Before we say hello to fall, let’s reflect on some of the hot town fun we had this summer (and share some tips to extend the season just a little bit longer).
S – Splishing and splashing. What with all the floating barges and free pools (including the Olympic-sized Astoria Park pool), the city nearly begged us to hang out in our bathing suits all summer. Krate local fave: We always look forward to Moma PS1′s YAP annual summer exhibition. This year’s installation, Pole Dance, features misters and a wading pool. Hurry, it closes today, Friday 9/6.
U – Under the Milky Way. It’s our favorite place to catch an oldie but goody on the big screen. Though we don’t have drive-ins, we do have free movies in the park. Jason is lucky enough to live across from one of the venues. Krate local (ish) fave: Spread the boroughly love and enjoy one last movie under the stars: The Life Aquatic, 9/7, Valentino Pier, Brooklyn.
MM - m, mmm, mmm. We always bookend our summers with leggy crustaceans. We start the season with soft shell crabs and a late August visit to Long Beach, punctuated with lobster rolls from Jordan’s Lobster Farms, marks the end. Krate local fave: No need to say good-bye to this summer ritual because Sage puts a lobster roll on their specials menu every Friday.
E – Eating outside. Food just tastes better in the open air, doesn’t it? And an al fresco brew or glass of wine, kind of makes us feel like we’re breaking the law. Krate local fave: Skip the beer gardens and head to LIC Bar. An evening in the garden at our dog friendly watering hole is never complete without a prosciutto and arugula pie ordered in from Bella Via.
R – Rising with the sun. Some of us at Krate are morning people and getting up with the sun is our equivalent to a cup of joe. But as the summer fades, so does that bit of early am sunlight that gets us going. Krate local fave: For those rainy days, grab your cuppa at the Stumptown brewing Sweetleaf.
Here at the Krate studio, all of our developers have migrated from iPhones to Androids. Though availability of apps leaves a bit to be desired (Sean is still waiting for a game worthy of downloading), here are five we find invaluable.
1) Google Goggles - Glenn eschews the more popular Barcode Scanner in favor of this visual search engine. His reasoning? Call me paranoid, but when I looked at all the permissions Barcode Scanner requires, it freaked me out. I just didn’t think it was necessary. He uses Goggles primarily for scanning QRs, but of course, can use it to photo and search virtually anything else he can think of.
2) Chrome to Phone – Use this app for its 1-click ability to push web content from your desktop to your Android. Jason’s application is mostly practical. He captures maps, directions and Yelp! reviews without the hassle of copy and paste. Quite the opposite, Glenn uses CtP as an ad hoc reader for articles and blog posts to browse during his subway ride home.
3) Latitude - Evidently, Jason has a very active social life with some very directionally challenged friends, because if you ask him about this real-time location tool, he’ll rattle off ten recent examples for why, when and how this app has improved his social life. Latitude automatically allows your friend list (and vice versa) to see your every move in real-time, so choose them wisely!
4) Gtask – Sean tried many task managers before settling on this one. He loves that it automatically syncs with all his Google Apps (Calendar, Mail, etc.), so there’s no need to export files or fuss with your mail client.
5) PDAnet - When DSL went down at the studio last week, everyone but our iPhone using leader was able to get online with this handy app. Bypassing your phone carrier’s $30 / month fee, PDAnet treats your Android as a modem, getting you online via a hard-wired USB connection.