Things to Love Summer 2012

Need ideas of cool things to do when it’s hot out? MSLK has once again compiled an eclectic list of things to love to fill your weekend and staycation itineraries. There’s still over a month of summer left, so if you haven’t gotten to explore all that NYC has to offer, time’s a-wastin’.

Summer Screenings With A Spectacular View
Clear your Thursday nights! Now in its 13th season, Brooklyn Bridge Park is offering free film screenings at sunset every Thursday through August 30th. If you can arrive early, DJs from Brooklyn Radio kick off the evening, followed by curated short films by BAMcinématek. What’s better than picnicking under the nighttime sky while watching one of your favorite movies against the Manhattan skyline?


Hydrate in Style
If you’re familiar with our eco-art installation, Watershed, you know that MSLK absolutely despises plastic water bottles. A great alternative is stainless steel, and the online store Cafe Press allows you to create a fully customized bottle that you’ll be proud to sport around.


Shopping within Salvaged Shipping
As eco-conscious designers, we are big fans of inventive repurposing feats. Enter Dekalb Market, a new flea market in Downtown Brooklyn housed inside a group of salvaged shipping containers. The market’s mission is to provide economic opportunities for creative entrepreneurs in four categories: Makers, Artists, Farmers, and Chefs. It is truly a unique destination where you’ll find extremely cool and tasty stuff.


Module R
At MSLK, we love BIG IDEAS. Module R is a cross between a gallery and a store, located on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. They sell a wide variety of useful products unified by a singular idea: everything is modular. All products can be stacked, nested,  and reconfigured to easily fit within any modern lifestyle.


Cloud City
Speaking of modules, artist Tomás Saraceno has created an installation of interconnected modules out of transparent and reflective materials. It’s on view at one of our favorite summer destinations, the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Visitors can walk through the structure and experience a unique spatial transformation.


Free Performances at the Bandshell
Now in its 34th year, the Bandshell at Prospect Park is offering an amazing variety of unique free performances from up & coming and established artists. Contemporary, ballet, hip hop, Latin Jazz, and experimental Indie Rock… surely you’ll find something to enjoy.


Ices and Lobster Tail
For the best, not-too-sweet ices outside of Italy, there’s only one place you need to go: The Court Pastry Shop in Cobble Hill. It’s extremely cheap (only $2 for a small) and on the weekends, they’re offering their famous lobster tail pastries (which we recommend before the ices).
298 Court Street, Brooklyn NY 11231 (map)


Socratic Fitness
Once again, Socrates Sculpture Park is offering a variety of free outdoor exercise classes on Saturdays and Sundays, including Yoga and Tai Chi. We are keen on taking their Capoeira class — a centuries-old Brazilian martial art that combines with dance and music. And for the truly adventurous, there’s also a kayaking class.


Graphic Design—Now in Production
As discerning designers,  we are critical of anything relating to our field. We are pleased to have only great things to say about this gem of an exhibition, curated by the Cooper Hewitt in collaboration with the Walker Arts Center. On view at Building 110 at Governor’s Island, it is a perfect snapshot of the field of graphic design over the past decade, showcasing a wide variety of work across every major sector of the industry.