101 things to do in the summer in New York City 2012

Our picks for the best events and things to do in the summer in NYC. Make a checklist, keep track on our Facebook app... just get outside and get started.

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  • 41. Go for postwork bites on Thursday nights at Hester Nights

  • 42. See bands and flicks in McCarren Parkat Summerscreen

    Pictured: Raising Arizona, screening July 18

     

  • 43. Listen to poetry on a rooftop

  • 44. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Bryant Park with a huge game of musical chairs

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    45. Visit the new homes of a Coney Island favorite

  • 46. Skank at the Coney Island Reggae Beach Party

  • Photograph: courtesy the Brooklyn Historical Society

    47. Quaff brews in the Brooklyn Historical Society’s back garden

  • Photograph: Tom Olcott

    49. Explore the rejuvenated Brooklyn Navy Yard

     

  • 48. Snap your new profile pic on Randall’s Island

    Pictured: Nathan Gwynne’s “Famous Faces of Randall’s Island,” part of FLOW.12

  • Photograph: George Hoynignen-Huene/Vogue

    50. Get style tips at “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations”

    Pictured: Elsa Schiaparelli

41. Go for postwork bites on Thursday nights at Hester Nights

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Go for postwork bites on Thursday nights

Enjoy the cool night air and delicious treats at Hester Nights, a weekly food market in the Hotel Eventi open-air hotel plaza, formerly occupied by Beerparc. Hester Street Fair’s food purveyors make the trip from the LES to Midtown West, serving irresistible offerings like the chicken biscuit from Pies ’n’ Thighs and gourmet grilled cheese from Little Muenster. For dessert, buy a treat from the Macaron Parlour, or if we’re suffering through a heat wave, an ice-cream cookie sandwich from Melt Bakery. Keep an eye out for announcements of special fashion and style events throughout the summer. • hesterstreetfair.com

  1. 851 Sixth Ave, (at 30th St), 10001
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See bands and flicks in McCarren Park

  • Free

Each summer, hipsters flock to the outdoor film series Summerscreen. And fittingly, this year’s schedule pairs ironic favorites—Cruel Intentions (July 11), Dirty Dancing (July 25) and Top Gun (Aug 8)—along with crowd-pleasing comedy classics, such as Raising Arizona (July 18) and The Princess Bride (Aug 1). Before each screening, a different local act plays a short set. Don’t forget to vote for Summerscreen’s closing-night film on Facebook. Empire Records is currently in the lead; join us in stuffing the ballot boxes for Showgirls. • summerscreen.org

  1. Bayard St to Nassau Ave, (between Leonard and North 12 Sts)
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Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Bryant Park with a huge game of musical chairs

  • Critics choice
  • Free

In 1992, this once crime-ridden green space reopened to the public after a dramatic redesign and renovation. See the change unfold for yourself with the park’s exhibit of 86 images along the outer fence that charts the transformation from blight to the emerald jewel of midtown’s crown. One of the major changes was the addition of moveable lawn seating, a feature that’s celebrated with a mass game of musical chairs (June 20 at 8pm; free; registration required via bryantpark.org).

  1. Sixth Ave, (between 40th and 42nd Sts)
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Photograph: Jolie Ruben

Visit the new homes of a Coney Island favorite

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Once a boardwalk staple, dive bar Cha-Cha’s of Coney Island lost its lease last year, but returns bigger and better than ever. It’s launched a restaurant (1315 Surf Ave between Stillwell Ave and W 15th St; chachasofconeyisland.com) with brick-oven pizza and opened outdoor drinking spot Club Atlantis Bar (3070 Stillwell Ave between Surf Ave and the Boardwalk). If that’s not enough, there’s also a theme park in the space formerly occupied by the flea market (Stillwell Ave between Surf Ave and the Boardwalk) with ten rides, including the MegaWhirl. Good news for sufferers of vertigo: It never leaves the ground. Bad news for sufferers of motion sickness: You’ll be spun 360 degrees.

  1. Various venues
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Quaff brews in the Brooklyn Historical Society’s back garden

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

BHS and Brooklyn Brewery team up for this monthly pop-up beer garden. While tossing back $5 pours of lager and summer ale, you’ll be able to explore exhibitions such as “Inventing Brooklyn: People, Places, Progress” (which traces 400 years of the borough’s history) and take in live music from folk trio the Tres Amigos (May 31) and funk band Kids on a Hill (July 26).

  1. 128 Pierrepont St, (at Clinton St)
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46

Snap your new profile pic on Randall’s Island

  • Free

The outdoor art installation Flow returns to this green and pleasant park with five new interactive works. Among them, Gabriela Bertiller’s playful red-and-white checkered picnic benches and Nathan Gwynne’s “Famous Faces of Randall’s Island.” The latter consists of life-size cutouts of a motley crew of luminaries such as Jesse Owens, Jimi Hendrix and Robert Moses; the faces have been removed, so you can stick your mug in their place and have your friend take a snap. Expect to see it on your social-media feeds all summer long. Randalls Island (randallsisland.org).

  1. Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, (at Randalls Island)
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47

Explore the rejuvenated Brooklyn Navy Yard

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

The former shipbuilding spot has experienced a flush of development and taken on a new lease on life—with enough attractions to warrant a day trip. Jump on the free shuttle from Jay Street at Willoughby Street (Sat, Sun noon, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5pm) and begin at the BLDG 92 information center to check out the exhibition “Brooklyn Navy Yard: Past, Present and Future.” To explore the yard, sign up for one of Urban Oyster’s tours (urbanoyster.com). Choose from regular two-hour bus tours (Sat, Sun 2:30pm; $30; through November), monthly highlight tours (next tour June 10 1–2pm; $18) or enlist your steed for a bike tour (June 17, 30, July 15, Aug 12, Sept 1, 23, Oct 14 at 12:30pm; $24). We also recommend stopping into Kings Country Distillery’s new digs (Building 121, 63 Flushing Ave at 4th St; kingscountydistillery.com) for a tour and tasting, due to begin in mid-to-late-June. Check the website for updates.

  1. 63 Flushing Ave, (between Adelphi St and Carlton Ave)
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This is so great I love summer and all my fans

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Brad
Brad

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Ann
Ann

Appreciate the listing of activities, regardless of my beliefs about his opinions, I found the Glenn Beck comment "bring your rotten tomatos in case Glenn Beck comes" to be distasteful. Do we not respect opinions that differ from our own, or at very least, respect one another enough to not threaten them from being allowed in a public area with their family?

shine
shine

I enjoy this article a lot, however, the 20th is missed. Could you please add? Thanks.

Jonathan Shannon, deputy editor, Time Out New York
Jonathan Shannon, deputy editor, Time Out New York

Hi everyone, thanks for your comments. Hope you're enjoying the list. @Jane: The app just launched, there's a link at the top of the first page. Apologies for the delay, hope you like it! @Allie: There isn't a way to download the list as a calendar, but I like your thinking. We'll see what's possible for fall. @Steve: The series is called Rooftop Films, we've added that rather important detail. @Marco: You are very welcome.

Jane
Jane

i can't seem to find the app. did it actually launch?

The RIDE
The RIDE

#102: Jump on the Fazzino RIDE for a tour of New York like you have never seen it before!

Allie
Allie

Is there an easy way to download this whole list into Calendar? That would be incredible.

Steve
Steve

What is the name of the film series mentioned in number 30?

marco
marco

Thanks New York!!