Prepare the sunscreen, sunglasses and comfortable clothes. New York buzzes about in the summer!
As thermometers rise, the vibration in the city that never sleeps also increases. Outdoor events take place throughout the city, the parks are transformed into points to sunbathe (you can put your bikini on!), stands for fairs take to the streets and rooftop bars are always crowded.
Check here what is best in summer 2012 in the Big Apple:
– A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM SLEEPOVER
Children from 6 to 13 can live the experience of the film Night at the Museum, spending the night at the Museum of Natural History. The price is US$ 129 per person and you need to take sleeping bag, flashlight and personal hygiene kit. The event takes place at predetermined dates, from June 2nd to November 17th. It is advisable to book in advance. Informations here: http://www.amnh.org/plan-your-visit/amnh-sleepovers
– TOMÁS SARACENO ON THE ROOF
The metal artwork of the artist Tomás Saraceno take over the coverage of the Metropolitan Museum. Besides the works, you can enjoy from the top of the Metropolitan the beautiful view of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline.
The exhibition is now open to the public and will be so until November 4th. Informations here.
– SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION NO AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
On June 20th, at 6.30pm, is the celebration of the summer solstice at the Museum of Natural History. The solstice marks the beginning of summer and is the longest day of the year. In the celebration of the Natural History Museum you can see the stars and enjoy music too. Admission is US$ 15. More details on http://www.amnh.org
– SOLSTICE IN TIMES SQUARE
The solstice is also celebrated in Times Square with a great outdoors yoga class .The event takes place on June 20th at various times. For more details read here.
– CONCERTS IN THE PARK
Watch the concerts of the New York Philharmonic in Central Park, Prospect Park (Brooklyn), in Cunningham Park (Queens) and in Van Cortlandt Park (Bronx). The performances occurring on days 11, 12, 13, 16, 17 July . More information here. http://nyphil.org/attend/summer/index.cfm?page=parks
– METROPOLITAN OPERA SUMMER RECITAL SERIES
Presentations from July 25th to August 9th in several city parks. Information here.
– MUSEUM MILE FESTIVAL
On June 12th, ten museums in New York will open its doors without charging admission fees to the public from 18th to 21th, with some special attractions as special musical performances, magic shows and drawing classes for children. Among the participating museums are the Metropolitan and Guggenheim. http://museummilefestival.org/
– SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK
The plays of William Shakespeare presented outdoors in Central Park occur since 1954. The event is free and takes place at the Delacorte Theater (entrance on 81st Street and Central Park West or 79th Street and 5th Avenue) on June 5th until August 25th. Tickets can be obtained from the Delacorte Theater in Central Park from 1pm day of submission or online at Virtual ticketing lottery. Information http://www.shakespeareinthepark.org/
– FREE SUMMER CONCERTS
In summer, there are several free music attractions in New York. The morning programs of the networks NBC’s Today and ABC’s Good Morning America have various presentations booked. NBC will show the singers Chris Brown (June 8th), Justin Bibier (June 15th), Maroon 5 (June 29th), Flo rida (July 6th) and Jason Mraz(August 31st), among others. Details here.
ABC programming includes Counting Crows (June 8th, LMFAO (June 29th) Demi Lovato (July 6th) and No Doubt (July 27th), just to name a few.More details here.
In both cases, you must arrive early to get a good seat. As the presentations are aired in the early morning, we recommend you to arrive at 6 am.
– RIVER TO RIVER FESTIVAL
Summer Festival in Lower Manhattan from June 17th to July 15th with performances of movies, music, arts, dance and theater. www.rivertorivernyc.com/
– BRYANT PARK AFTER WORK MUSIC
In all Wednesdays of June, July and August there is the free music presentation in Bryant Park from 6 to 7pm, with different artists. Informations http://bryantpark.org/plan-your-visit/afterwork.html
– HBO BRYANT PARK SUMMER FILM FESTIVAL
At Bryant Park takes places the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival, featuring many films every Monday from June 18th until August 20th. The films are shown at 5pm. Informations em http://bryantpark.org/plan-your-visit/filmfestival.html
– OUTDOOR MOVIES
Many places will also present free outdoor films, with programs for adults and children. Informations here.
– MACY’S 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS
The 36th edition of the fireworks display at Macy’s, to celebrate the U.S.Independence Day, promises plenty of fireworks on the Hudson River on July 4, starting at 9pm. www.macys.com/fireworks
You can see the fireworks aboard a boat. Informations here.
– SUMMER CHESS
Every Saturday from June 9th to September 22th, from 11am to 1pm, it is possible to learn techniques with great chess masters of the sport in Central Park. http://www.centralparknyc.org/visit/things-to-do/family-community/summer-chess-program.html
– HIGH LINE PARK ACTIVITIES
On Tuesdays it happens Tuesday Tours is the High Line Park. On the tour you can learn about the history and the design of the park. The tour is free and the departure is done at 6.30pm at High Line on West 14th Street, but is limited to 40 people per group. www.thehighline.org/events/all/2012/5/every-tuesday-free-guided-walking-tours
On Tuesdays you can also see the stars and learn basic lessons of astronomy withastronomers of Amateur Astronomers Association of New York. The event is free and takes place at dusk. The location may vary according to environmental conditions. For informations, check http://www.thehighline.org/events/all/2012/6/every-tuesday-stargazing-on-the-high-line. You can also get information by phone (212) 206-9922 or via twitter @highlinenyc.
– VOLÊI, MINI GOLF E PLAYGROUND NO PIER 25
In Tribeca, at Pier 25, you can play games of volleyball, mini golf or simply enjoy the playground that sits on the banks of the Hudson River http://pier25.com/
– KAYAKING ON THE HUDSON
Todos os sábados e domingos até o dia 7 de outubro, de 10h às 17h, é possível andar de caiaque no rio Hudson. O passeio é gratuito e as saídas são feitas do Riverside Park, na 72nd Street. www.nycgovparks.org/events/2012/06/09/summer-on-the-hudson-kayaking-on-the-hudson
– SUMMER ON THE HUDSON
In addition to kayaking, Riverside Park has an extensive program for those who want to enjoy the summer on the shores of Hudson. There will be lessons in ballroom dancing, yoga, Tai Chi, pilates, fishing, and piano concerts and festivals. See the list of events and schedules at http://www.riversideparkfund.org/calendar/?c=Summer-on-the-Hudson
– CATALPA NYC MUSIC FESTIVAL
On July 28th and 29th, more than forty artists from various genres musicias take turns on stage at the Music Festival Catalpa, including, for example, the rapper SnoopDogg. The event will take place on Randalls Island NYC from 1pm to 11pm. Tickets cost startsbat US$ 139.99. http://www.catalpanyc.com
– SUMMERSTAGE FESTIVAL
From June 5th to August 30th it happens the Summerstage Festival, a festival of music and dance presentations at various city parks. There are shows for adult audiences and children too. And Brazil is performing at the festival! June 9th is the presentation of BotecoEletro in Central Park from 7pm to 9pm. On July 21st is Bebel Gilberto’s perfomancein Central Park from 15h to 19h.
– SEAPLANE TO THE HAMPTONS
The Hamptons are a luxury resort near New York, and it is popular destination in the summer.You can get there by seaplane only 40 minutes. Businesses Fly the Whale and StndAIR offer this service. Depending on the day, time and advance purchase, you can find tickets for US$ 99.
– NYC ROCKIN’ THE RIVER CRUISES
From June to August you can make boat trips to see the Manhattan skyline with the musicians presentations on board. See the schedule here.
Circle Linealso offers the Ride the Beast, which is a fast boat ride.
– BIG APPLE BARBECUE BLOCK PARTY
On une 9th and 10th, from 11am to 6pm, there is a traditional BBQ (American BBQ) inMadison Square Park. www.bigapplebbq.org
– NEW YORK MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL – NYMF
During three weeks, July 9th-29th, you can watch 30 new musicals in various theaters of the city.http://www.nymf.org
– BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK
Every Thursday from July 12th to August 16th there will be a free presentation ofBroadway shows in Bryant Park. http://www.bryantpark.org/plan-your-visit/broadway.html
In summer the best option to enjoy the nightlife is at a rooftop bar, open air bars where you can enjoy the beautiful view of New York. It’s worth checking a list of several indications of the Time Out guide.
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