If you are not lucky enough to get an invitation to the Hamptons this summer, don’t panic. There is plenty to do in the city. Personally, I love when the Hamptonites clear out and the city is quiet. Restaurants and subways are less crowded, not to mention the bike paths are easier to navigate if you bike or roller blade. I have listed my absolute favorite summer activities.
- Go Swimming!
The city’s outdoor pools are opening on June 29th. Did you know there are more than 60 public swimming pools scattered around the five boroughs?
Click here for the FREE (and clean) swimming pools NYC has to offer.
- Watch a Movie at Rooftop Cinema Club
Rooftop Cinema Club has perfected the night out at the movies. There are two locations: Midtown’s YOTEL (570 Tenth Ave) and East Williamsburg’s OfficeOps (57 Thames St).
Click here for the summer film schedule.
- Have a Cocktail at a Rooftop Bar
Enjoying cocktails with a view at the city’s best rooftop bars.
Click here for the best rooftop bars in the city.
- Have a Picnic
One of the best things to do in summer is pack a picnic basket and partake in some outdoor dining. Click here for some of the best picnic spots NYC has to offer.
- Go to the Beach
A visit to the beach is one of the best things to do in the summer as well as a great way to cool off when temperatures become sticky. The best part: they are free! Weekend getaways are just a quick subway-, ferry- or bus-ride away. The city-run beaches are open for swimming from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Click here for some of the top beaches.
- Enjoy a Brooklyn Food Festival
Brooklyn Flea’s Smorgasburg is the largest weekly open-air food market in America, attracting 20,000-30,000 people to Brooklyn each weekend to eat from 100 local vendors—Saturdays on the Williamsburg waterfront and Sundays in Prospect Park. The New York Times dubbed Smorgasburg “The Woodstock of Eating.”
- Walk the Hi-line
The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues.
- Check out Coney Island
The 2016 Coney Island season is upon us and this year will be better than ever! New restaurants are now on the boardwalk and Coney Island classics will continue: Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs, the ever popular Beach and Boardwalk, The Cyclone, The Wonder Wheel, Luna Park and the New York Aquarium.
- Shop at the Flea Markets
If you’re a lover of vintage clothes, jewelry and antiques, enjoy an afternoon of bargain hunting and indulge on gourmet eats from the best food trucks.
- Go Kayaking
The Downtown Boat House offers free kayaks for public use in protected Hudson River embayments throughout May-October. They provide instruction and all necessary safety equipment as well as lockers and locks, bike locks, sun block, and first aid equipment. This is a great opportunity to create a personal connection with New York’s waterfront, regardless of age, income or location, and it also serves to show us how far we have come in cleaning up the Hudson River.
So there is something for everyone and it does not have to rob your wallet.
And of course, summer is always a good time to explore new neighborhoods. I am always here to explore those neighborhoods with you or answer any real estate related questions you may have.