Get outdoors in NYC: Events and things to do outdoors this summer

Your guide to getting outdoors to the best beaches, pools, parks, outdoor bars and restaurants, and classic fresh-air New York events this summer



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Get outdoors 2012

Summer scenes: Three hot spots

Get the scoop on boardwalk bites emporium Rockaway Beach Club, postwork food market Hester Nights and the new McCarren Park Pool.

Rooftop and pool parties

Break out your bikini or board shorts for a pool party, or find a dance floor with a view.

Beach and waterfront parties

Dance on sand or a boardwalk at a beach party or waterfront hoedown this summer.

Rooftop and hotel pools

Find out where to dip your toes into the water, plus make a reservation to swim at a hotel pool in Williamsburg.

Public art

From wall art to street art to sculpture, TONY takes you on a tour of public art in New York.

Waterfront hangouts

Find the best piers and riverside parks to sunbathe, stroll, watch the sunset and more.

Water sports

Cool off by jet skiing, sailing or stand-up paddleboarding

Traffic-free cycle rides

Try these five protected bike paths and bike lanes in parks for a car-free route.

Summer concerts in NYC

Check out the top music festivals and outdoor concerts.

Outdoor dining and bars 2012

Outdoor market food guide

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Don't miss these gourmet vendors at the city's markets and alfresco food fairs.

Outdoor dining guide

Blooming gardens, gorgeous patios and other outdoor dining spots where you can eat with a breeze.

Picnic baskets

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Feast outdoors with one of these effortless, prefilled picnic baskets.

Outdoor grilling guide

Stock up for your next outdoor grilling bash with our borough-hopping guide to New York’s best butchers.

Summer drinking guide

Find where to cool off with a summer drink near NYC’s best hot-weather attractions.

Best outdoor bars

Our guide to the city's best alfresco watering holes.

Best beer gardens

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Booze a sunny day away at one of these outdoor drinking destinations.

Rooftop bars in NYC

Booze with a view of New York at our favorite hotel-toppers and decks—from lounges with tough doors to affordable, no-hassle picks.

Outdoor sports and activities 2012

Free kayaking

Get some exercise and catch awesome views of the city from the water.

Tennis courts

Make like McEnroe and practice your swing at one of these public courts.

Outdoor volleyball

Live out your Top Gun fantasies at these sun-soaked outdoor courts.

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