101 things to do in the summer in New York City 2013

Check out the best things to do in the summer, including street fairs, block parties, festivals, outdoor bars, alfresco screenings, beaches and more!

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    31. Vote for The NeverEnding Story to close SummerScreen, clearly the most essential thing to do in the summer.

  • 32. Go fishing for grub at a new outdoor food festival, New Fish City in Brookfield Plaza, one of the best things to do in the summer.

  • 33. Stretch out in Prospect Park, listen to Chairlift and watch short films at Tropfest, one of the best things to do in the summer.

  • Photograph: David Rosenzweig

    34. Go to the beach, high five a parks employee, one of the best things to do this summer. Pictured: Rockaway beach.

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    35. Explore Bushwick during Bushwick Open Studios, one of the best things to do in the summer.

  • 36. Check out new outdoor venue Pier 26, perhaps at the fun. concert, one of the best things to do in the summer.

  • 37. Experience dinner and a movie the Monkey Town way, one of the best things to do in the summer. Pictured: The old Monkey Town in Williamsburg.

  • 38. Save a buck seeing priceless art works during the Museum Mile Festival, one of the best things to do in the summer.

  • 39. Camp out in lower Manhattan for the River to River festival, one of the best things to do in the summer.

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    40. Start the weekend right at Select Summer Fridays at Le Bain, one of the best things to do in the summer.

Photograph: Sean T. Smith

31. Vote for The NeverEnding Story to close SummerScreen, clearly the most essential thing to do in the summer.

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Vote for The NeverEnding Story to close SummerScreen

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This alfresco film fest is back, showing a grab bag of ’90s nostalgia picks (so Williamsburg, right?), including Can’t Hardly Wait (July 10), The Craft (July 24) and Speed (Aug 7); ’80s comedy classics Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (July 17) and The Goonies (July 31); and a to-be-determined fan favorite (Aug 14). (You can cast your vote for High Fidelity, The Big Lebowski, The NeverEnding Story or another flick at facebook.com/summerscreen.) Each evening also features live music beginning at 6pm and food trucks such as Coolhaus and PizzaMoto; discreet BYO boozing is optional.

  1. Bayard St to Nassau Ave, (between Leonard and North 12 Sts)
  2. Wed Jul 17 - Wed Aug 14
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Go fishing for grub at a new outdoor food festival

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Chow down by the Hudson at New Fish City, where local eateries serve dishes that top out at $10. Choose from lobster-roll destinations Luke’s Lobster and Red Hook Lobster Pound; Southern Italian seaside cooking spot Esca; Littleneck, known for its Northeast clam-shack grub; and more. There are two sessions, but we advise waiting until the evening, when a pop-up beer garden pours craft brews.

  1. Brookfield Place Plaza 220 Vesey St, at West St, 10281
  2. Thu Jun 13
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Stretch out in Prospect Park, listen to Chairlift and watch short films at Tropfest

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From humble beginnings in Sydney in 1993, Tropfest has grown into a series of events spread across nine countries. Now, it’s the largest short-film fest in the world, and it landed with a splash last year in Bryant Park for its inaugural NYC edition. For its sophomore outing, the shindig is moving to Prospect Park’s Nethermead. The free event, hosted by Liev “Sabretooth” Schreiber, will need the space: In addition to a full day of screenings (judged by a panel including author Malcolm Gladwell, WNYC’s Leonard Lopate and actor-producer Fisher Stevens), there’ll be live performances from such Brooklyn-appropriate names as Chairlift, Neon Indian (DJ set), Bear in Heaven, Ghost Beach and People Get Ready. Though Tropfest is free, reservations are recommended. Visit tropfestnewyork2013.eventbrite.com to save a spot.

  1. Prospect Park, Nethermead Enter at Prospect Park Southwest, at 16th St
  2. Sat Jun 22
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Go to the beach, high five a parks employee

Hurricane Sandy threatened to put the kibosh on idyllic summer days of crashing waves, sun-drenched picnics and walks in the surf. Thankfully, the parks department has been hard at work rebuilding the devastated and debris-littered oceanfront areas. With the exception of Fort Tilden in storm-battered Breezy Point, all of the city’s public beaches will reopen on Memorial Day. Work on your tan at family-friendly standby Coney Island Beach, foodie and Ramones favorite Rockaway Beach or Orchard Beach, a mile-long stretch that’s been dubbed “The Riviera of New York.” Suck it, Sandy. Visit nycparks.gov for details. Beaches are open for swimming May 25–Sept 2.

  1. Sat May 25 - Mon Sep 2
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Explore Bushwick

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If you’ve always fancied a nose round this postindustrial neighborhood but weren’t sure where to start, begin at Bushwick Open Studios, a three-day fest that puts the nabe’s creative side on display. Start at the hubs set up in galleries and storefronts to help direct visitors to what’s on offer, but here’s a couple of choice events to hit: The launch party at Shea Stadium (May 31 8pm–2am) features local bands Eula, Air Waves, Lodro and Darlings, plus a Brooklyn Brewery open bar (8–9pm); premier arts venue 3rd Ward hosts an exhibit of more than 30 Brooklyn-based and international artists (Fri 7:30–11pm; Sat, Sun noon–7pm; May 31–June 16); the music continues with live, local combos performing at Don Pedro (May 31 8pm–2am) and Lone Wolf (1089 Broadway at Dodworth St, Bushwick, Brooklyn; 718-455-2028; June 1 7pm–3am), while DJs cater to the late-night electronic-dance-music fan at Bossa Nova Civic Club (June 2 10pm–4am); finally, catch the the closing blowout CinemaSunday, a video-art screening party and backyard barbecue at Bat Haus (279 Starr St between St. Nicholas and Wyckoff Aves, Bushwick, Brooklyn; 347-790-9204, batha.us; June 2 6pm–1am). Various venues, visit artsinbushwick.org for details.

  1. Various locations
  2. Sun Jun 2 - Mon Jun 3
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Check out new outdoor venue Pier 26

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Promotions powerhouse Bowery Presents are programming this new part of Hudson River Park. So far, four acts have been announced: English ska legends the Specials (July 17; $40, advance $35), two sold-out dates for barnstormers fun. (July 22, 23), a pair of shows by rockers the Gaslight Anthem (July 26, 28; $40, advance $35) and Maroon 5–alike OneRepublic (Aug 10; $45, advance $40).

  1. Hudson River, (at North Moore St), 10013
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Experience dinner and a movie the Monkey Town way

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If you enjoy unique experiences, make sure to catch Monkey Town 3 this summer, a reboot of the Williamsburg bar and restaurant that shuttered in 2010. Each performance at art-and-technology space Eyebeam invites 32 people into a suspended white cube of screens (you have to duck to get to the seating inside), onto which a two-hour-15-minutes program of multichannel video art is projected. During the screening, you’ll enjoy a multicourse meal cooked by a rotating lineup of chefs, including duo Max Sussman and Katy Peetz on Wednesdays and Thursdays (check out all the chefs and their menus on the website). Monkey Town has also lined up a few special nights of live music or live art. While a few details are still being confirmed, an announcement should be made on June 1. We implore you to be ready. Visit monkeytown3.com for more information and to buy tickets.

  1. Eyebeam Art and Technology Center 540 W 21st St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Sun Aug 11
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Save a buck seeing priceless art works during the Museum Mile Festival

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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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Camp out in lower Manhattan for the River to River festival, one of the best things to do in the summer.

Camp out in lower Manhattan for the River to River festival

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Lower Manhattan erupts in hundreds of free cultural and musical events for a month each summer thanks to this massive festival. Of the many amazing concerts, art installations, dance and theatrical performances this year, highlights include the Bang on a Can Marathon, the beloved all-day alt-classical-music session (June 16); Roadside Attraction, a new site-specific theater piece from the boundary-busting Third Rail Projects (June 23–26, July 1, 2); a collaborative work from legendary performance artist Laurie Anderson and musician Bill Laswell (June 18, 19); pieces from renowned choreographers Stephen Petronio (June 29) and Luciana Achugar (July 2); and Ecstatic Summer, a genre-spanning concert put on by members of Deerhoof, Akron/Family, Bon Iver, the National and more (June 29, 30). Whew! Visit rivertorivernyc.com for details.

  1. Locations vary
  2. Sat Jun 15 - Sun Jul 14
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Start the weekend right

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Impresarios Jules Kim and Katie Longmyer are back for season three of their globe-trotting Select Summer Fridays wingding high above the Meatpacking District—specifically, on the roof of the Standard Hotel. Resident DJ Project Matt and top local spinners—including Tiki Disco boys Lloydski and Andy Pry (June 7), and Cosmo Baker (June 14)—ply their trade while you snack on crêpes and quaff cocktails in the open air. Though the party is free, entrance is at the doorman’s discretion—so leave those never-nude shorts at home. The action ends at sundown.

  1. Le Bain 444 W 13th St, at Washington St, 10014
  2. Fri May 24 - Fri Sep 6
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Melinda Moses
Melinda Moses

Oh My. I live in Boston. This is going to be a problem. What an excellent selection of just the sorts of things I love to do!! AWESOME, A++++ List, @Timeout. Thank you!

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Clare

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