Although we've felt the warmth for some time now, the recent Summer Solstice reminds us that summer is officially here. And for those of us who cringe at the thought of the winds of winter, the time to enjoy all the warm weather wonders that New York City has to offer is now. Here's a list of a few places I've galavanted to this June that you should check out before the summer sun is traded for autumn rains.
Roof at Park South Above the Park South Hotel - Flatiron District
There’s nothing more quintessentially summertime in NYC than a rooftop soiree. Good music, great drinks, wide-open views; who could ask for more in a city where feeling cramped is a normality? Plus, any bar that can make a Tom Collins well—my drink of choice—wins a gold star in my books. Tip: If you are going on a Friday evening, arrive early. The line at the lobby of the hotel can stretch outside.
Prospect Park Bandshell - Park Slope, Brooklyn
This gem of an outdoor venue has a special place in my heart. Last June, I was given life by one of my favorite songstresses, Chaka Khan, who gave the show of a lifetime for free. This June, I saw my favorite band Tame Impala kill it on stage and remind me why Currents is one of my favorite records of all time all in the name charity. Needless to say, I’ve had some great times at the Prospect Park Bandshell which hosts eclectic acts big and small. Check out their upcoming shows here. Tip: Some shows offer seating and others are standing room only. However, all shows offer lawn seating. So pack your own chair or blanket if you’d rather enjoy a show picnic style.
10 Below - Chinatown
This little Thai ice cream roll shop has taken New York by storm this summer. When I went just a few short weeks after it’s grand opening, the line was out the door. Fortunately, the frozen dessert—and even the fun of watching it made—was well worth the lengthy queue. Each week, 10 Below changes up its menu offerings which all offer unlimited toppings. I had the pleasure of scarfing down a s’mores mix which even included a freshly torched marshmallow! Tip: Be prepared to wait in line when the weather is nice.
Hernshead at Central Park Lake - Uptown Manhattan
Near the American Museum of Natural History entrance of Central Park, lies a picturesque rock lookout point on the lake for sunbathers, photographers, and turtle feeders alike. If you’re looking for a quaint place to enjoy nature in the middle of the concrete jungle, this is it. Look on as couples ride romantically in gondolas or as friends crash into each other while aimlessly rowing canoes. This is also a perfect spot to get a great nature shot, so get those cameras ready.
Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club - Gowanus, Brooklyn
Think that shuffleboard is just for retirees? Think again. This amazing bar and shuffleboard venue offers cute cabanas to sit in while you order drinks, a phenomenal bar, fun games while you wait for your court reservation like Connect Four and Jenga and, of course, shuffleboard courts. Surprisingly, this game is actually pretty challenging and I commend all the elders who have enough finesse to consistently score within the line of the 10. But if there’s one way to ease your nerves when playing a competitive game for the first time, it’s well-crafted cocktails. Tip: A staff member will give you the run down of the game before playing so if you come in not knowing anything about shuffleboard you’ll still be able to find your way.
Summer is still in full-swing and I plan to spend the rest of these warms days galavanting and eating before I bunker down once the temperatures drop to the 60s; I don’t do cold weather. Expect an updated list of my July adventures in the coming weeks! Until then, eat, drink, and be merry the NYC summertime way.