If you’re like me, you’ve probably been waiting for summer since, well, last September. To get in the mood for all of the fun seasonal adventures that lay ahead, I’ve compiled a list of the five top things to check out around NYC while the weather is warm and city is buzzing.
5. NYC Summer Concerts
There are tons of music events happening all the time in New York, but there's nothing like listening to your favorite artist perform on a hot summer night. Here's a glimpse of free (yes, you heard me right) concerts happening this summer. No matter what kind of music you like, you're sure to find something that will please your ears. Visit http://ilovefreeconcerts.com/ for a complete list of events.
JUNE JULY AUGUST
04- Janelle Monae 04- Ed Sheeran 02- Kes the Band
20- Fall Out Boy 17- Mobb Deep 07- Temples
28- Club Classics Live 25- One Republic 29- Ariana Grande
4. While Away the Weekend on Fire Island
If you're feeling city-bound, take a break on one of Long Island's famous enclaves, Fire Island. A haven for beach-lovers and outdoor enthusiasts and it's blissfully car free. Take the LIRR to one of the three ferry terminals and hop on the ferry to your city-getaway. Ferry rides range from 30-55 minutes depending on your departure & arrival ports. www.fireisland.com
3. Shop 'Till You Drop!
Who doesn't like a little retail therapy every now and then? These fine establishments will satisfy your shopping urge, fill your bags and empty your wallet!
Artists & Fleas - Open year round at Chelsea Market & N. 7th St. in Williamsburg - Featuring local artists & designers. http://www.artistsandfleas.com
The Ultimate Trunk Show - June 7 from 4-9p, 135 W.18th St, NYC - Featuring emerging designers and boutiques from all over the country. http://www.theultimatetrunkshow.com
The Strand - A city landmark for over 80 years, this bookstore houses 55,000 sq feet of new, used and rare books. http://www.strandbooks.com
Better than Jam on Governors Island- Handmade Gifts (Governors Island a great day trip in and of itself). Bonus: Some EtsyNY team members will be featured sellers here! Nolan Park House #16. Open May 24-September 30, Fridays and Mondays 11am-5pm, Saturday and Sundays 10am-6pm http://www.betterthanjamnyc.com/#/governors-island/4563429818
2. Stuff Yourself Silly at Smorgasburg
The place to be during the weekend for foodies. Vendors occupy two huge lots by the East River to serve you up a taste of the local food scene. You'll find just about anything to please your palette from coffee & doughnuts to cuisines from all over the world. There's even a beer garden where you can rest your weary feet with a cold beverage after a long day of eating your heart out. In Dumbo & Williamsburg: http://www.smorgasburg.com
1. Drink Like a Local
Hang out on a rooftop and soak up the view while sipping your craft beer or vodka lemonade...here are a few Brooklyn bars with amazing views of the NYC skyline.
Berry Park - http://berryparkbk.com
The Ides - http://wythehotel.com/the-ides
Alma - http://almarestaurant.com
Here's to a great summer!!