9 Ways to Do Summer in New York City

New York City Skyline and Rose

Summer isn’t over just yet, but we’re definitely past the halfway point. Translation: some fun times have been had and some cool discoveries have been made. It’s my first full summer in NYC since 2011, and my first ever in Brooklyn. Over the past few weeks, I’ve really enjoyed learning more about my new neighborhood and getting to know the city all over again. Here’s a few highlights:

Brooklyn Brownstone

Let’s start with Brooklyn itself. I live in Cobble Hill so I’ve spent a lot of time roaming around side streets, taking photos of all the gorgeous brownstones and charming buildings. This is one of my favorites, but there are plenty of other beauties posted on my Instagram.

Smoothie and Spinning

When I’m not roaming, I might be walking up the street to New York Sports Club. This is a highlight for me because I’ve never really been a gym person. But I got an amazing summer deal, started taking cycling classes, and now I am hooked! I’m big on schedules so that’s why the classes work for me. They go right on my calendar along with conference calls and meetings – and I hold myself accountable for everything on that calendar. It’s the only way, and I feel so much better for it.

Brooklyn Crab, Lobster Roll

After sweating it out at the gym, it’s time to eat. It’s no surprise that there is great food all over New York, but in the summertime, you want summer vibes. Recently, I discovered a place that provides just that: Brooklyn Crab in Red Hook. Lobster rolls, fresh seafood, beers, even cornhole. It’s the perfect spot for some traditional summer fun.

New York City Skyline and Rose

Speaking of traditions, celebrating the Fourth of July was definitely a highlight. Two of my close friends live in Dumbo and their building boasts this breathtaking view of lower Manhattan. That view also includes exactly where the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks were setup this year. ‘Merica!

Yummiewear Ice Cream Tank Top

Nothing says summer like ice cream, so I was really excited when I came across this tank while attending f.a.d. weekend, “a roving fashion, art and design indoor makers’ market & flea that will pop-up in awesome neighborhoods and unique venues in Brooklyn.” Well, the neighborhood was mine. The venue was The Invisible Dog Art Center. And the maker of this “Twist Tank” is Yummiewear. It’s cute, casual, and totally yummy.

Sweetbitter Stephanie Danler

Ooh, my favorite read of Summer Sixteen? Sweetbitter by Brooklyn-based author, Stephanie Danler. If you’ve ever lived in New York, worked in a restaurant, been in love, or started over (or, like me, done all four), you should add this book to your shelf.

Honorable mentions: Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll and Who Do You Love? by Jennifer Weiner.

Bryant Park

Don’t worry, I did venture out of Brooklyn this summer. One Friday, I visited Bryant Park in Manhattan to watch the New York City Opera perform Carmen. Tourists and locals alike gathered on the lawn, surrounded by trees and skyscrapers, and enjoyed an hour of highlights from the beloved opera. It was lovely.

Gallow Green NYC Rooftop

Also lovely during summer in Manhattan are the rooftops. While air conditioning has been a “hot” commodity this summer, there’s still something to be said about enjoying a cocktail on a rooftop. The views, the foliage, the lights – it’s the ideal recipe for an Instagram post. Pictured here is one of the prettiest rooftops I’ve seen, Gallow Green at The McKittrick Hotel. Also notable this summer: Mr. Purple at Hotel Indigo, JIMMY at The James Hotel, and, of course, Brooklyn Crab.

Marine Layer Beach Bag and Blanket

It wouldn’t be summer without a trip to the beach. My girlfriends and I made the drive to Rockaway Beach in Queens on one of the hottest Saturdays of the year. We were joined by almost every other person on the A Train. Thankfully, we found a spot and I was able to spread out my new beach blanket from Marine Layer. That cute beach bag is from there, too. Both items just so happened to match the pink rosé we sipped all afternoon.

Beaches, rooftops, parks, food, culture – New York has everything you need for a memorable summer. I’m so happy to be back.

Where are you reading from, and what have been some of your highlights from Summer Sixteen?


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  1. Excellent post. So many of my favorite films and shows have been NY based, from Breakfast at Tiffany’s to SATC, from Friends to How I Met Your Mother, from One Fine Day to Tower Heist…from everything Wall Street to Too Big to Fail… that NYC has always been on my list of places to visit!

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