Mister Softee Ice cream Truck
in the city is kind of great. I know a lot of people disagree, but it’s quiet and there’s a ton of things to do. The fact that there’s a lot going on isn’t a total shock seeing as this is New York, but for whatever reason, it’s easy for me to not take full advantage of all the city has to offer. Time Out New York did an article on things to do in the summer here and below is an edited list of some of what New York’s got going on.
Bryant Park HBO Summer Film Festival
Every Monday, there’s the HBO Summer Film Festival in BryantPark. The lawn opens at 5pm (gravel area at 4pm). Entrance is only permitted on the 6th Avenue side. The witchcraft kiosk serves food, but I’m sure it’s a total zoo, so order ahead of time by going online www.wichcraftnyc.com or calling 212.780.0577.
Picnics in the park is one of my favorite things to do and there tons of places. Time Out New York has provided a list of their favorite parks and check out some spots to pick up food if you don’t feel like preparing a meal.
The High Line Park
The High Line. Kind of a no brainer and because it recently opened, it’s kind of hectic. Regardless, it’s worth grabbing a La Newyorkina popsicle and wondering around.
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
There’s free music every Thursday at Lincoln Center in the David Rubenstein Atrium, concerts start at 8:30. Here’s the calendar.
SummerStage offers events at parks throughout the five boroughs. It’s the biggest free performing arts festival. Acts range from concerts to theater and everything in between. The festival runs from June 7th – September 2nd , lines are crazy, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time.
Union Square Greenmarket
The Union Square Greenmarket is a total favorite of mine. I can walk around there for hours. They have everything from fresh produce to homemade pretzels. It’s open Monday, Wednesay, Friday, and Saturday from 8am – 6pm. Click here to learn more.
Hester Street Fair, Shaved Ice Shop
Starting in the spring, street fairs pop up all over the city. One that runs every Saturday from 10am-6pm and is worth checking out is the Hester Street Fair. Lots of delicious ways to indulge and unique goods to buy.
Head to the Brooklyn Flea to see some of the best local talent. It’s really hard to leave empty handed or hungry. With all of the great food options, plan to eat the day a way.
Midday Martini at the Met
Time Out New York mentioned having a drink at the Met’s roof garden. Apparently the Midday Martini, which consists of coconut rum, mango and pineapple juice is the perfect summer cocktail. It certainly sounds like it is! Oh, and the Anthony Caro exhibit is up there too.
Okay, this list just touches on it. Of course there are countless restaurants with outdoor seating, ferries and trains to beaches like the SeaStreak that goes to Sandy Hook. Museums, amazing shopping, boat rides, MoMA PS 1, and a ton more. It is New York afterall.
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