Fleet Week began yesterday here in New York. So for the rest of the long Memorial Day weekend, thousands of sailors will make Manhattan their personal playground. And we couldn’t be more jealous. Which is why we put together this handy civilian guide for enjoying New York Fleet Week like a sailor, even though you’re not.
1) Rent a costume.
While it’s technically a crime to impersonate a member of the military (and we definitely don’t endorse it), convincing dress whites and a “dixie cup” cap are your key to a world of on-the-house drinks and entertainment. Creative Costume Company is a good place to start.
2) Show up.
Rudy’s on 9th Avenue is perfectly situated near the West Side piers, has free hot dogs (call them “rollers”), and will be hopping with sailors and their admirers. The Plaza Hotel’s Oak Room usually hosts Navy parties all week. Yankee Stadium offers comped tickets to anyone in uniform.
3) Get ink.
Sailors love tattoos, so print up temporaries and make sure to give each one a good story. “This tattoo of a surfing taco? I got it from a one-eyed gypsy on liberty in Roda.”
4) Drop some Navy slang.
Alpha Mike Foxtrot: See ya later!
The Gouge: The word on the street.
Liberty:Free time away from the ship.
Liberty Lunatic: A sailor who enjoys Fleet Week a little too much.
Soup Sandwich: A situation that is totally out of control.
Turn and Burn: Hurry up.
5) Never talk politics.
Talking to military personnel about politics is like asking someone if their mom is hot. It’s inappropriate.
6) Drink beer.
While a Dark and Stormy is delicious, it’s a cocktail for people who sail yachts, not battleships.
Have a great weekend!