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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  • 71. Salute MCA and Hot 97 at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

     

     

  • 72. Spy tennis champs at the US Open

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

    73. Because July Is Good Beer Month, sample suds all over town

  • 74. Explore ten museums for free during the Museum Mile Festival

  • 75. Ride the ferry to Sandy Hook Beach

  • 76. Have lunch with Broadway stars

  • Photograph: Jason Creps

    77. Get Lowdown at the Hudson Blues Festival

    Pictured: Neko Case

  • Photograph: Matthew Hanlon

    78. Boogie down at Uptown Fridays

  • Photograph: Ari Scott

    79. Catch the country's masters of improv comedy at the 14th Annual Del Close Marathon

  • Photograph: Syd London

    80. Marvel at the killer combination of puns and violence at Gotham Girls Roller Derby

71. Salute MCA and Hot 97 at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

 

 

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Salute MCA and Hot 97 at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

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This hip-hop blowout has evolved into a whole week of cultural activities. The NYC-centric schedule includes an opening-night competition for local artists to win a main-stage time slot (Brooklyn Bowl; July 9 at 9pm; $10), a seminar (Brooklyn Library, Central Branch; July 10 noon–6pm; $10) that includes a discussion on the demise and legacy of radio station Hot 97, a DJ showcase (Public Assembly; July 12 at 9pm; $10) and the BHF’s first-ever film night (reRun Gastropub Theater; July 13 noon–6pm; $10). Longtime rap hero Busta Rhymes will headline and cocurate the main event on Saturday (Pier 3, Brooklyn Bridge Park; July 14 3–8pm; $20–$65). Brush up on your MCA lyrics beforehand; we can guarantee tributes aplenty. • bkhiphopfestival.com. Festival pass $100.

  1. Various locations
  2. July 9–14
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Because July Is Good Beer Month, sample suds all over town

  • Price band: 1/4
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The Good Beer Seal—an association of independently owned craft-beer bars in NYC—presents this monthlong celebration of quality brews. The event has won support from on high: Back in 2009, Mayor Bloomberg officially proclaimed July to be Good Beer Month. The schedule is crammed with tastings, talks, parties and festivals; check the website for details as summer approaches. Highlights include Cook Out NYC (July 7, 8), which pairs BBQ with craft suds on Governors Island; a Beer Book, Blog and Video Fest (July 25) at South Street Seaport; and Edible's annual Good Beer tasting event, featuring local grub and brews.

  1. Various locations
  2. Sun Jul 1 - Tue Jul 31
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73

Explore ten museums for free during the Museum Mile Festival

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  • Free

A 23-block stretch of Fifth Avenue becomes a car-free promenade when ten of the city’s most prestigious art institutions—including the Guggenheim, the Met and the Museum of the City of New York—open their doors to the public free of charge for three hours. The crowds at this annual culturefest can be daunting—more than 50,000 people are expected to show up—but don’t get overwhelmed; plan to get there early if you want to see big-name shows. Musical performances, including string quartets and jazz ensembles, will enhance your walk from one museum to the next.

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Sandy Hook Beach, NJ

Ride the ferry to Sandy Hook Beach

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Sail to a pristine seven-mile stretch famous for its silky-smooth sand. The Seastreak Ferry transports sunseekers to Sandy Hook from two Manhattan locations. A 45-minute ride, tops (complete with free Wi-Fi, a full bar and a sundeck), will bring you to the prime swimming spot.

E 35th St at FDR Dr. Departs Mon–Fri 8:45, 11:15am; Sat, Sun 8, 10:30am, 1:20pm. • Pier 11, South St at Wall St. Departs Mon–Fri 9, 10:50am; Sat, Sun 8:15, 11am, 1:35pm • (seastreak.com). Round-trip $43, one-way $25.

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Have lunch with Broadway stars

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  • Free

Forgive us the somewhat misleading title, you won’t be having a tête-à-tête with Patti LuPone (you’re not Andrew Lloyd Webber are you—are you?!?), but this is better. During Broadway in Bryant Park, stars of the stage will serenade midtown office workers on break. While this year’s bill has yet to be announced, 2011’s lineup included performers from Memphis, Billy Elliot, Rock of Ages and Avenue Q.

  1. Sixth Ave, (between 40th and 42nd Sts)
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Get Lowdown at the Hudson Blues Festival

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  • Free

Just as you’d expect, there will be blues legends galore at the second annual free Hudson Blues fest (try Buddy Guy and John Mayall, for starters). But we’re thrilled to see fearless, fiery alt-country heroine Neko Case top the schedule this year, along with Brooklyn R&B survivor Charles Bradley.

  1. World Financial Center Plaza 220 Vesey St, at West St
  2. Wed Jul 11 - Thu Jul 12
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77

Boogie down at Uptown Fridays

  • Price band: 1/4

The Studio Museum of Harlem revives its summer courtyard parties with live DJs and libations. Just don’t spend all your time dancing and mingling, or you’ll miss the docent-led tours of summer exhibitions, including Caribbean: Crossroads of the World. This extensive survey of the art and representation of the Caribbean is exhibited over three venues (the others being El Museo del Barrio and the Queens Museum of Art), with the Studio Museum examining topics of race and the duality of the archipelago’s image. • $20, members $15.

  1. 144 W 125th St, (between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (Seventh Ave) and Malcolm X Blvd (Lenox Ave))
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Del Close Marathon

Catch the country's masters of improv comedy at the 14th Annual Del Close Marathon

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During this annual weekend-long extravaganza, improv fans descend on several venues in Chelsea to indulge in a nonstop stream of laughter—courtesy of big-name talent from New York, L.A., Chicago and beyond—drinks and any number of other stimulants before passing out in a heap. Until you’ve been serenaded by a gaggle of Michael McDonalds or pummeled into submission by Wicked Fuckin’ Queeyah in the wee hours of the morning, you don’t know what punch-drunk is. • ucbtheatre.com

  1. Various locations
  2. Fri Jun 29 - Mon Jul 2
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Toughen up at Gotham Girls Roller Derby

Marvel at the killer combination of puns and violence at Gotham Girls Roller Derby

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Angela Slamsbury. Bitch Cassidy. Anne Phetamean. No, those aren’t names of badass characters in a feminist graphic novel—they’re names of badass women athletes in New York’s all-female roller-derby league. Turn out for bouts (once or twice a month through Oct 27) as four boroughs (teams include the Brooklyn Bombshells and the Queens of Pain) leave it all in the rink. Afterward, slug a beer with the gals at the after-party, which is announced during the match. gothamgirlsrollerderby.com. • $19.99—$35.

  1. Various locations


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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!!