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Reasons to Stay in the City for Memorial Day Weekend

Updated: May 29, 2010 10:33
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I relish three-day weekends, not just because of the time off, but generally there is a mass exodus from the city and I get to roam around a little bit more people free. For those of you who were like f this I’m outta here. I’m happy for you, but not when you have to endure any sort of public or private transportation getting back here on Monday. For you cool kids sticking around this weekend, there is plenty to keep you occupied this Sunday. But since I’m on “vacation” right now, I’m gonna keep this short and sweet.

Sunday Best

I already hyped the return of this party to Gowanus outdoor hot spot, BKYLN Yard recently, and this Sunday marks their big kickoff to the season.  Resident hosts Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin will be playing outdoor jams all day and sharing spinning duties with Michael Mayer, who’s flying in from Cologne for the occasion.  Feast on fresh tacos, huaraches, and an ungodly amount of sangria. Get there early because the RSVP list is filling up and they’ll close the doors when they reach capacity. You wouldn’t want to wear those hot pants in vain would you?

BKLYN Yard, 388-400 Carroll St, Between Bond & Nevins St [Gowanus] 3:00-8:00PM,
$8 with RSVP for 4:00pm

Zombie Crawl

George A Romero fans and the like will gather for the annual NY Zombie Crawl. Get zombified (and free pizza) at the Charleston in Williamsburg and then continue on to McCarren Park for other flesh-eating themed activities. Seek out other attractive undead at the Zombie Dance Party A Go-Go at the Knitting Factory to work on your best Thriller moves. And of course Zombie films will be projected all night.

The Charleston, 174 Bedford, Between N 7th & N 8th St [Williamsburg] 3:00-5:00PM FREE
Zombie Dance Party @ The Knitting Factory, 361 Metropolitan Ave, at Havemeyer St [Williamsburg] FREE before 8:00PM

Garbage Plate BBQ & International Sundays

Have you noticed a booze and BBQ theme yet? Oh good, cause that’s what being an American is all about. They might as well put a McRib Sandwich on the $1 bill.  Another contender for your Sunday time is this whiskey, food, vintage showcase, and dance party smorgasbord taking place at Sweet Revenge all day. From 3:00pm-4:00am,  there’s all you can eat BBQ (really?), DJ’s inside and in the new Tiki bar in the backyard, and a traveling vintage show so they can pry away your money in your inebriated state. They might as well throw in a puppet show for good measure, just to round things out.

Sweet Revenge, 348 Franklin Ave at Lexington Ave [Bedstuy] 3:00pm-4:00am, FREE

Photo Courtesy of: RiverBills

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Laura S - Spendthrift Scribe

Laura S - Spendthrift Scribe

Laura S, left the "sixth borough" three years ago to settle in Brooklyn. After working at some daily rags, she now does writing on the side but still eats more Ramen then necessary. When she's not moving residences every 6 months, eating her way through every neighborhood, and trying every microbrew known to man, she is unsuccessfully rediscovering home economics. With her binging days behind her, she's now exploring new projects and rediscovering the city that she loves (although is still prone to sliding on her knees during a Prince karaoke set).