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10 Must Do Things During a New York City Summer

Hit the street during the HEAT

Hot town, summer in the city! Now that it’s almost time to ditch the bulky winter jacket and hit the town half-naked; we’ve got a great list of amazing things to do in New York City over the summer. Whether you’re new to town or just visiting — a number of great activities offer themselves to the city as the dawn of the warmer months approaches.

So grab your Yankees (or Mets) hat, a comfortable pair of shoes, and head out into the Big Apple for the best summer of your life. Now all you have to decide is to wine & dine, hike and bike, or post up at the beach all day. The choice is yours in this oyster of a world we all live in. Just get out of that tiny, overpriced apartment and celebrate the 5 boroughs the way they were meant to be… Alive & Outside!

Yankees Game

There’s little other reason for you to ever visit the Bronx other than a Yankees home game. And if the Yanks game is during the day, it usually means it’s a weekend game. Take a quick trip to the Bronx to celebrate the most historic sports franchise in American History inside the House that Steinbrenner built. They may even make the playoffs again this year.

Yankee Stadium
1 E 161st Street
Bronx, NY 10451

Penthouse 808

Located at the top of Long Island City’s Ravel Hotel you’ll find Penthouse 808, “a 9,500 square-foot indoor/outdoor rooftop restaurant, lounge and events space that offers breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline and Queensboro Bridge.” Serving up delicious Asian Pacific bistro and tasty cocktails along with its stunning sites, Penthouse 808 is available year-round for any occasion.

Penthouse 808
8-08 Queens Plaza S
Long Island City, NY 11101
Tel. (718) 289-6118
Website

Manhattan by Sail

For the past 30 years, the folks at Manhattan by Sail have been taking people sailing around New York Harbor. Known as Manhattan by Sail since 2000, the boat adventure offers two ships — the Clipper City Tall Ship and Shearwater Classic Schooner — and an array of sailing activities. Whether you want to drink and relax aboard the sailboat, or actually be a laboring member of the crew, Manhattan by Sail offers it all. And I literally mean it ALL as they also “cater to whiskey connoisseurs, beer enthusiasts, host unique burlesque events, offer onboard brunch, nights filled with jazz and everything in between.”

Manhattan by Sail
Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel
New York, NY 10004
Tel. (212) 619-6900
Website

Rockaway Beach

Spending the day at Rockaway Beach is always a great summer option. Heck, even The Ramones — five guys you would never think to see at the beach — wrote a song about it. Located on the Rockaway Peninsula in the borough of Queens, Rockaway Beach is what many would refer to as the South Shore of Long Island. To this day, Rockaway Beach not only stands as New York City’s favorite beach, but it’s also the largest urban beach in the United States. Check it out on a particularly warm day this summer.

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Always an oldie, but a goodie — take a walk down one of the oldest cable-stayed/suspension bridges in the United States, the 132-year-old Brooklyn Bridge. Also around the historic bridge you can visit the Brooklyn Bridge Park, where various free events are held each year. And for those with younger children, definitely check out Pier 6 and its multitude of free attractions including jungle gyms, Slide Mountain, Swing Valley, Sandbox Village, sand volleyball courts, and the Water Lab.

Brooklyn Bridge Park
2 Old Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Tel. (718) 222-9939
Website

Top of The Rock

70 floors above Rockefeller Center, you can take in the remarkable 360-degree city view offered from the Top of The Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center. With three indoor and outdoor viewing decks, the fluctuating perspectives are all part of John D. Rockefeller’s original vision. To this day, Rockefeller Center and the Top of The Rock Observation Deck are recognized as “his gifts to Manhattan – a place for locals and visitors to marvel at the city he loved.” Tickets range between $26 and $32.

Top of The Rock
30 Rockefeller Center
New York City, NY 10112
Tel. (212) 698-2000
Website

Lunch at La Birreria

When you get hungry, grab lunch or dinner at the Eataly rooftop restaurant and microbrewery, La Birreria. Offering the best craft beer and food under the stars and New York skyline, you’ll feel compelled to eat all of your summer meals here. La Birreria’s menu does a great job serving Italian family-style feasts that also feature some Austrian and German influences. Make sure to stop by this scenic rooftop setting booming with great food and beer before the season comes to an end.

La Birreria
Rooftop, 200 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10010
Tel. (212) 937-8910

Bike around Central Park

When in doubt, pack up a picnic and bike around Central Park. A perfectly great park to walk around, Central Park is even better when you can explore it on a bicycle. “Offering breathtaking views from flat, hilly and scenic terrain” — Central Park offers multiple bike routes for the less, or more experienced riders. You can pick from a 6.1 mile, 5.2 mile or 1.7 mile bike path; or just make up your own trail en route to the perfect picnic in the park.

Salvation Taco & Pod 39 Rooftop

Stop by Salvation Taco & Pod 39 Rooftop for some tacos & cocktails on the hotel’s rooftop. Located at The Pod Hotel 39 in Midtown Manhattan, “Salvation Taco is a modern taqueria and cantina in the hotel’s bottom floor, while Pod 39 is a mixology-fueled cocktail lounge on the rooftop.” Both are definitely worth checking out this summer individually. So together, they make up the perfect night of dinner and drinks.

Salvation Taco & Pod 39 Rooftop
145 E 39th Street
New York, NY 10016
Tel. 212.865.5800
Website

The High Line & Chelsea Market

In a classic “rails-to-trails” conversion, this 1.45 mile stretch of the New York Central Railroad’s West Side Line was redeveloped into a beautiful greenway. Elevated above the Lower West Side’s Meat Packing District and Chelsea neighborhoods, the High Line Park is now one of Manhattan’s most popular public parks and walking destinations, attracting around 5 million visitors a year. After the nice, elevated walk, stop by Chelsea Market for some delectable eats.

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