Brooklyn boasts the largest weekly open-air food market in the US, attracting thousands of people every year to the weekend feast outs. With over 100 vendors open for business, food-lovers will be mouth-watering at the variety of cuisine to try. Stroll through the abundant stands as you try to choose which foods will satisfy your taste buds. From bulky burritos to frozen cocktails, you’ll be spoilt for choice as you take in the aromas and character of Williamsburg’s waterfront on Saturdays and picturesque Prospect Park on Sundays.
Where? Williamsburg’s East River Park, Kent Avenue and North 7th Street, 90 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211 on Saturdays, Prospect Park’s Breeze Hill, 95 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215, on Sundays
Nearest Subway: Nassau Ave or Green point Ave
Where to stay: Aloft Brooklyn, which is well situated for exploring this side of the bridge. Foodies will appreciate the healthy treats at the snack bar, refuel by Aloft.
From Jersey to Coney Island, the sky bursts into a glamourous array of dazzling colours.
Shakespeare in The Park
Switch from indoor Broadway shows to the spectacular scenery of Central Park and take in the atmosphere and summer warmth. Set in the charming open-air Delacorte Theater of Central Park, Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and Coriolanus come to life this summer. Everyone loves the comedy Much Ado About Nothing, especially the banter between its quick-witted central characters, Beatrice and Benedict. Coriolanus, a lesser-performed work, is a rare treat. This tragedy about a Roman leader is one of Shakespeare’s final plays.
When? Coriolanus from 16 July
Where? Delacorte Theater, 81 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023
Nearest Subway: 81 St – Museum of Natural History
Where to stay: The Ritz-Carlton New York Central Park. After the performance, it’s easy to wander back to your glorious room at the Ritz-Carlton. Make your stay in New York extra special by dining in one of its great restaurants.
Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk
Steal the family away from Manhattan for just one day. With 5.5 miles of boardwalk to wander along, a variety of bars and restaurants to choose from and 170 acres of golden sand to lay your towel on, Rockaway offers plenty for a beach retreat. Catch some waves at New York’s only surf-friendly beach, listen to music and chill with the locals or try the best fish tacos at Tacoway Beach restaurant. When the sun starts to set, head back to the city on a bus or subway.
When? Visit May - September for the best weather and when lifeguards are on duty, open 6am-9pm every day
Where? Boardwalk, Queens, NY
Nearest Subway: Beach 67th St or Rockaway Beach 115 St
Where to stay: Shelburne An Affinia Hotel has a fantastic rooftop bar, perfect for a late night drink when you return from the beach. The Rare Bar & Grill is there to refill your stomach with brilliant burgers in the evening.
Camp: Notes on Fashion
Every year the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art puts on a drop-dead gorgeous fashion exhibition. The event always proves irresistible to New York’s fashion elite, and the museum puts on swanky Met Gala ball to celebrate the opening, with a guest list is as glittery as a Tiffany ring. If you don’t get a ball ticket, you can still visit the exhibition. This year’s theme, Camp: Notes on Fashion, is bound to bring some amazing ensembles into the public eye – from club kid couture to outfits that could upstage RuPaul in a pinch.
When? Until 8 September
Where? The Met Fifth Avenue
Nearest Subway: 5 Av/W 81 St
Where to stay: The Surrey is so close to the Met that you could totter there in your highest heels. Once you get there, you’ll find a high-end hotel with a rooftop terrace – and a chic monochrome bar inspired by Chanel; Coco would be charmed.
US Open Tennis
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A closer look
Art you can touch – once you’ve bought it – at the Affordable Art Fair NYC.
Jazz Age Lawn Party
Swing your way back to the 1920s and 1930s for a roaring fun weekend. Twice this summer, the hottest foot-tapping event is back to bring you a real prohibition pastime experience. Learn the best dance moves as you jazz walk to authentic music, sip on vintage-styled cocktails and pop on your bow ties and flapper dresses. With its idyllic setting on Governors Island, head down to the south of the city and jump on a ferry to a place of time gone by. Enjoy a tipple or two as you listen to the live bands play.
When? 24 - 25 August
Where? Jazz Age Lawn Party, 10 South Street, New York, New York 10004
Nearest Subway: South Ferry
Where to stay: The Ludlow, with its charming décor, is a boutique hotel that’s perfect for fashionable folk. It’s Lower East Side location is useful for reaching Governors Island.
US Open Tennis Championship
Watch the best of the best play in New York. Choose from the men’s singles, women’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles as players from across the world compete for the grand slam championship title. Watch out for big names and game changing matches, as surprise winners Naomi Osaka and Stan Wawrinka have recently shown, it’s not always the favourite who wins. Enjoy the exciting atmosphere with a summer speciality cocktail and seasonal sandwich from the Patio Café and Bar, or pick up a glass of bubbles from the Moët and Chandon Terrace.
When? From 27 August
Where? Arthur Ashe Stadium, USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Louis Armstrong Stadium, 124-02 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing, NY 11368
Nearest Subway: Mets-Willets Point Station
Where to stay: Intercontinental The Barclay. If you enjoyed spotting famous faces at the tennis, why not stay in a historic hotel with its fair share of celebrity guests?
Rooftop bar delights
Enjoy the sun on the rooftop bar of Hotel Metro during the afternoon, or drop by at night for the evening lights.
Under the trees
“I recall Central Park in fall,” so sang Wayne Newton (and Ferris Bueller). Make your own memories this September, when the leaves are especially beautiful.Book flights to New York
This pink flamingo cape appeared in Schiaparelli’s couture catwalk – but it isn’t the only flamboyant avian fashion at the Met’s exhibition: look out for Björk’s swan dress – famous for ruffling some feathers at the Oscars. From 9 May.
Go leaf peeping in Central Park
Leaf peeping is an east coast passion: from Vermont to Cape Cod, the trees go all ablaze in autumn and crowds gather to see the spectacle. Whilst many New Yorkers head to the Catskills and the state parks, you don’t have to leave New York City to see beautiful fall foliage, thanks to the parks and botanical gardens. The banks of the Reservoir in Central Park smoulder with the bronzing leaves of cherry trees, whilst The Pool is ornamented by the changing colours of the red and sugar maples. If you’re nearer Brooklyn, go along Brooklyn Botanical Garden to see the acers of the Japanese Hill and Pond garden.
When? From mid-September
Where? Central Park
Nearest subway: 5 Avenue
Where to stay: The Plaza has Central Park as its backyard. Its Guerlain spa and grand halls have stayed unchanged through the seasons for over 100 years.
Affordable Art Fair NYC
It’s time to up your souvenir game – with a visit to the Affordable Art Fair NYC. Doing exactly what it says on the tin, this touring event also hits London, Stockholm and Amsterdam at different points in the year (that’s all the coolest cities, then). Browse walls of excellent contemporary art, and maybe run into the artists. With prices for an original print coming in under $100 you can fill that gaping space above your mantelpiece for a song. Seek pieces by local painters to create some holiday memories.
When? 26 - 29 September 2019
Where? The Metropolitan Pavilion
Nearest subway: 18 Street
Where to stay: Royalton Park Avenue is a lofty-ceilinged, luxury hotel that’s – for all its glitz and glamour – surprisingly well-priced. It’s a 20 minute walk to the art fair.
The New York Giants and the New York Jets start the American football season in September. The teams share the state-of-the-art Metlife Stadium, making their rivalry rather keenly felt. They will play a preseason match against each other in late August, or you can see their early games against other NFL teams on certain dates in September. So whether you like the Giants or the Jets, or just want to see them getting beaten by the Dolphins, the Cowboys and the Patriots, head down to the Metlife. And dress for all weathers – the game will go ahead even if there’s autumn rain.
When? From mid-September
Where? Metlife Stadium, 1 MetLife Stadium Dr, East Rutherford
Nearest subway: Meadowlands Sports Complex Station
Where to stay: The Shelburne is a boutique hotel that’s good for families, so small sports fans will be welcome. It’s another great hotel with a rooftop bar – often voted one of the best in the city and the grill bar does great burgers for after the game.