Summer begun in earnest in New York this weekend with the weather seemingly just waiting for the calendar-official change of season to go from unseasonably cool to consistently over 80. In addition to the official first day of summer, it was also my first official summer Friday, giving me an extra day of first summer weekend to enjoy. I spent as much of it outside as possible, which was made easier by the surplus of free festivals and outdoor events that also come with summer of the city. Some of them were even in western Queens (in Astoria's fine neighbor: Long Island City)!
On Friday, after struggling through the first week of a contest at my gym and running through a volunteer obligation in Brooklyn, I went to a Summer Solstice festival in Socrates Sculpture Park, located just a few blocks from my first apartment in Astoria (well, not counting my two-month sublet when I had just moved). For some reason the main event at this solstice festival was Mexican wrestling. They also had free yoga classes and kayaking, although having just kayaked in Thailand on brilliant blue seas, I wasn't ready for the brackish sewage that passes for water in the East River. That said, I've kayaked here in the past without dying...so once the memories of Thailand have faded, I won't be too high and mighty to do it again.
|Brave kayakers taking on Hallets Cove.|
|Some kind of mixed media tapestry that anyone could add to. This picture was taken on my shitty phone, but it's almost like an Instagram filter, right?|
|Me as a lumberjack. Sort of.|
|The view from Brooklyn. Not quite as nice as the view from Queens, I suppose.|
|Hanging out on some weird wooden trampoline things. This is what summer is all about.|
|View of the UN building from Long Island City.|
|Sam enjoying a jerk chicken sandwich. He had the good sense to not have a huge breakfast.|