Your Perfect Weekend In NYC — Straight Ahead!

Photo: Courtesy of New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.
We live for the weekend. So, this summer, we're sharing the epic destinations that are filling up our 48 hours of uninterrupted freedom in this new series, Urban Tripping. Get inspired, and then show us your own #Epic48 weekend snaps on Instagram.
There's nothing like summertime plans in the city. It's the only season when shamelessly dumping our paycheck on endless BBQs, another swimsuit, and getaway car rentals is totally acceptable — and completely worth it. But, since we can't be beaching on Fire Island every weekend, we're all about going local with our adventure in the urban playground that is NYC.
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So, we teamed up with Secret's Destinations and Scent Expressions Collections to bring you nine of our favorite summer activities — all of which you can do while staying pleasantly fragrant and feeling fresh despite the overbearing heat. And, since not all adventures require serious cash, these activities are both nearby and dirt cheap. Oh, that sweet, delicate dance between maximum fun and minimum funds — we're grooving to it ahead.
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Photo: Courtesy of Seaport Music Festival.
Seaport Music Festival
Price: Free

If you're looking for music's heavy hitters, you might want to try Central Park SummerStage and Prospect Park Bandshell. But, if you're like us and want to know more about indie music's emerging darlings like Torres, The Casket Girls, and Boogarins, the Seaport Music Festival on Friday evenings is the right place to be. Free tunes start at 7 p.m., the perfect hour to watch the night slowly befall the picturesque East River. Now, that's what we call a TGIF.

Seaport Music Festival at South Street Seaport, downtown Manhattan; no phone.
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Photo: Courtesy of Smorgasburg.
Smorgasburg
Price: Whatever you spend on food!

Kimchi-and-seaweed-topped hot dogs, Mexican hoagies that require both hands, hibiscus-flavored doughnuts, butter-soaked lobster rolls, and oh so much more — THIS is how Brooklyn does a smorgasbord. Skip the brunch wait and follow your nose to the East River State Park for an aromatic international food fair that will tantalize your senses. With 100 vendors set up every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the only challenge with getting fueled up for the weekend is actually deciding what to eat.

Smorgasburg at East River State Park, 90 Kent Avenue (at N. 7th Street), Brooklyn; no phone.
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Photo: Courtesy of the Kobal Collection at Art Resource, NY.
Cabaret Cinema at the Rubin Museum of Art
Price: Free, if you donate a minimum of $10 at the front desk or spend $10 at the café or shop

Watching The Criterion Collection films on Hulu is very 21st century and all, but truly nothing feels more romantic and immersive than catching these classics the way they were meant to be viewed — on the great silver screen. After browsing the Rubin Museum, get in line at the Cabaret Cinema every Friday night at 9:30 for a taste of old Hollywood. Keep checking the calendar for the complete throwback lineup, which includes thought-provoking movies like Woody Allen's The Sleeper, the John Cromwell-adapted Of Human Bondage, and the U.K. flick Black Narcissus (pictured here).

Cabaret Cinema at the Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street (between Sixth and Seventh avenues); 212-620-5000.
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Photo: Courtesy of the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art/Sean P. Sweeney.
Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
Price: $6 adults, $4 students and seniors

Full disclosure: Getting to this Zenned-out zone may be more of a trek, but the journey here — via the free Staten Island ferry and the S74 bus — will be worth your time. That's because the museum, which resembles a small Himalayan mountain monastery, is meant to be experienced in absolute context. It unassumingly sits atop Lighthouse Hill, one of the highest points along the Eastern Seaboard, which means its breathtaking location is the most "away from the city" you can get without actually leaving it. Serenity now, please.

Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, 338 Lighthouse Avenue, Staten Island; 718-987-3500.
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Photo: Courtesy of New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.
McCarren Park Pool
Price: Free

Well, isn't this quite the aquatic sanctuary? Situated at the border of Williamsburg and Greenpoint in northern Brooklyn, this Olympic-sized pool is large enough to exercise mermaid maneuvers and small enough to keep track of friends. Bring your own bathing suit, a lock (very important), and a towel for an afternoon of sunbathing and splash-happy fun — at zero dollars, courtesy of the city. Don't get deterred by the long line: It moves quickly.

McCarren Park Pool, 776 Lorimer Street (between Bayard Street and Driggs Avenue), Brooklyn; 718-965-6580.
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Photo: Courtesy of MoMA PS1/Charles Roussel.
MoMA PS1 Warm Up
Price: $18 to $20 ticket, also includes admission to museum

Rev up your cultural Saturdays at MoMA PS1 — the rambunctious, alternative younger sister of Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art — in Long Island City. Think of the admission fee as a two for one: Imbibe the best in unorthodox contemporary artwork, cleverly exhibited inside the former public school. And, then, head to the courtyard for the thumping Warm Up dance party. The summer series draws the biggest little names in experimental sound and electronica, hand-selected by an indie-music committee. Warm Up reminds you to turn down for absolutely no one.

MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City; 718-784-2084.
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Photo: Courtesy of Magnet Theater.
Comedy at the Magnet Theater
Price: Free to $10

Want to see live comedy à la Saturday Night Live? Even if you can't get into 30 Rock, Manhattan rolls deep in the comedy game. It's peppered with intimately cozy and affordable clubs that let you get all your chortles on. Peep the packed schedule of Magnet for a night of interactive improv and sketch comedy, where individual shows start at the great price of F-R-E-E and cap off at $10.

Magnet Theater, 254 West 29th Street (at Eighth Avenue); 212-244-8824.
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Photo: Courtesy of Bryant Park Corporation.
HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival
Price: Free

Weekends give us a blast, sure, but having something to look forward to on Monday is a real blessing. Gather up your buds and pick a grassy spot on the Bryant Park lawn every Monday around 7 p.m. That's when there's a free movie screening hosted by HBO. Old-school refreshers like The Karate Kid and classic psycho thrillers like The Shining are sure-fire chillers, even in the thick-of-summer haze.

Bryant Park, midtown Manhattan, between 40th and 42nd streets & Fifth and Sixth avenues; no phone.
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Photo: Courtesy of Malcom Pinckney.
Rockaway Beach
Price: Free

It's radical where a single subway ride on the A train can take you. The long stretch of sandy beaches at the Rockaways is a must-visit for locals and visitors alike. Stash plenty of snacks, a small iPod dock, and a beach blanket to lay on, and you're set for hours — it's the perfect day trip away from the pavement, buildings, and the cruel reminder of the daily grind. But, be warned: We guarantee you'll want to return every single weekend. We hear that the great ocean can have that effect on the human soul.

The Rockaways, Beach 3 Street to Beach 153 Street and Boardwalk to Atlantic Ocean, Queens; no phone.
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