If you are one of those people that finds winter just plain unbearable, then a lazy summer in New York is the ideal way to bypass the chills and warm up with all of the hype and hospitality that the Big Apple is renowned for. Regardless of whether you’re a foodie, fashion-lover or festivalgoer, here are our top 6 ways to experience all that summertime this amazing city has to offer.
#1 – WATCH
It’s an iconic institution that has drawn over five million people every year since it was first staged in Central Park’s Delacorte Theatre in 1962. This year, Shakespeare in the Park features the intense drama of race and war Othello, which runs until June 24, and for something a little lighter, check out the fanciful Twelfth Night, which runs from July 17 until August 19.
Summer in New York also heralds the country’s annual Fourth of July celebrations, which wouldn’t be complete without the annual Macy’s fireworks show. Set to a rousing patriotic score, this year features a light show that is set to soar over 1,000 feet into the night sky, and over 3,000 multi-coloured fireworks, which will be launched spectacularly along the East River in the city’s Midtown.
#2 – LISTEN
If you’re a music lover and looking for things to do in New York in summer, head out to Brooklyn’s Hip-Hop Festival from the ninth of July for a week-long series of film festivals, exhibitions and conversations with prominent hip-hop personalities.
Or if jazz is more your style, join the Jazz Age lawn party on Governors Island which runs until August 26. Featuring dancing, a motorcar exhibition, carnival games and 1920’s music, it’s the perfect opportunity to practice your best Charleston.
And for a little bit of everything, keep an ear out for the City’s pre-eminent outdoor concert series, SummerStage. Running from June 14 to September 8, it features kid-friendly shows, readings by famous authors, theatrical dance productions and live music performances from popular artists around the world.
#3 – PLAY
Kicking off on July 29 is Harlem Week, a month-long celebration of this community’s rich political and cultural history. Highlights include a fashion show, children’s festival, outdoor film screenings and a dancing-in-the-streets party.
And the celebration of summer in NYC continues for three Saturdays in August with the Summer Streets festival, with stretches of Park Avenue open to the public (and closed to cars) for biking, dancing and wonderfully aimless strolling. Rest stops along the way will also offer entertainment galore including musical performances, a water slide and a 165-foot zip line for the uber-adventurous.
#4 – SHOP
For those that like to combine a bit of retail therapy with their experience of summer in New York, join in the annual celebration of NYC’s Caribbean community with the West Indian Day Parade on September 3. Taste freshly cooked delicacies and enjoy the intoxicating beat of calypso and reggae music as you peruse the books, clothing, jewellery and crafts on offer along the way.
Fashion conscious types are also well catered for in this bustling metropolis with a plethora of cutting-edge boutiques and high-end fashion brands here to explore. Join a Fashion on Fifth Avenue Shopping Tour and your professional guide will introduce to all of the untold secrets of the NYC fashion industry. Up the ante with a post-tour makeover session and your personal stylist will ensure you’re ready to tackle this city’s uber-chic nightlife like a true New York fashionista!
#5 – SWIM
You may not realise it, but New York City is actually home to over 22 kilometres of sand with most beaches lifeguard-patrolled until early September, enabling you to top off the perfect summer in New York. Located within the city’s largest public park, Orchard Beach in the Bronx is a kilometre-long oasis featuring leafy picnic areas, a sun-dappled promenade and one-of-a-kind views of City Island.
Or head to Brooklyn and Coney Island for a delightfully nostalgic seaside experience. Hop aboard the Cyclone for a hair-raising roller coaster whirl or check out old-school Luna Park and the New York Aquarium before you take a splash in the Atlantic off the iconic boardwalk.
#6 – EAT
If your trip to the Big Apple involves sampling some iconic New York food, then why not consider a foodie tour of Brooklyn’s famous pizza establishments? Sample slices of some award-winning Neopolitan and legendary Sicilian pizzas, then walk off the carbs with a tour of some famous movie locations including those from Goodfellas and Saturday Night Fever.
And each year from July to August (dates vary slightly each year), join in the gastronomic celebrations of New York’s Restaurant Week, where you can enjoy the best of this city’s fine dining at a deliciously affordable price. Participating restaurants will be offering fixed price menus for both lunch and dinner that include multiple-choice-options for appetizers and entrees and at least two desserts for dinner. Check the website for booking details, and enjoy a guilt-free feast NYC style!
Keen to escape the winter chills? Orbit World Travel can carefully fine-tune your summer adventure in New York with advice on airfares and a variety of accommodation so you can truly experience all that the Big Apple has to offer.