Tuesday, May 17, 2016

New York City Summer Bucket List

  1. Empire State building during sunset
Perhaps it’s just me, but visiting the Empire State building at midnight has been atop of my New York City bucket list since I discovered that the last elevator goes up at 1:15 am everyday.  It just seems like one of those quintessential New York moments or the perfect opportunity for the next big romcom’s meet cute.
  1. Yankees game
Baseball is one of the few NYC sporting events where the cheapest ticket is genuinely cheap.  You’ll pay for it in $10 beers, but there’s nothing like root, root, rooting for the home team on a warm summer night.
  1. NYC marathon
Congratulations should you be fit enough to run 26.2 miles. For the rest of us, why not go out and cheer on your fellow New Yorkers en route to brunch?
  1. Rooftop Bars (Frying Pan, Grand Banks)
Nothing says summer like the return of the rooftop bar or stationary booze cruise -hello, Grand Banks and PHD Rooftop.  We’ve been waiting.

When the concrete jungle’s not cutting it, head to the nearest actual jungle -Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. Adjacent to Prospect Park, this is the most green space you’ll get in the city.  Bring a blanket and a bottle of rose, and you’re set.
I’ll never pass up an opportunity to see Kanye West, but add Miguel and an Infatuation-curated food lineup and you’ve got yourself a show. It may not be Coachella, but it’s the next best thing -just promise me to retire the flower crown.
While the new Whitney has certainly secured itself among the list of my absolute favorite museums in the city, be sure to check out the Met Breur in the former Whitney’s space for their inaugural exhibit “Unfinished” to see the process behind the creating of art with works deliberately left unfinished and incomplete.
Head over to Brooklyn any weekend until November to indulge in one of the 75+ vendors at this food market -Williamsburg on Saturdays and Prospect Park on Sundays.  Expect long lines and proliferous Instagrams the ramen burger, but be open to discovering something new.
MOMA PS1 just released their Summer Sixteen Warm Up lineup, and it’s not without headliners.  For $22 in advance at $25 at the door, expect an afternoon of live music among the hipster set. Bearcat on June 11, DJ D.R.A.M. and DJ Drama on June 25 and Branko on July 23 are definitely highlights.
Located one hour north from New York City in the Hudson Valley, Storm King Art Center is one of the world’s leading sculpture parks.  Open from April through November, this is the perfect weekend daytrip.

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