Friday, June 21, 2013

NYC Summer Guide 2013

Today is the first day of Summer - woo woo!! What better way to kick off the season then to share the top 10 things to do all around NYC - the ultimate guide to fun in the sun. I plan on attacking everything on the list below instead of sitting in front of the AC in my apartment avoiding the heat. What are some things that you like to do in the city in the summertime?

1. Grab your picnic essentials and head over to Bryant Park. Every Monday night, HBO presents their Summer Film Festival. Check out the list of movies playing this season. They always play the classics and this year I am looking forward to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and E.T.

2. Cool and refreshing feisty beverages should always be enjoyed outside in the summertime. The Boat Basin and The Frying Pan are the best outdoor drinking spots on the west side.

3. Two fabulous exhibits taking place this summer are the Rain Room at MOMA and PUNK: Chaos to Couture at the MET. These are two great escapes inside to avoid the heat, plus it is an added bonus of getting your culture fix in the city.

4. Everyone always loves a good bike ride in the summertime especially when the weather is sunny and a little breezy. Every Saturday and Sunday, head on over to Governors Island and go exploring with your bike. If you don't have a bike you can always rent one once you get to the island for a small fee for the day.

5. Shakespeare in the Park is one of the best experiences in the summertime. What's on the schedule this summer? Check out The Comedy of Errors and Love's Labour's Lost (a new musical). Get in line early and you will be able to snag free tickets or you can enter their virtual lottery online.

6. Just 1 hour outside of the city is Storm King Art Center. It is celebrated as one of the world's leading sculpture parks with just over 500 acres of fields, hills, and woodlands with more than 100 sculptures created by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time. Last year I was fortunate to spend a Saturday afternoon exploring the grounds and I highly recommend escaping to see this wonderful gem.

7. Every Saturday and Sunday head on over to Brooklyn and check out the Brooklyn Flea. These outdoor flea markets are located in Fort Green (Saturday) and Williamsburg (Sunday). The flea features hundreds of top vendors specializing in all things antique (re-purposed furniture, vintage clothing, and collectibles) and jewelry, art, and crafts by local artisans and designers, plus delicious fresh food.

8. Row, row, row your boat, gently do the [NY] stream. Check out the top places in the city to rent rowboats, paddleboats, and kayaks. I find this activity to be an adorable date  - so grab your companion of choice and head on out to the waters and enjoy the scenery.

9. Who doesn't love a free concert? Every summer, "Celebrate Brooklyn" at the Prospect Park Bandshell and enjoy free concerts when the sun goes down. This summer there are a wide variety of things to see at the bandshell. Anyone up for some ballet under the stars to see "Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo?"

10. Start your weekend early - every Thursday night, the Eventi Hotel sponsors Hester Nights  which is an artisanal food night market and the best place to sample some amazing food and drinks with friends under the stars.

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