Summer goes fast, especially when you’re counting time in New York minutes. So take advantage of the warm weather, festivals and block parties while you can. We know that the wealth of summer activities available in NYC can be overwhelming. That’s why we narrowed down a list of must-do activities for the summer.
Free Stuff — Although the City has inspired Frank Sinatra, Alicia Keys and Jay-Z, it’s still expensive as hell. Your limited budget might make it seem like you can only afford staying in this summer, but, fortunately, we have the answer to that.
- Visit the Highline
- Watch a free summer movie in a park
- Take a night stroll on the Brooklyn Bridge
- See the sun set at Chelsea Piers
- Take part in a flash mob
- Go to at least one summer roof party
- Be a subway/street performer for a day
- Go to coney island or rockaway beach
- Go to Shakespare in the park
- Attend Tropfest
Disconnect–Since work and social commitments have most New Yorkers chained to screens almost 24/7, one way to recharge this summer is to completely disconnect. Go camping for a weekend or a week in upstate New York sans electronics. You’ll come back refreshed, less agitated and you won’t have the geniusly-named Computer Eye.
Festivals–Do we need to say more?
What?: More than 350 musical acts including the Walkmen, Solange, Kim Gordon’s Body/Head, Chance the Rapper, and Iceage.
When: June 13 to 20
Where: Various Locations;
Cost: Music badges: $65 to $80; tickets
Full Moon Festival
What?: Dance party on the beach.
When: June 22
Where: Governor’s Beach Club on Governors Island;
Wear Comfy Shoes For: Two stages and ten bands including Tanlines and Miami Horror.
Cost: $25 to $95.
What? The Village Voice’s festival off the East River.
When: June 29
Where: South Street Seaport
Cost: IT’S FREEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! (After-party with Lil B will cost $20)
Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival
What?: Emcee competion, Pusha T and Redman.
When: July 10 to 13
Where: From Williamsburg to Fort Greene to Dumbo.
Cost: $20 to $75.
Awesome extra: Children 12 and under get the hip-hop for free.
What?: Urban skater meets hip-hop
When: August 25 to 26
Where: Commodore Barry Park, Brooklyn;
Cost: FREEEEE! You’ll need to RSVP on the website.
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