Summer in the City

Hot town, summer in the city 
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty
Been down, isn’t it a pity
Doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city
All around, people looking half dead
Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head
But at night it’s a different world
Go out and find a girl
Come-on come-on and dance all night
Despite the heat it’ll be alright
And babe, don’t you know it’s a pity
That the days can’t be like the nights
In the summer, in the city
In the summer, in the city

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Summer in New York is full of energy. When days are longer, the nights are shorter and the heat is on, lots of outdoor happenings and activities let everyone to boast the spirit of the city even more.

Check our top 20 outdoor activities and events for summer 2014.

Ninth Avenue International Food Festival

It is the oldest and largest Food Festival in New York along 9th Avenue between 42nd – 57th Streets. The festival features local and international Food from popular restaurants. The event also showcases music, dance, children’s ride and various games.

Memorial Day Parade

The Memorial Day is in honor of all  Veterans in the military and also marks officially the beginning of summer. The Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade has been taking place since 1867 and is one of the oldest Memorial Day parades in U.S.

Taste of Times Square

The Times Square areas’ popular restaurants give visitors a taste of their exquisite culinary creations. There are over 40 booths with delicious platters in addition to street performers.

Shakespeare in the Park

Every year during the summer visitors can enjoy free outdoor theater performances in Central Park. The beloved summer tradition celebrates its 52nd season with this year’s special plays “Much Ado About Nothing” and “King Lear”.

SummerStage Central Park

The outdoor venue at Rumsey Playfield shows performing concerts since 1986 every summer. SummerStage features various music, modern dance or family program. The admission is free and is on a first come, first-served basis.

Celebrate Brooklyn

This established Art Festival of music, theater and wide variety of musical performances is broadcasted from the Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn.

Big Apple Barbecue Block Party

The Southern-inspired fare at Madison Square Park serves American authentic barbecue from top pit masters and live country music.

National Puerto Rican Day Parade

The Puerto Rican parade is an ethnic celebration of all people with Puerto Rican heritage who reside and live in New York. It has been taking place along the Fifth Avenue since 1958.

Museum Mile Festival

This Block Party offers free access to the museums along the famous Museum mile with outdoor activities, face painting, chalk drawing and live music.

HBO Movies in the Park in Bryant Park

The HBO Film Festival screens Blockbusters, indie films or classics on a giant screen in Bryant Park.

River to River Festival

Residents, workers and visitors celebrate the neighborhoods from Chambers Street to Battery Park and across from Hudson River to the East River including Governor’s Island with indoor/outdoor activities.

Mermaid Parade

The unique parade at Coney Island celebrates the beginning of the summer season with extravagant Mermaid and sea creatures costumes.

The Met Summer Recital Series

This is a series of Opera performances in the parks of all five boroughs.

Macy’s fourth of July Fireworks

The traditional Fireworks Spectacular will return to the East Side and will light up the Brooklyn Bridge in 2014.

City of Water Day

The Waterfront activities fair offers free ferry rides, live music, free boat tours, food and family activities on Governors Island and Maxwell Park in Hoboken, NJ.

Lincoln Center Festival

Lincoln Center Out of Doors is a spectacle of extraordinary opera, music, dance and theater in and around Lincoln Center.

4Knots Music Festival

Two stages feature live music at this all day long at this Music Festival for all-ages at the South Street Seaport.

Harlem Week

Harlem Week is a month-long celebration of the famous neighborhoods culture and heritage.

Summer Streets

On three Saturdays in the summer NYC streets are open for people to play, walk, bike, dance or stroll. It goes from Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park along Park Avenue and connecting streets.

Central Park Conservancy Film Festival

Gratis movies are aired under the stars at Sheep Meadow in Central Park. Do not forget your picnic bag for a perfect summer night.

Celebrate Easter in New York

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Celebrate Easter in New York and encounter adventure and fun for kids and adults around the city.

Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

On Sunday April 20th  Fifth Avenue will be packed with a costumed crowd between 49th and 57th Street. The traditional parade started in the 19th century when the upper class were dressing up for church. The non-wealthy were watching the parade in order to see the latest fashion trends. Since then it has become a pageant of mix and match with crazy hats. The hats have satin ribbon tied in a bow around it, flowers or birds. Anyone who wants to dress to impress may participate the Easter parade. 10:00AM and 3:00PM.

Spring Eggstravaganza – Chelsea

The Trinity Grace Church welcomes everyone on Saturday, April 19 between 12:45PM and 3:00PM to a public fest featuring games, crafts and fun.

Children’s Museum of Manhattan

Little artist: watercolor Easter eggs

Children at age 4 and younger can paint eggs with a hidden message and learn Kindergarten Readiness Skills on Saturday April 19th at 10:00AM

Easter egg hunt

The egg hunt is for kids of all ages and takes places through the museum on Sunday, April 20th between 10:00AM – 12:00PM. The eggs will be stuffed with wonderful surprises.
After the hunt the youngsters can learn about Easter traditions from around the world and decorate their own egg.

The Scholastic Store: A Big Red Egg-stravaganza

An Imagination Clubhouse with Clifford and his Adventure Stories

On Saturday April 20th between 10:00AM and 5:00PM every hour

Kids can listen to stories about Clifford’s Easter at the Scholastic Store

St. Luke’s Easter Egg Hunt
Right after services at the St. Luke’s Church on Sunday, April 20th , families can follow the Easter Bunny into the garden to join in a festive egg hunt that’s open to the public.

Spring Eggstravaganza at the Queens Zoo

In addition to the usual activities, such as egg hunts, themed arts and crafts, and a photogenic Easter Bunny, the spring themed celebration features meet-and-greets with a giant Flemish rabbit.

Dinosaur Egg Decorating & Egg Hunt – Upper West Side

In the Bank Street Bookstore kids first decorate a Dinosaur “egg” and then search for the eggs among the whole store.

Sunday, April 20 at 10:30am, 1 and 3pm

Full Bunny Contact

It also known as the “Insane Easter Carnival” and is mainly an event for adults. The Clemente Soto Velez, Cultural and Educational Center offers various events, games and booths from April 17th to April 20th.

The Tribeca Film Festival

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Every year in April Tribeca is host of the most important international festivals of film, art and music. For two weeks the Tribeca Film Festival presents diverse events, movies, red carpet premieres and outdoor movie screenings.

It was founded in 2002 by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff. The festival supports emerging and established directors with a line-up of independent films, documentaries, shorts, narrative features and family-friendly films.

Between April 16th – 27th, 2014 the following events will accommodate fans, visitors and most importantly many celebrities.

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This is a place for games, coders, hackers, screenwriters, futurists, directors, financiers, and anyone who has  a story to tell. It features the following:

Future of Film Live Series - April 21 – 24

11th Annual Games for Change Festival – April 22 – 24, 26

Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards – April 25

Tribeca Hacks April 25

TFI Interactive – April 26

Tribeca Sports Film Festival

Tribeca Sports Film Festival

With 9 films, 2 talks and 28 exhibits it is celebrating competition, passion and teamwork through a variety of captivating of sport-themed films, events and panel discussions.

Tribeca Drive-In

Tribeca Drive-In

An outdoor screening along the Hudson River at Brookfield Place(World Financial Central Plaza) showing classic movies.

Mary Poppins Thursday April 17th, 2014

Splash Friday April 18th, 2014

Next Goal Wins April 19th, 2014

Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair

Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair

Saturday 26th at 10:00AM is the day featuring film making activities, live Broadway performances, arts and crafts, chef demonstrations, tastings of local fare, storytelling, video games, free screenings, local restaurants, local merchants and more.

Film for all Friday April 25th

Film for all Friday April 25th

The Film for all Friday is a day of free Festival movies.

 

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Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas

Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas

SVA Theater

SVA Theater

AMC Loews Village 7

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Tribeca Cinemas

http://tribecafilm.com/

Statue of Liberty – “Liberty Enlightening the World”

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The Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognizable attractions in the U.S., and since the 19th century it is the first welcome symbol for visitors, immigrants and citizens when entering New York’s harbor. Travelers from all around the world go every day to get a close glimpse of this Memorial Monument with its significant green color while visiting New York. It is not a surprise that the tickets sell out quickly and need to be ordered months in advance.

Reserve your tickets here: http://www.statuecruises.com/

As a gift from France to the U.S. in recognition of friendship, it stands as a symbol of liberty and democracy. The female figure is holding a torch in her raised right hand and a tablet with the adoption date of Independence Day July, 4th 1776 in her left hand.

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A crown completes the meaningful character. There are 25 windows in the crown which comprise the jewels beneath the seven rays of the diadem.

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Lady Liberty is 305’ feet high in total and there are 354 steps to climb up.

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Sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi designed the icon with Eugene-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc and Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel. The construction started in September 1875 and after the statue was finished in 1885, it was shipped to New York City in 350 individual pieces and packed in 214 crates. The pedestal was created by American architect Richard Morris Hunt and built on Bedloe’s Island which is now known as Liberty Island. President Grover Cleveland accepted the gift in the name of America on October 28th, 1886 with his speech “we will not forget that liberty here made her home; nor shall her chosen altar be neglected”. More than one million spectators were watching the ceremony with parades and fireworks.

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Visitors can find out more about the history at the Liberty Island Museum which is located in the pedestal of the Statue. A free guided audio tour tells how it was conceived, constructed and restored.

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Shopping for quality than quantity in TriBeCa

TriBeCa is one of New York City’s most fashionable and desirable neighborhoods. Famous early 20th century buildings and historic warehouses were converted into art galleries, world renowned restaurants and shopping boutiques. The industrial past combines with a family-friendly atmosphere and an exciting dining and nightlife. It is not a surprise that TriBeCa is considered one of the best places to live and is home to many celebrities.

It is a perfect location with upscale and unique shops where quality matters more than quantity.

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The Mysterious Bookshop

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J. Crew Men’s Shop at the Liquor Store

jcrew-liquor-tribeca-nycjcrew_store_03_main A former liquor store and bar has become an exclusive shop with a collection of menswear clothing, including suits, ties and dress shoes. The cool styles at the J. Crew Men’s Shop are created from a collaboration of various designers.

Philip Williams Posters

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Calypso St. Barth

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Housing Works Thrift Shop

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Whole Foods Marked

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Shop ’til You Drop in SoHo

SoHo (SOuth of HOuston Street) is famous for its land-marked architecture, cast-iron fronted buildings and the cobblestone streets.

But for all trendsetters it is THE upscale shopping district with fashion looks ranging between chic and mainstream, hip and classic, vintage and modern.

Major fashion houses and high-end boutiques attract with stylish shops and uber-fashionable international designers.

Bloomingdale’s

The historic department store features a selection of clothes for men, women, children and a beauty department.

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Topshop

The retail store brings classic British style from London to New York.

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REI Soho

The outdoor-equipment retailer offers clothing and accessories for camping, climbing, cycling, fitness, hiking, paddling, skiing, snowboarding and a bike shop.

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Design within Reach

Purposeful and innovative furniture along with an authentic design.

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Balenciaga

The French Haute Couture by creative director Alexander Wang is elegant and stylish.

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Jonathan Adler furniture

“if your heir won’t fight over it, we won’t make it” says Jonathan Adler who combines contemporary and colorful design.

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Swatch

The brand with its high-quality wristwatches exists since 1983.

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“The best place to go for Mom’s cooking”

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What  better way to  escape the rush and fuss of the big city than a peaceful spot with a small town feeling?

Kitchenette is a country style dining cafe in the heart of TriBeCa. It is a mix between retro, traditional design and homemade style cuisine that makes it so special.

Since its opening in 1994 the owners Ann Nickinson and Lisa Hall offer comfort food for breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch. It is always a hard decision choosing between the delicious sandwiches, tasty burgers or indulgent milkshakes.

The guests at our hotel can enjoy this perk while staying with us by having their home style cooking delivered right to our rooms.

Celebrating special events in this vintage ambience such as weddings, birthday parties for adults and kids, reunions, baby or bridal showers makes everyone feel like they are having a fifties style party.

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http://www.kitchenetterestaurant.com/

American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the most-famous science museums in the world. It was founded in 1969 and has over 1,600,000 square feet with exhibition halls displaying the different cultures of humanity, the natural world and the universe.

The Museum is packed with educational information about human biology and evolution, animals, the ocean life, minerals, gems and fossils.

Along with dinosaurs, African elephants, North American mammals and a 94-foot-long blue whale, the Origami Holiday Tree is one of the most beautiful Christmas trees in New York.

Kids, students and adults love watching “Space Show:Dark Universe” at the Hayden Planetarium or visit the Rainforest and the Butterfly Conservatory with more than 500 flying tropical butterflies.

In addition to the permanent and special exhibitions, visitors can also explore the gift shops, thematic tours, classes and lectures.

It is not a surprise that it is one of few mobile Museums in New York.

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http://www.amnh.org/

Super Bowl XLVIII

New York and New Jersey will host The NFL Super Bowl XLVIII in  2014.Logo

The biggest American sports event of the year will take place at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford (New Jersey).

It is the first time in the American football history that this event will be in an open-air stadium in a northern city.

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Before the  main game on February 2, plenty of festivities in New York and New Jersey will leading up to the event to make it more exciting.

Super Bowl Kickoff Spectacular

A public live concert along the Hudson River at Liberty State Park will be the kick-off for the super bowl week.

Performances will be by Daughtry, Goo Goo Dolls and more. A fireworks will top off this evening.

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January, 27th at 7.30PM

Media Day

Fans get the chance to watch the participating Super Bowl teams be interviewed by media from all around the world at the Prudential Center.

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January, 28th at 10.30AM

Super Bowl Boulevard

It will run along  Broadway between 34th and 47th Streets and will offer action and fun for visitors between 12.00PM and 10.00PM daily.

XLVIII Roman Numerals

Giant “XLVIII” Roman numerals

Toboggan run

A 58 feet high and 180 feet long Toboggan run

Vince Lombardi Trophy

Vince Lombardi Trophy display

Kick a field Goal

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Autograph and Concert Stage

Autograph Sessions with current and former NFL players between 12.00PM and 6.00PM
Nightly concerts between 8.00PM and 10.00PM

Macy's Video Projection Show

Macy’s Video Projection Show with a 10 minutes NFL film footage about visual celebration of football

Super Bowl Gospel Celebration

It is a star line-up at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. There will be special performances from Grammy Award-Winning Musical Artists, active & retired NFL Players, and will  feature NFL Players Choir Celebrity guests.

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January, 31st at 7.30PM

You make the Call: Learn to an NFL Official

Kids can get a behind the scenes look at the Children’s Museum in Manhattan with special appearances by stars from the NFL champion teams.

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January 8th – February 28th

Direct TV celebrity beach bowl

Celebrities and VIPs compete against NFL Stars in this beach bowl game at Hudson River Park/Pier40.

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February 1st, 2.00PM

“How high can you make it so that it won’t fall down?”

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empire10empire6empireThis gigantic icon of New York doesn’t need a long description. The name itself explains everything.

Millions of tourists visit New York every year just to be at the top of the Empire State Building. With its Art Deco Style, this National Historic Landmark is the worlds’ most famous attraction. It is not a surprise that it has been pictured in many films and television productions.

It all started when John Jakob Raskob decided to compete with the Chrysler Building and assemble a higher building. By holding a pencil up to the architect firm Shreve, Lamb, and Harmon he just asked one question “How high can you make it so that it won’t fall down?” in order to fulfill his dream.  The 1454 feet and 103 story building was constructed in just 410 days and was officially opened on May 1, 1931.

For the next 4o years it was the tallest building in the world. The name is inspired from New York’s nickname The Empire State. The Empire State Building is open 365 days per year from 8:00AM to 2:00AM. Visitors can get amazing views over New York either from the main observatory deck on 86th floor or from the top deck which is on the 103 floor. Self-guided audio tours, powerful binoculars, showtime pictures and a live saxophonist on weekend evenings make this experience even more enchanting.

The Skyride on the second floor with its big screen thrill ride offers a virtual tour of New York.

An exhibit about the history on the 80th floor displays important facts, photos and mementos of 3400 workers, architectural sketches and renderings, notes and daily bookkeeping documents.

It doesn’t matter where in New York you are located, the tower lights let the beauty shine. The Lights are changing occasionally and even include a light show with a synchronized soundtrack.

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It has 1860 steps and is served by 73 elevators

 

 

Their own zip code is 10118

 

 

The Tower Lights get switched off at 2.00 AM every day

 

 

The antenna is broadcasting various television and radio channels

 

 

The Empire State Building Run-Up is a foot race which has been taking place since 1978. The participants run 1576 steps from the bottom to the 86th observation deck

 

 

A live saxophonist performs every week Thursdays to Saturdays from 10.00PM until 1.00AM. Visitors can ask for special song requests.

 

 

Every year a Facebook contest allows selected couples to get married at the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day.

 

 

http://www.esbnyc.com/