A long, lazy weekend in the Ridge

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Send out the summer with a Labor Day weekend in the Ridge!

Technically, the summer does not end until Sept. 22, but Labor Day marks the end of an era — and we are already feeling blue about it. So for your first stop this weekend, take in some of the Delta blues from Tito Deler — also known as Harlem Slim — at a free Friday night performance at the Brooklyn Firefly (7003 Third Ave. at Ovington Avenue), starting at 10 pm. The musician’s instrument of choice is the steel body resonator guitar, and he will use it to play hits from his first album, “The Original Harlem Slim.”

On Saturday night, listen to a band that does not care about your feeling: the Heartless Band will play a free set of rock covers at the Greenhouse Café (7717 Third Ave. between 77th and 78th Streets), beginning at 10 pm.

On Monday, enjoy your day off by traveling to the Harp Bar (7710 Third Ave. between 77th and 78th streets) for one last barbecue of the summer. Grab a drink and head to the backyard beer garden, where the bartenders will be flipping burgers and grilling hot dogs from about 3 pm until 7 pm.

Once the last weekend of summer is over, distract your mind from dwelling on the beach days of yore by heading to Lock Yard (9221 Fifth Ave. between 92nd and 94th streets) for its weekly Wednesday night trivia night beginning at 8 pm. Enjoy the game with one of the bar’s 16 taps of craft beer on offer.

Or you can give your brain a rest and head back to the Greenhouse Café for dinner and your favorite throwback tunes with DJ Dave’s free weekly Wednesday karaoke night. The host will offer up more than 25,000 classic pop songs beginning at 8 pm. Just remember to tip your dee-jay and the bartender!

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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