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Best things to do in the summer in NYC


New York is full of amazing things to do throughout the summer, and it’s about time to take full advantage of them. From outdoor movies to bars on boats, there’s always something to do. Here are our top picks to start your summer off right.

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Movies in Bryant Park 

Join Bryant Park each Monday throughout the summer for an outdoor movie on the lawn. The lawn opens up at 5 pm for picnics and movies start at 8. All movies are shown with subtitles, and snacks and drinks will be sold. Grab some friends and head over to the park on Mondays for free movies and great eats.

Hudson’s Bar

This bar is housed on a 160-foot yacht with indoor and outdoor bars and Mediterranean food options. They host daily dinner cruises offering views of Manhattan from different points, so you can get that perfect Instagram shot. You can find this gem on Pier 81, and get ready to sail.

Warm Up With MoMA PS1

For 10 summer Saturdays, starting June 1st, MoMA PS1 presents Warm Up 2018. The best in live music will be performing, bringing in more than 75 artists. This year the program takes place in an architectural installation by Dream The Combine, which features large, interactive mirrors. Tickets are generally inexpensive, and guests are encouraged to visit the galleries during the program.

Rooftop Cinema Club 

Rooftop Cinema Club is a great alternative to going to the movies. They have wireless headphones so you hear everything clearly, great views, and comfortable seating. All of the movie listings are on their site, and each movie starts at sunset. Visit their website so you can catch your favorite movie on a rooftop with friends.

Coney Island

This iconic amusement park is a top destination for New Yorkers in the summer. Coney Island features rides, games, shopping, and great food options. Take a ride on the world-renowned Cyclone or Wonder Wheel for the perfect adrenaline rush. The beach is always fun with sandcastle contests and Mermaid parades.

Rooftop Reds

Located in Brooklyn, the world’s first rooftop vineyard, Rooftop Reds, offers comfort, views, and great wine. It’s the perfect space to hang out, especially in the summer. While they host wine tastings, they also have dinner and sometimes yoga nights. The vineyard features over 150 wines with the relaxing views that make it unforgettable and well worth the trip. 

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