Whether you’re just visiting the Big Apple or a jaded native, you’ll regret not experiencing these unforgettable seasonal events and venues. Summer isn’t over yet; there’s still time left to explore new places, try some bizarre foods, and enjoy the fantastic free events offered every day!

Things to do in NYC While the Summer’s Still Hot!

Shakespeare in the Park

Delacorte Theater
Mid-park at 80th Street
Manhattan, NY 10024
Shakespeare in the Park is a quintessential NYC summer tradition. Free and if you can swing the long wait for tickets, unforgettable.

Cymbeline runs from July 27-August 23. For more information visit publictheater.org


Smorgasburg

Open outdoors every weekend April-November, 11am-6pm
Saturdays in Williamsburg, 90 Went Ave (N. 7th St)
Sundays in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5

Stuff yourself at Brooklyn’s largest flea food market with some of the most delicious eats in the city. Check out the smorgasbord.com/vendors/ to view the spread or just head on over and be surprised!


The West Village

Trains: 1 to Christopher Street Sheridan Sq or Houston St; ABCDEF to West 4th

Take the family, your friends, or yourself and explore the historic West Village! One of the most celebrated neighborhoods of NYC, the West Village runs along 6th Avenue and is home to notable venues like the Highline, the Stonewall Inn, the Whitney Museum of American Arts, and more!


The Highline

West Village Entrance: Gansevoort and Washington Street (elevator access)

The Highline is a NYC public park located on the elevated train tracks that run parallel to Tenth Ave and connect the districts of Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, and the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project.


The Stonewall Inn

53 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014

The Stonewall Inn is a gay tavern and recreational bar. It is the famous site of the Stonewall riots of 1969, which is widely considered the most significant event and turning point in the modern fight for gay and lesbian rights in the U.S.


Whitney Museum of American Art

99 Gansevoort Street
New York, NY 10014

The New Whitney is the permanent home to a collection of more than 21,000 works of American Art. Current exhibitions: America is Hard to See, Mary Heilmann: Sunset, and Michele Abeles: Baby Carriage on Bike Or Riot Shield as Carriage.


Rocco’s Italian Bakery and Pasticceria

243 Bleecker Street
NY, NY 10014

Leave the gun take the cannoli. Come taste the best cannoli and Italian ice this side of the Atlantic. Authentic, fresh, and decadent, Rocco’s sweetens the West Village in the summertime. Other fan favorites include the Italian Cheesecake (made with fresh ricotta), tiramisu, and biscotti.


The Fat Cat

75 Christopher and 7th Ave
NY, NY 10014

NYC Bar, gaming center, and jazz club, The Fat Cat has it all. Pool, ping pong, and shuffleboard are offered every night. See http://www.fatcatmusic.org/music1.html for music schedule!

NYC Outdoor Film Screenings

Randall’s Island: July 13 Back to the Future II (1989)

HBO’s Bryant Park Film Festival: July 6 The Poseidon Adventure (1972), July 12 I’m no Angel (1993), July 20 Badlands (1973), July 27 Footloose (1984), August 3 Marathon Man (1976), August 10 Desk Set (1957), August 17 Chinatown (1974), August 24 Back to the Future (1985).

Astoria Park Great Lawn: July 27 The Princess Bride (1987), August 3 Frozen (2013), August 10 How to Train Your Dragon (2010), August 17 Ghostbusters (1984), August 24 The Incredibles (2004).

Coney Island Flicks on the Beach (West 10th St.) July 6 The Terminator (1984), July 13 The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), July 20 The Goonies (1985), July 27 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), August 3 Big Hero 6 (2014), August 10 Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), August 17 Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

See http://www.nycgo.com/articles/free-summer-movies-2015 for more information

After A Fun-Filled Day

The Brooklyn Cyclones 

1904 Surf Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11224

After a fun-filled day on the beach or exploring Coney Island come watch this Class A minor league team (the Mets) play at their breezy stadium overlooking the fairgrounds and the ocean. Enjoy the benefits of NYC minor league baseball; the cheap tickets, the (less expensive) cold beer, and the overall greater accessibility to the game. Also don’t miss the fireworks on Sunday evenings! See website for schedule and tickets http://www.brooklyncyclones.com/splash/

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