Summer in New York

Summer in New York is in full swing! Discover the essential things to do to make your summer unforgettable, including amazing festivals, outdoor happenings, free culture and more.

Get your sunglasses and cool drinks at the ready because those summer days are here again! Start planning for the hot months ahead with our guide to the essential things to do this summer in New York, including the coolest summer concerts, films, art exhibitions and more.

Summer events

Music

Summer concerts

It’s music-festival season! From the Governors Ball blowout to stadium pop happenings and hip indie shows, there are concerts to satisfy every music lover this summer. There are plenty of music festivals to get stoked for this summer-both indoors and out. Governors Ball returns with a killer lineup featuring Jack White, OutKast and the Strokes, plus Celebrate Brooklyn! returns with soul star Janelle Monáe. You can also catch some of the biggest artists like Katy Perry or Eminem and Rihanna on their summer tours. Most popular events this week Brooklyn Flea It’s that time of year (starting May 4, to be exact) when the Brooklyn Flea comes back outside on Saturdays in Fort Green and Sundays at a new, yet to be announced Williamsburg location. Pick up a couple hand-hammered stack rings by Jessica De Carlo, at a special Flea-only price ($20 each, 2 for $35), or take a walk in Nina Z's eco-conscious clogs and sandals ($95-180). Visit Sharon London for easy-fitting tube dresses ($78) and vintage locket earrings ($12), or Hartford Denim Co. for quality-denim goods, like hoodies ($325) and aprons ($110). While perusing crafts and collectibles by local artisans, munch on some local bites, such as People's Pops' shaved ice ($3) and ice pops ($4) made from local, fresh fruit. "Bill Cunningham: Facades" In 1968, the legendary New York Times photographer set out to explore the idea of fashion as cultural history in a photo essay titled "Facades." More than 40 years later, 88 ori

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Art

Summer art events

Get excited, art aficionados: This summer is going to be chock-full of exceptional shows The new, and already-acclaimed, Met roof-garden installation by Dan Graham is here and ready for your enjoyment (accompanied by delicious cocktails) all summer long. We're also totally jazzed for the opening of Kara Walker's much-anticipated show at the Domino Sugar Factory, A Subtlety or the Marvelous Sugar Baby. Most popular Art events this week "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" The Metropolitan Museum of Art may be known for its paintings and ancient treasures, but fashion is increasingly what brings crowds to the institution. Nearly 700,000 people came to the stunning “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” retrospective in 2011, making it one of the most-visited exhibitions in the museum’s history. Last year’s “PUNK: Chaos to Couture” was a more modest success, as 450,000 people clamored to see a replica of CBGB’s grotty bathroom. With more fashion-focused visitors than ever, the timing is perfect for the museum to open its revamped Costume Institute on May 8. It’ll be bigger and better—and thanks to a particularly helpful benefactor, it’ll be known by a new moniker: the Anna Wintour Costume Center. Yes, that Anna Wintour. Condé Nast’s artistic director is one of the Met’s biggest champions, having raised nearly $125 million for the institute and frequently organizing its annual celeb-studded Costume Institute Gala. And while it’s unlikely that the famously tough editor will get as involved

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Restaurants

The best food and drink events this summer

This summer, treat your taste buds with Time Out’s list of lip-smacking summer food events Ah, summer, the ideal time for dining alfresco. Whether you decide to go picnicking, or enjoy some grub at an outdoor market, baseball game or BBQ block party, summer is all about those delicious eats. Kick off your smorgasbord season the right way with one of these delectable food happenings. Most popular in Food & Drink 100 best New York restaurants From unimpeachable classics to buzzy newcomers courting the food-world cognoscenti, these are the 100 best New York restaurants you need to know about right now. Most popular in Restaurants Chelsea Market The former home of the National Biscuit Company is a hot spot for foodies-in-training; favorite vendors include Jacques Torres, People's Pops and Ronnybrook Dairy. The NoMad In the golden age of robber baron New York—we’re talking turn of the last century—there were hotel restaurants like the NoMad all across the city, their grand dining rooms buzzing with beau monde patrons morning till night. The recent return of the all-day hotel clubhouse began with hip reinventions of the form at the Standard, Ace and Gramercy Park Hotels. But the NoMad, with its rich mahogany bar and dining rooms shrouded in red velvet curtains, is our first truly opulent throwback. The luxurious setting, flawless service, and preponderance of foie gras and truffles call to mind an haute cuisine titan like Jean-Georges Vongerichten or Daniel Boulud. But with it

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Things to Do

Things to do this summer

Get your planner ready for an action-packed summer with Time Out’s picks for the best festivals, cultural events and more It's time to get out there and explore all that summer in New York has to offer. Dress up in some skimpy under-the-sea garb for Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade, or partake in a Charleston competition at the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island. If you want less of a party and more of a cultural fix, be sure to attend the Museum Mile Festival where some of the city’s best museums are open free of charge. Most popular events this week Brooklyn Flea It’s that time of year (starting May 4, to be exact) when the Brooklyn Flea comes back outside on Saturdays in Fort Green and Sundays at a new, yet to be announced Williamsburg location. Pick up a couple hand-hammered stack rings by Jessica De Carlo, at a special Flea-only price ($20 each, 2 for $35), or take a walk in Nina Z's eco-conscious clogs and sandals ($95-180). Visit Sharon London for easy-fitting tube dresses ($78) and vintage locket earrings ($12), or Hartford Denim Co. for quality-denim goods, like hoodies ($325) and aprons ($110). While perusing crafts and collectibles by local artisans, munch on some local bites, such as People's Pops' shaved ice ($3) and ice pops ($4) made from local, fresh fruit. "Bill Cunningham: Facades" In 1968, the legendary New York Times photographer set out to explore the idea of fashion as cultural history in a photo essay titled "Facades." More than 40 years later, 88

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Movies

5 new movie releases for summer

Time Out New York picks the hot films to see during blockbuster season Warmer days are on the horizon, so it's time for Hollywood to unleash its behemoths. We look at some of the big-budget blockbusters coming down the pike (the rebellious simians are back in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), as well as some indie alternatives like the quirky Michael-Fassbender-in-a-weird-mask dramedy, Frank. Check out our picks for new movie releases below. The best films now showing Ida Tragedy hangs like smoke over this spectral, startling return to form for Polish writer-director Pawel Pawlikowski—a richly sympathetic and deeply moving experience. Locke Unmuzzled by his Bane mask from The Dark Knight Rises, Tom Hardy carries an entire drama by himself, as a driver grappling with shifting moods and multiple calls. Othello This is one of the finest cinematic incarnations of William Shakespeare’s tragedy, starring a commanding Orson Welles (who also directed) as the Moor of Venice. Jersey Boys Clint Eastwood directing a musical? That makes our day. The former Dirty Harry is behind-the-scenes only on this seemingly splashy adaptation of the hit Broadway show about the rise of the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. Christopher Walken plays a mobster, and hopefully hoofs it, as he need to do more often. Boyhood Our own Josh Rothkopf was enthralled by Richard Linklater's nearly three-hour drama when it premiered at Sundance. Shot piecemeal over 12 years, the film follows a young man (

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Comedy

The best summer comedy

Laugh all summer long with our roundup of hilarious stand-up shows This summer brings plenty of opportunities to catch some great comedians. Beloved comic Dave Chappelle steps back into the spotlight with NYC gigs at Radio City, and hilarious alt-cabaret star Bridget Everett plays a show at Joe's Pub. Be sure to snap up your tickets before they're gone! The Gregory Brothers Two Internet-famous, meme-browsing musical groups share the spotlight tonight. The Gregory Brothers, best known for their appropriations of political debates and TV news interviews, make painfully catchy songs from Auto-Tuned snippets of dialogue. Jeffrey Ross Having presided over roasts of celebrities ranging from Flavor Flav to Joan Rivers, the Roastmaster General has also hacked his way into other media with a book (I Only Roast the Ones I Love) and a DVD (No Offense: Live from New Jersey). Onstage, his commitment to evisceration remains, even as he launches his arrows at a larger number of targets. Doug Loves Movies Live Podcast Comic and inveterate pothead Doug Benson welcomes a few special guests to dish about motion pictures for his podcast, Doug Loves Movies. Dave Chappelle In the years since the demise of Chappelle's Show, this comic's mystique has grown almost as much as his fans' reverence. He laid low until last year, when his Oddball Festival gigs proved that his incisive mind and delivery had not suffered. Some things are different—he's ripped and smokes like a fiend now—but anyone going

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LGBT

The best LGBT events

It’s Pride season! Celebrate this summer with parades, dancing on the pier, top-notch cabaret and more. It's time to dust off your rainbow gear and head over to one of the multiple Pride marches and other LGBT festivities happening this summer. There are stacks of events to enjoy all summer long; cabaret fans can soak up the Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret, and for those who just want to boogie down, head out to dance on the pier at pier 26. Most popular events this week Best gay bars in New York City The best gay bars in New York, as chosen by Time Out New York's editors. Drink and dance the night away at these gay clubs and pubs. Fairytail Lounge This Hell's Kitchen watering hole packs a lot of glittery, pseudo-Victorian personality into a small space. Patrons can sip cocktails off the backs of sexy centaur mannequins, or park at the bar while bopping their heads to tunes from various DJs during weekly theme nights. Flaming Saddles Saloon City folk can party honky-tonk-style at this country-western gay bar. The 74-seat spot is outfitted to look like a Wild West bordello, complete with red velvet drapes, antler sconces and rococo wallpaper. Throw back a shot and wrangle yourself a mate, or chow down on hearty grub like Texas red chili or Angus beef burgers. Don't miss the entertainment—performances by bartenders dancing in cowboy boots add to the raucous vibe. Atlas Social Club Gay nightlife honcho Josh Wood teamed up with veterans of Drom, Eastern Bloc and Splash to bri

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Dance

Summer dance shows

From ballet to tap to contemporary dance, summer promises truly exceptional productions Looking to experience some thrilling dance this summer? Choose from these excellent events. Treat yourself to traditional dance with New York City Ballet or the world-famous Bolshoi Ballet, or go contemporary with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. With the Lincoln Center Festival dancing into view, your summer will be in full swing. Most popular events this week New York City Ballet Spring 2014 The company's spring season focuses on 21st-century choreographers, with selections by Mauro Bigonzetti, William Forsythe, Peter Martins, Benjamin Millepied, Justin Peck, Angelin Preljocaj, Alexei Ratmansky, Liam Scarlett, Richard Tanner and Christopher Wheeldon. As balance, entire programs are also dedicated to the choreography of Balanchine and Robbins, including works from the company's 1964 inaugural Lincoln Center season: The Four Temperaments, Raymonda Variations, Symphony in C and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Sleep No More To untimely rip and paraphrase a line from Macbeth: Our eyes are made the fools of the other senses, or else worth all the rest. A multitude of searing sights crowd the spectator's gaze at the bedazzling and uncanny theater installation Sleep No More. Your sense of space and depth---already compromised by the half mask that audience members must don---is further blurred as you wend through more than 90 discrete spaces, ranging from a cloistral chapel to a vast ballroom floo

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More summer activities

Things to Do

10 best beaches

Summer's here! Plan a beach outing with our guide to New York City's best seaside retreats

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Best swimming pools

We break down New York City’s top summer swimming pools where you can escape this season's unbearable heat

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NYC's waterfront

No Top-Siders or lobster-patterned trousers here—these urban trailblazers are reclaiming NYC’s waterfront one canoe at a time

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Events and things to do outdoors

There are so many great reasons to get outdoors this season

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Great outer-borough bike routes

Take to the streets on two wheels with these beginner-friendly cycling itineraries

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Coney Island attractions

Luna Park opens for the season this weekend—and there are plenty other reasons to visit Coney Island this summer Amid several decades of redevelopment efforts and more recent rebuilding in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Coney Island remains one of New York City’s quintessential summertime destinations. Around 14 million people ride to the end of the D, F, N and Q lines each year to enjoy the beach and historic boardwalk. Here are a few more Coney Island attractions that make the journey worthwhile. Most popular events this week Though Luna Park (1000 Surf Ave at 10th St; 718-373-5862, lunaparknyc.com; various times and prices) reopens on Sunday 13, it’s Memorial Day that has thrill-seekers atwitter: That’s when the Thunderbolt is makes its glorious debut. The 115-foot-tall roller coaster—which will move riders along 2,233 feet of track at speeds of up to 55 miles per hour—is Coney Island’s first in more than a century to turn riders completely upside down in a 100-foot vertical loop. Until then, adrenaline junkies can get their kicks on the Sling Shot, which flings patrons 150 feet into the air at 90 miles per hour, and the terrifyingly rickety 87-year-old Cyclone. Popular features in Things to Do The New York bucket list Here are the ten New York experiences you simply can’t miss. Cheap date ideas for fun-seeking New Yorkers Don’t fret, penny-pincher—each of these fun cheap date ideas will cost you $30 or less. Don’t be a tourist: Find in-the-know things to do in New Yor

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Things to Do

Rockaway Beach attractions

Here’s your guide to getting the most out of the Queens coast The beach that’s always been a summer staple for New York residents has cleaned up its act. The Rockaways are now full of happening places to surf, shop, get a delicious burger or cold drink and more. Treat yourself to a mini vacay and head over to the beautiful Queens coast! See all summer events Summer concerts It’s music-festival season! From the Governors Ball blowout to stadium pop happenings and hip indie shows, there are concerts to satisfy every music lover this summer. There are plenty of music festivals to get stoked for this summer-both indoors and out. Governors Ball returns with a killer lineup featuring Jack White, OutKast and the Strokes, plus Celebrate Brooklyn! returns with soul star Janelle Monáe. You can also catch some of the biggest artists like Katy Perry or Eminem and Rihanna on their summer tours. Most popular events this week Brooklyn Flea It’s that time of year (starting May 4, to be exact) when the Brooklyn Flea comes back outside on Saturdays in Fort Green and Sundays at a new, yet to be announced Williamsburg location. Pick up a couple hand-hammered stack rings by Jessica De Carlo, at a special Flea-only price ($20 each, 2 for $35), or take a walk in Nina Z's eco-conscious clogs and sandals ($95-180). Visit Sharon London for easy-fitting tube dresses ($78) and vintage locket earrings ($12), or Hartford Denim Co. for quality-denim goods, like hoodies ($325) and aprons ($110).

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Bars

Summer drinking in NYC

The skies are sunny and hot weather is here, which can mean only one thing: the season for summer drinks is upon us

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Cool things to do on NYC rooftops

And there you were thinking that New York rooftops were only places to drink on

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Music

Free summer concerts and festivals

One of the (many) reasons we love living in New York is the huge amount of free concerts come summertime

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Movies

Summer outdoor movies

Break out your blankets, vino and snacks: Outdoor movie screenings are here

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Travel

Weekend getaways from NYC

Easy day trips and overnights are just a car, train or bus ride away

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Best summer music

Music

The 50 best summer songs

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The 50 best road trip songs

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100 greatest dance songs

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The 50 best sex songs

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Wine and dine al fresco

Restaurants

Outdoor dining guide

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The best picnic spots in NYC

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Bars

Best outdoor bars

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Fantastic boat bars

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Parks and attractions

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Central Park guide

Map out your next trip to Central Park in New York with our handy rundown of the park’s must-see attractions. Whether you’re looking for a free tour, a serene picnicking spot, an off-the-beaten-path area or a historical monument, we’ve got you covered. You’ll also find the lowdown on tourist-friendly musts—the Central Park Zoo, boat rides on the Lake, the Bow Bridge, Belvedere Castle—that are perfect for out-of-town friends and family. RECOMMENDED: Full list of top New York attractions Things to do in Central Park Concerts and events in Central Park Picnic spots in Central Park Ten things you must do in Central Park Lesser-known Central Park spots Biking in Central Park Central Park Zoo Belvedere Castle Conservatory Garden Great Lawn You'll find plenty of crowds on this beautiful field in the middle of Central Park; warmer temperatures bring out people picnicing, playing Frisbee or sunbathing. The lawn had fallen into disrepair by the 1980s, but an extensive renovation in the mid-’90s restored it to its lush glory. Dotted with baseball diamonds, the lawn is occasionally the site of live music performances. Rumsey Playfield Every summer, Central Park SummerStage fills Rumsey Playfield with every type of music under the sun. After the SummerStage concerts (free) and their benefit shows (not free) conclude for the year, the space hosts other paying gigs, minus the SummerStage name. Arsenal Gallery This exhibition space is located near the 64th Street entrance to the par

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Things to Do

The High Line guide

Find the best things to do near the High Line in New York City, plus the best events happening on the elevated park. Most popular Brooklyn Flea The Brooklyn Flea is back outside on Saturdays in Fort Greene and Sundays in Williamsburg . Pick up a couple hand-hammered stack rings by Jessica De Carlo, at a special Flea-only price ($20 each, 2 for $35), or take a walk in Nina Z's eco-conscious clogs and sandals ($95-180). Visit Sharon London for easy-fitting tube dresses ($78) and vintage locket earrings ($12), or Hartford Denim Co. for quality-denim goods, like hoodies ($325) and aprons ($110). While perusing crafts and collectibles by local artisans, munch on some local bites, such as People's Pops' shaved ice ($3) and ice pops ($4) made from local, fresh fruit. Kara Walker, "A Subtlety or The Marvelous Sugar Baby" If Kara Walker were white and male, her work might fit comfortably under the “bad boy” rubric, that impudent mix of outrage and attitude so beloved by collectors. But she’s African-American, a woman artist focusing on race and gender, who’s content to pour gasoline on both and set them on fire. She knows how to push your buttons. That she does with her latest effort, “A Subtlety or The Marvelous Sugar Baby,” a public artwork cosponsored by the developer converting the site of Williamsburg’s Domino Sugar Factory into condos. While the Subtlety refers to the sugar sculptures that once adorned the tables of the powerful as displays of their wealth, the piece presides

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Museums

Coney Island and Luna Park guide

Coney Island is the quintessential New York attraction, from the beach to the boardwalk to the rides at Luna Park. Plan a trip to with our Coney Island guide. In its heyday, from the turn of the century to the Second World War, Coney Island was New York City's playground. Years of neglect followed, but the arrival of the new Luna Park amusement hub—and the staying power of the iconic Wonder Wheel and teeth-rattling Cyclone roller coaster—have made the area a resurgent New York attraction. It's also the home to hot dog stalwart Nathan's and Coney Island USA, a group that's driven the New York renaissance in sideshow and burlesque diversions. Coney Island's one of the New Yorkiest ways to spend a few hours or a weekend afternoon. RECOMMENDED: The 50 best New York attractions | Summer in New York guide Tweets from @TimeOutNewYork/coney-island !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Coney Island events Coney Island Circus Sideshow One of the last of its kind, this ten-act extravaganza of human oddities aims to satisfy nostalgic and progressive temperaments alike. Now in its 29th season, the iconic spectacle adds a footnote to the controversial freak-show conversation by celebrating the talents of those “born different.” The lineup includes contortionists, sword swallowers, fire eaters an

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Governors Island guide

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