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.

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