June 27, 2014

5 Things to Do in NYC this Summer

Things to Do in NYC

There’s something special about summers in New York City. Sure, it gets pretty hot and muggy and sometimes you feel like your face might melt off, but that’s NYC for you. You take the good with the bad. Some of my very best memories happened during summers in the city. Below are a few of the ways I plan on spending my time…

Things to Do in NYC Governors Island
1. GOVERNORS ISLAND: now open 7 days a week, Governors Island is one of the the most underrated destinations when visiting (or living in) NYC. There are a ton of things to do: hammock lounging, biking, eating, history lessons, sports…etc. Also, if you’re around the weekend of August 16th, there’s the incredibly fun Jazz Age Lawn Party. Definitely planning to go since I missed the last one. Here’s how to easily get there.
Things to Do in NYC Beach

2. THE BEACH: It’s not a real summer without multiple visits to the beach.The Rockaways: I might be biased to the Rockaways since that’s where I grew up, but regardless, this is my favorite Beach in NYC. Whether you’re driving or taking the train, pack your bathing suit, sunscreen and plan to spend the day! Don’t forget to stop by Rockaway Taco (cash only and the fish tacos and plantains are my fav) while you’re out there. That’s reason enough to come!

Coney Island: As quintessential Brooklyn as it gets. Nathan’s hot dogs, The Cyclone rollercoaster, funnel cakes, baseball games and of course, the actual beach. Oh and love that Beyonce’s XO video was filmed here.
Things to Do in NYC

3. ROOFTOPS: good friends or a hot date, spending a warm summer night on a NYC rooftop is the best. While there are a lot, my personal favorites are:
{Jimmy at the James}: a bit swanky with incredible views in the city. If you’re able to get here before the work crowd settles in (4-5PM), I highly recommend doing so! You’ll be able to snatch a seat and get comfy for some great people watching.
 {Met Roof Garden & Martini Bar}: easily, one of my favorite ways to spend the day is to go and hang out at the Met and end up on their incredible roof garden bar, which has the best views of Central Park.
{The Skylark} I love getting a little dolled up and coming to this space for a great ambiance, the best views of The Empire State Building and some tasty cocktails! My favorite is the Aztec Empire, which includes tequila, cumin liqueur, chocolate bitters, cinnamon, red jalapeño & lime.
Things to Do in NYC Queen of the Night

4. QUEEN OF THE NIGHT: from the same creators as Sleep No More, Queen of the Night is another amazing experience. I don’t want to give too much away, since that defeats the whole purpose, but if you’re a person that’s open-minded, who’s up for an incredibly fun, sexy, theatrical night filled with plenty of food and drinks,  I cannot recommend it enough. Tickets are steep ($175 each for VIP – which is the way to go), but look at it this way, that’s about the same amount you’d spend on dinner and a show. Come early, come hungry and come dressed up!

Okay, maybe not a real summer activity, but since it’s newish and going on through the summer, I had to put it on here. Get your tickets here
Things to Do in NYC
{image via Infinite Legroom}
5. EAT & DRINK: last, but certainly not least, I plan on trying a ton of places from my ‘must try’ list. Among the top are Claudette, a new Provencal  restaurant in the West Village.  Narcissa in the East Village, which I’ve had the pleasure of having drinks and appetizers at, but have yet to have dinner at. And for something sweet, Hay Rosie Ice Cream in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. My friend recently went and deemed it her new favorite. Apparently there’s a sriracha popcorn flavor!
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