5 Things to Do in NYC This Summer
Here are 5 things to do in NYC this summer, and we bet you haven’t done them all, even if you live here.
1. Visit the cloisters. Set on a hilltop overlooking the Hudson River, you’ll be transported back in time on the beautiful yards of The Cloisters featuring medieval art and architecture. You may even find a unicorn. The Cloisters museum and gardens, are a branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. The building and its cloistered gardens—located in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan—are treasures in themselves, effectively part of the collection housed there. The Cloisters’ collection comprises approximately two thousand works of art.
2. Take the Roosevelt Island Tram. Use your Metro Card and hop on the tram. Great views of the city. And get off and visit the historic Blackwell House. This simple well-proportioned house, built for James Blackwell between 1796 and 1804, is the sole surviving building on Roosevelt Island which dates from the period when the island was still privately held property. A 10 minute walk will get you to the new park, Southpoint Park, with great views of the city too. And don’t forget to visit the lighthouse. There’s a bus that will take you around.
3. Visit the Museum of Sex on Fifth Avenue. Admit it, you’ve always wanted to go in there. When the Museum of Sex first emerged on New York City’s Fifth Avenue on October 5, 2002, it was without precedent in the museum world. In the development of its inaugural award winning exhibition NYCSEX: How New York Transformed Sex in America, the Museum created a board of advisors comprised of leading scholars and historians. The Mission of the Museum of Sex is to preserve and present the history, evolution and cultural significance of human sexuality.
4. Sunset Wednesdays at Wavehill. A quick train ride to the Bronx will get you out of the hot city and onto the beautiful grounds of Wavehill, overlooking the Hudson River. (They have a shuttle bus at the train.) Enjoy a picnic dinner on the lawn, cocktails, and entertainment as the sun sets. It’s a mini-vacation in your own backyard. Wave Hill is a 28-acre public garden and cultural center in the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. Its mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts.
5. Take the Staten Island Ferry. It’s the best water view of the city and the Statue of Liberty. Plus it’s FREE. When you get there, just wait in the terminal for the ride back, usually about 10 minutes or so.