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16 photo-worthy things to do this summer in NYC
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Annalise Mantz

Here’s a riddle for the social media–obsessed: If you have the coolest summer ever and never Instagram it, did it even happen?

Lazy afternoons in the park, warm nights at rooftop bars and sandy trips to the beach aren’t just fun—they also make for some epic shots. Have your best (and most Instagrammable) summer yet by checking these 16 awesome things to do off your list. Your social media game is about to be so strong.

1. Picnic in Central Park

Bonus points given for especially impressive spreads. 

A day in the park with my love 💗🍽

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2. Kayak on the Hudson River

City life

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3. See a movie at Rooftop Cinema Club

Rain drop, drop top, catching a flick on a rooftop 💃🏻 Literally though...we needed ponchos. 📽☔️ #twinB

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4. Board a booze cruise

#nofilter #iphonography #nyccruise #nyc #hudsonriver #landscape

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5. Camp out for Shakespeare in the Park tickets

6. Ride the coasters at Coney Island

7. Eat all the food at Smorgasburg

This is summer ☀️

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8. Drink on a rooftop

Reaching 1k means we should celebrate with a drink! 😍💓 #thankful #weloveourfollowers

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9. Get down at WarmUp at MoMA PS1


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10. Lay out on the beach

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11. Go to a Mets or Yankees game

12. Check out some of the summer’s public art

Happy monday! #pinwheels #theconnectiveproject

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13. Explore Governors Island

14. Snap an epic Manhattanhenge photo

15. Hit up an outdoor music festival

Panorama Music Festival, Afropunk and Electric Zoo are all coming up.

Lady in blue way in the distance 🗽

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16. Bike all around the city

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