7 Ways to Make the Most Out of the Rest of Your Summer in NYC
By Tzippora Chwat
With only two weeks left in August, the summer is quickly coming to an end. It can be hard figuring out what to do every day, so here’s a list of 7 ways to enjoy New York City this summer before it is too late.
- Go boating
Many piers around Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens offer boating on their bodies of water. You can find kayaking at the Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Hudson River, row boating on the East River, sailing in Battery Park, or canoeing on the Newtown Creek in between Brooklyn and Queens. Many locations are even free!
- Root for the home team at a baseball game
No matter what team you support, spending a day out at a baseball game is a great way to spend time with friends or family while enjoying the warm weather. Both Yankee Stadium and Citi Field are accessible by subway. Regardless of a win or loss, a baseball game out, complete with peanuts, crackerjack, or ice cream, can make a great afternoon or night out.
- See public art
New York City is teeming with interesting and alluring public art. In Manhattan you can see Judith Modrak’s “Our Memories” at Thomas Paine Park, Dale Chihuly’s “Rose Crystal Tower” in Union Square Park, “Kathy Ruttenberg on Broadway: in dreams awake” in the Upper West Side, and much more. In the Bronx, you can check out “Birds Eye View” by Lady K Fever or if you find yourself in Brooklyn you can find Tanda Francis’s “Adorn Me”. In Staten Island you can both view and hear the “Sonic Gates” a 10-piece installation that makes a “sound sculpture walk.” there are also many options in the various neighborhoods of Queens, including “Absent Monuments” by Rose DeSiano in Jamaica or MADSTEEZ’s designed basketball court right beneath the Triborough Bridge.
- Enjoy the DUMBO
Just a short subway ride out of Manhattan you can find the DUMBO or “Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass” area of Brooklyn. Enjoy some of the best views of the Manhattan skyline, ride its beautiful carousel, or just explore its unique cobblestone streets. You can then head back to Manhattan via the subway or by walking over the Brooklyn Bridge.
- Go on a hunt for the best iced coffee in NYC
There is no shortage of coffee shops around all 5 boroughs of NYC. Pick an area like the Village or Williamsburg and sample the local stores’ iced coffees for a refreshing, delicious, and fun for morning.
- Spend a rainy day in a museum
In case of rain, which there has been tons of this summer, check out a museum. For art you can check out a classic with every kind of art imaginable like the Met, fun and exciting modern art at the MOMA or Whitney, or New York inspired work at the Studio Museum. For a more historical museum you can visit the Museum of Natural History, the Tenement Museum, or the Museum of the American Gangster. For an even less conventional museum trip you can explore the Museum of Mathematics, the New York City Fire Museum, or the Museum of Food and Drink Lab.
- Watch a movie under the stars
Many parks around NYC including Bryant Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and Pier I at Riverside Park South, have weekly movie nights. Bring a sheet and dinner for a fun night out including a picnic and movie under the stars.