What’s on in New York this Summer

By Amy Rosoman

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April 2017

New York summertime is prime time to see the city – with the sun on your side, you’ll have everything to smile about. Stroll the streets and catch a show in Central Park or hangout on rooftop bars for martinis and perfect picture moments.


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.

When? From 1 April

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, Re:fuel 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 Julius Caesar and A Midsummer Night’s Dream come to life this summer. Director Oskar Eustis brings the power and politics of Julius Caesar into a contemporary motion, whilst A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Lear deBessonet, brings a vivacious energy to the classic comedy. Tickets for the Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park performances are distributed on the day of the show.

When? Julius Caesar from 23 May, A Midsummer Night’s Dream from 11 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. You’ll have anything but a standard stay here: the hotel provides a caviar service and has two top restaurants.

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    Shakespeare in the Park

    Crowds come together to admire outstanding performances in the charm of Central Park.

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    Rockaway Beach

    Take a break and enjoy the waves at Rockaway Beach. Escape to the city beach from May onwards.

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    All the food

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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.

Marvin’s Room

A chortle-worthy script written by Scott McPherson takes stage this summer, as a new Broadway Theatre show. The dark comedy, directed by Anne Kauffman, tells the tale of two estranged sisters who meet after spending far too long apart. Their stories and current circumstances catch up with them all too quickly, as their situations unravel to the audience. This brilliantly humorous and touching family drama will be making its preview debut on 8 June this summer and runs for just seven weeks with the Roundabout Theatre Company.

When? From 8 June

Where? American Airlines Theatre, 227 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

Nearest Subway: 42 Street – Bryant Park Subway Station

Where to stay: Paramount Hotel Times Square is right in the heart of Theatre District if you’re planning to catch a show or two. If you’re having an evening in, the in-house DJ plays tunes at the two-storey lobby, and you can order a Manhattan at the bar.

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    Fireworks galore

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City and Colour

Canadian singer and songwriter Dallas Green returns for a US tour, appearing for one night only in New York. His beautiful voice is accentuated by stunning melodic acoustics, performed by himself and his accompaniment of fellow Indie rock musicians. His edgy, folk style music creates a mesmerising and easy listening gig. Playing a mix of tracks from City and Colour’s five albums, listen out for ‘Woman’ from their most recent album ‘If I Should Go Before You’. From the post-hardcore band Dallas once played in, ‘Alexisonfire’, his change of tune certainly strikes a note.

When? 10 June

Where? Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W. 34th St., NY 10001

Nearest Subway: 34 St. – Penn Station

Where to stay: Metro has a rooftop bar that stands right in the shadow of the Empire State Building. The rooms are plush and nod to old-school glamour. Enjoy complimentary breakfast when you wake up.

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? 10, 11 June, 26, 27 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.

  • Rooftop bar – Hotel Metro, New York City.

    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.

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    City and Colour

    Listen to the stunning sounds of Dallas Green and City and Colour.

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    W Hotel Times Square

    Soak up the cityscape with some downtime in the Cool Corner Room.

Summer Solstice

You know it’s summertime when the longest day of the year is here. The place to be is Times Square for the 15th Annual Solstice – join in and celebrate with free yoga classes in the heart of New York. Treat your body, mind and soul to a revitalising day at one of the most renowned city landmarks. Take in the atmosphere and sounds of the urban scape, as you join thousands of yogis to bring in the peak day of Summer. Immerse yourself in this pinnacle experience, starting before sunrise and continuing past sunset.

When? 21 June

Where? Times Square

Nearest Subway: 49 St. Subway Station

Where to stay: W New York is steps away from Times Square and is full of trendy types: you won’t be the only one heading out for yoga from here. Continue your health kick at the state-of-the-art gym.

Fourth of July Fireworks

Independence Day in New York is a summer holiday which celebrates with a bang. Enjoy the thriving city atmosphere as you find a BBQ hotspot, wander along the Hudson river with a hotdog in hand or make your own picnic and set a blanket down in Central Park. Prepare for an evening extravaganza, as firework displays are launched across the city. From Jersey to Coney Island, the sky bursts into a glamourous array of dazzling colours. Watch out for Macy’s 41st annual firework display, taking off from the East river. The show starts just after 9pm, so head to rooftop bars, brilliant balconies and bridges for the best views and see the city skyline light up the night.

When? 4 July

Where? Watch from Houston, Midtown, Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn

Nearest Subway: Vernon Blvd – Jackson Av or Lexington Av/53 St.

Where to stay: Doubletree by Hilton Metropolitan is in the heart of Midtown, within easy reach of the fireworks.

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 last year saw the surprise win of Stan Wawrinka to Novak Djokovic. 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 28 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? Ernest Hemingway and Martin Luther King Jr are two previous guests who enjoyed the luxury service and beautiful décor.