11 July 2014

Summer in New York

Summer in New York goes like this:

1). Sweat miserably, hate everyone and wish you were rich enough to afford a beach house.


2). Sweat miserably, commiserate with everyone doing the same, and realize you're pretty freaking lucky to have a city full of awesome stuff to do at your fingertips.

I try my best to fall into that second camp. When I don't, I give myself an attitude check and go hide until I'm ready to be civil again (Happened yesterday. Over it now. Trashy tv & rosé helped).

Here's my personal city-themed summer bucket list for the remainder of Summer 2014:

Attend Yoga & Broadway lunch in Bryant Park (free!);
Visit Smorgasburg & the Brooklyn Flea (free entry);
Go kayaking on the East River via the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse (free!);
Stroll the Highline and lick a popsicle to beat the heat (free!);
Have drinks at a rooftop bar;
Take the train out to Coney Island for a day at the boardwalk;
Shakespeare in the Park--King Lear runs July 22-August 17th--(free!);
Sunset sail on the Hudson;
Visit the MET and go for cocktails at the Roof Garden Café;
Check out the colorful Jeff Koons exhibit at the Whitney;
Sample craft beer on a Brooklyn Brewery tour (free tours on Saturdays!);
Catch an outdoor nighttime movie at one of the many screening locations around the city (free!);
Attend the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor's Island;
Eat pie at Four & Twenty Blackbirds & drink iced coffee at Bluebird or Crosby Coffee;
Be a glutton at The Chocolate Room;
Take a trapeze class.

New York, I love you.

P.S. 21 Newly Opened Outdoor Dining Spots (Would love to check out Pier A Harbor House in Battery Park City) and Recommendations for Summer 2014 from the NY Times.


  1. I would LOVE to go to the Jazz Age Lawn Party!!!!

    How did you come up with your list? I want to make one for my city, but I want to know what my options happen to be.

    1. Hi Victoria,

      I've lived/worked in NY for 10 years, so I know it pretty well. I also subscribe to Timeout NY which lists events happening every week. Other local publications publish plenty of upcoming concerts/shows/restaurants as well. I would try googling your city with specifications such as "fun things to do in ____ during the summer" and I'm sure you'll find a few options.


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