It's a beautiful mid-70s October day here in New York City (just uh, put the larger context of that fact out of your mind), and that can mean only one thing: time to grab your best girl and go get some ice cream. You COULD pay full freight for it, but you've got another option today: head to the new Van Leeuwen shop on the Lower East Side and pay just a single dollar for a cone. Yeah, do that.

It all works pretty simply. To celebrate the opening of their seventh store in New York City, Van Leeuwen will be selling scoops for just one dollar each from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today. Okay so there's one catch, which is that the new LES spot (at 172 Ludlow Street) is a no-cash store, so you'll have to pay with a credit card or debit card. Wow! The future is here and it will track your every move! Better than Skynet killing us all I guess? Maybe.

Anyway, as long as you're headed to the LES to grab some ice cream, can you get me a cone of the organic black sesame/coconut ash/chocolate cake? Just one of you? Come on, you're outside enjoying a beautiful day and I'm sitting here blogging and telling you where the cheap ice cream is.

(And for other days when ice cream isn't just a dollar, be sure to check out any one of our picks for the best ice cream in the city.)