s really no better way to spend your Labor Day weekend. Prices for tickets range from $99 to $499. The festival is only in its second year, so if you haven’t checked it out, now is the time. Plus, let’s not forget about all the food trucks (drool).

Dance the night away at SummerStage


SummerStage takes place every summer at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. They have almost every performance you can imagine from classical, to rap, to electronic music. Hop on the subway and catch a ride to the Upper East Side. You won’t be disappointed.

See Drake at Barclays


It’s not exactly during the summer, but on October 28th at 7 p.m. you can catch Drizzy tearing it up at Brooklyn’s own Barclays Center (with Future and Miguel as the openers). Tickets are available now, and you best hurry. Oh, and bring a date, I have a feeling it’ll get romantic.


Go to the US Open


To reiterate, it will not be warm for long. If you’re not the “festival type,” the US Open is taking place at Arthur Ashe Stadium, which is located in Flushing Meadows, Queens. Prices for tickets range from $40 – $1,000. This is a great opportunity for the lazy type, who like to sit and relax, but still want to be entertained. Hop on the 7 train for the most direct route from NYC. C’mon, you know you want to watch Serena dominate the competition.

Paddleboard in the Hudson River


Initially, I was joking, but after typing it into Google, I’ve learned that people actually can (and do) go paddleboarding in the Hudson river. These people are called “RiverWalkers.” You can become a “RiverWalker” by going to this website and signing up for a rental or a lesson.

Dance with random people in Union Square

Let’s be honest, it’s almost almost impossible to walk by Union Square during one of the famous summer dance parties and not want to stop and see what’s going on. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Head to Union Square between 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. on any summer day. This is what you will find.

.Union Dance

If this isn’t happening, there is usually a performance going on. Get involved!!! Let your hair down.


Go to Coney Island and ride the Cylcone

The Cyclone has been around since 1927, and you most likely haven’t. Our beloved Coney Island has fully recovered and been restored from Hurricane Sandy, just in time for this summer. Don’t let it go to waste! Go before this season ends and Coney Island looks like this:




Have a picnic with Miguel in Central Park


Okay, so Miguel may not be able to make it, but I’m sure you can play his music and pretend he’s there, right? This summer you absolutely cannot forget to hit up Central Park. It is an amazing place for a perfect summer picnic. There are always fun games going on, and nothing but sunshine.

Take Molly and go to the Aquarium with The Fat Jew

You may know The Fat Jew from his absurd videos and his hysterical tweets:


While it may seem impossible to access a moment of his time due to his massive following, there is hope. In fact, The Fat Jew himself actually wrote on my Facebook wall about doing just that.


September brings October and before you know it, it’s December. Then guess what? It’s winter, and you’re pale and fat.

Summer will last longer if you do these things. Trust me. Do them. Now.

Lindsey keeps it almost too real on Twitter @lindzmetz and for some good old food porn, check her Instagram, also @lindzmetz – HOLLA!
  • MC

    yes please, to all of this

  • basic

    This list looks pretty basic to me. You picked out celebs who have been on Top40 numerous times and you’re promoting drug use. You even called it Molly. Funny, when I was doing it, it was called X. Following the Molly trend is so “basic.”