10 July 2012

New York Summer: The List

New York City is bursting at the seams with awesome stuff to do in the summer. I always feel like the season passes and I'm left blinking stupidly in its wake. So, this year, my sister and I decided to show our city the love and attention she deserves (and also spend some quality time together).

Behold, our NYC Summer list! Several of these are old favorites but many are things I've never done in my eight years here. We'll try to tackle them all, but if not, there's always next summer, right? Links provided for further details & specifics:

Kayaking on the Hudson river (free!);
Bastille Day celebration on 60th street;
Visit every single spot on this NY Times list: Best Coffee in NYC;
Outdoor movie screening in Bryant Park (free!)
Brooklyn Heights Promenade (carousel, ice cream factory) + East River ferry ride back;
SyFy Thursday Night Movies with a View in Brooklyn Bridge Park (free!);
Hudson River sunset sail;
Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island;
Shakespeare in the Park (free!)
Top of the rock;
Broadway Lunch in Bryant Park (free!)
Day Trip to Coney Island;
Central Park SummerStage (free!)
Stroll the High Line Park & go out for brunch in Chelsea;
Visit the Brooklyn Flea, Hell's Kitchen Flea & Antiques Garage flea markets;
Broadway Show (we're jonesin' to see Book of Mormon);
New York Philharmonic Orchestra Concert in the Park (free!)
Hester Street Fair in the East Village;
Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center;
Charlie Parker Jazz Festival (free!)
Brooklyn Brewery Tour;
Cocktails, seafood & live music at The Frying Pan;
Roofgarden exhibit at the MET;
Rowboats in Central Park;
Cheese & beer class at Murray's Cheese Shop;

P.S. 101 (more!) things to do in NYC in the summer plus a list of free outdoor concerts. Yeah baby.

(Photo: Watercolor skyline by John Held Jr.)


  1. Hey girl!
    Big news on my side of the ocean! It turns out I may be heading your way (NY) this autumn. Just in time for Tiho's (and mine) Bday! :) sooo I was wondering what can I do in NYC in October. I am also looking for a place to stay! If you can advise on that tooo, it' will be great! I might prefer to stay somewhere close to your place (just to fight a bit the overwhelming-ness of NYC) :). And it will probably be cheaper, right?
    Anyhow, I have a ton of things to learn about NYC! And since it's my first trip to the US altogether, I am thoroughly excited!
    Do you have an autumn list to share? (and also some free time to spare for me) :) :) :) I would love to see you guys (probably I'll stay for a whole week). So I am hoping you'll both have sometime for me.

  2. Wow this list proves how awesome living in NYC is...so many free fabulous events! Have fun checking them off!

  3. Okay, I officially HAVE to come back now! That is one awesome list.

  4. This is the most amazing list–how I wish I was back on the East Coast right now!!

  5. Officially wanting to book a summer trip to NYC now! Also, can we talk about how divine this watercolour is? Amaze.

  6. I'm so glad you made this list! You've given me so many ideas for my trips into the city. I just wish I were there on some Thursday night so I could see one of those SyFy movies (love me some science fiction).


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