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NYC Summer Bucket List

Jessica Castillo-Perez

Posted on June 27 2016

Summer season is suppose to be a time of sun, freedom, beach/pool, and hanging out with your best friends 24/7. Contrary to this expectation, I found myself with nothing to do on a hot summer afternoon, so i decided to look through the NYC Snapchat for some inspiration. To my surprise, there were many events going on throughout the city (which I had no idea about). Being the curious person that I am, I took matters into my own hands and started doing some research on things to do in the city during the summer. I have lived seven consecutive years in one of the greatest city's in the world and never have taken the time to explore it. So, I created a NYC Summer Bucket list highlighting  the places and events I want to checkoff before the summer ends. Here are 14 things to do if you live in NYC this summer! If you are in NYC Download the NYC Summer Bucket List here.


    1. Picnic at Central Park
      Central Park is an urban park in middle-upper Manhattan, within New York City. Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States, with 40 million visitors in 2013. It is also one of the most filmed locations in the world

    2. Party at The Highline
      The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long New York City linear park built in Manhattan on an elevated section of a disused New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line. Find a full calendar of events here http://www.thehighline.org/activities

    3. Visit the National September 11 Memorial & Museum
      The National September 11 Memorial & Museum are the principal memorial and museum, respectively. They commemorate the September 11, 2001 attacks, which killed 2,977 victims, and the World Trade Center bombing of 1993, which killed six.

    4. Go Dance & Eat at La Marina
      Casual American cafe with an Island vibe, outdoor seats & 75,000 sq. ft. of scenic waterfront. La Marina offers a unique experience that infuses a touch of South Beach in Manhattan. With stunning river views, dining at La Marina is an “out of city” experience.

    5. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
      The Brooklyn Bridge is a hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge in New York City and is one of the oldest bridges of either type in the United States. Completed in 1883, it connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East River.

    6. Dance the night away at LIPS NYC
      The ultimate drag show and dining experience. NYC's BEST Drag Shows for over two decades! New York's ONLY true LaCage Drag Show Palace experience. The BEST Birthday & Bachelortte Parties! For reservations call (212) 675-7710.

    7. Dine at Vandal
      Globally inspired street eats & cocktails in a splashy space with a lower-level lounge & DJs.

    8. Visit the New York Botanical Garden
      The New York Botanical Garden is a botanical garden and National Historic Landmark located in the Bronx, New York City. The 250-acre site's verdant landscape supports over one million living plants in extensive collections. To reserve tickets, you may contact the Ticketing Support Hotline at 718-817-8716 or email ticjetingsupport@nybg.org.

    9. Tour The Statue of Liberty
      The Statue of Liberty is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York City, in the United States. Early reservations are required. Fore ticket reservations visit https://www.statuecruises.com/statue-liberty-and-ellis-island-tickets?bid=standard#/

    10. Attend a Broadways Play or Musical
      New York City's Theater District is an area in Midtown Manhattan where most Broadway theaters are located, as well as many other theaters, movie theaters, restaurants, hotels, and other places of entertainment.

    11. Attend the Jazz Age Lawn Party
      Consistently selected by the New York Times as one of New York’s most memorable events, the Jazz Age Lawn Party offers a unique, interactive experience. Two weekends a year, guests are invited to discover and experience one of the most colorful and formative epochs in American history. Get tickets at http://jazzagelawnparty.ticketfly.com/

    12. Take a Photo at Time Square
      Times Square is a major commercial intersection and neighborhood in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, and stretching from West 42nd to West 47th Streets.

    13. Watch the 4th of July Fireworks Show
      Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks 40th anniversary celebration will salute American spirit through a dynamic score of patriotic favorites performed by the acclaimed United States Air Force Band and of course the largest Independence Day fireworks display in the nation.The 25-minute display will feature dynamic pyro effects fired from five barges on New York City’s East River. A number of spirited musical selections will be featured in the score, including an exhilarating new arrangement of America the Beautiful, with vocals by Jennifer Holliday and the USAF Band.

    14. Attend an outdoor cinema experience

      Following the success of Rooftop Cinema Club’s debut last summer, the UK’s number one outdoor cinema experience returns for another run of movie magic against the city’s iconic skyline. Urban eatery and YOTEL new restaurant Green Fig will be taking over the terrace with the upcoming social drink and food. The colorful oasis above the city streets will be serving up globally inspired street food and tasty cocktails for film lovers to enjoy before catching their favorite classic, cult and current movie as the stars begin to twinkle. With state-of-the-art equipment, high quality wireless headphones and comfy seats in a truly unique urban environment, these are movie screenings with altitude. For showing and tickets visit http://rooftopcinemaclub.com/newyork/

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    • Jazzy: June 28, 2016

      I have lived in NY for over 3 years and still haven’t taken the time to see what the big apple has to offer. I will definitely use this info. Can’t wait to try your recommendations

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