“Despite the Heat, it will be Alright”
Summer in the City – The Lovin’ Spoonful
Although most New Yorkers flee the city in the summer for any bit of heat relief, there are some people who do choose to stay. These lucky locals are able to take advantage of New York City’s greatest attractions. Some even go as far as to label this as their “staycation.” It’s tough to plan a day full of activities on a budget though. Between transportation and entry fees, this “staycation” can end up costing more than a true vacation. Below is a list of 5 summer activities that are unique to New York City and won’t burden your budget!
Go to the Beach – Beach in NYC…what?! That’s right, Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk is only a subway ride away, as it is located in Queens. Whether you want to soak up the sun, ride the waves, or bike on the boardwalk, Rockaway Beach has activities for everyone. On top of that, the Boardwalk has a great lineup of food shacks and a bar! How to get there: A to Broad Channel, transfer to the S to Rockaway Park-Beach 116th St. For a complete guide to beaches for New Yorkers, check out this NYMag post.
Broadway in Bryant Park – Looking for something to do on your lunch break? Every Thursday from July 12 through August 16, Bryant Park hosts Broadway performances in the park. Cast members from a variety of popular shows perform while people enjoy the sun and munch on their lunch. It’s a great way to see a sneak peak of a Broadway show. Pack your lunch, meet a friend, and enjoy! How to get there: Take the 7, B, D, F or M to 42nd St/5th Ave – Bryant Park
Rooftop Films – One thing stands true of NYC residents…they love their rooftops. Rooftop restaurants and bars have become the “it” place to dine and hang out. Now we can all add one more rooftop to the list: Rooftop Films! Who wouldn’t want to watch a movie on a large projection screen with the NYC skyline in the background?! With venues all throughout NY, Rooftop Films will be showcasing 47 events, bringing over 200 films to a screen near you this summer. Check out the schedule
Summer Stage – The ever-so-popular SummerStage is back again! From June 5th through August 30th, Summer Stage provides on-stage performances in Central Park located at Rumsey Playfield. Most of these events are free; however, some of them require advance tickets. There’s a whole variety of shows for all types of music listeners and all age groups. It’s very surreal to be isolated from the chaos of the city and be able to enjoy a concert in the quaint nature of Central Park. It’s a New York City experience you truly don’t want to miss. Get tickets and schedule info
Street Fairs – Last, but not least; my favorite NYC adventure consists of walking through the street fairs. For some reason, I find the craziness of the street fairs to be somewhat calming. The combination of the carnival-like food stands and the random mini shops provides an afternoon of entertainment for natives and tourists alike. Find a street fair near you
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