For many New Yorkers, summertime is an opportunity to jet set – whether to the nearby Hamptons or to faraway European destinations. For those of us who stick around, however, there are plenty of activities to fill your schedule with. From outdoor movie nights in the park and tasty ice cream spots on every corner to riveting art displays and star-studded concerts, you may never have a dull moment if you plan accordingly. And everyone who has had the opportunity to witness a 4th of July fireworks display over the East River knows that there’s simply nothing like it.
TOWN has put together this guide to feature the city’s best events and destinations, including tasty brunch spots, worthy charity events, and cultural opera performances. Enjoy everything the city has to offer this summer, and please let us know if you have any questions about the New York City real estate market or how we can assist you. In this guide, we have included short links to easily reference the details about the event.
Summertime in New York is often marked by red-hot competition for patio space and the perfect beach house. Even though most New Yorkers’ attentions may be focused on getting away, you’d be remiss if you didn’t indulge in the area’s can’t-miss summertime events. If you decide to escape the city, there’s also plenty of action in the Hamptons to pique your interests.
Shakespeare in the Park
Visit Delacorte Theater in Central Park to catch an annual tradition of top-notch performances while you lounge in the shade. Shakespeare in the Park is the perfect ending to a long day. Bring a blanket, a beverage and tapas-style snacks to share with your friends while taking in a production of “Twelfth Night.” Want to enjoy reserved seats and no wait in line? Donate a tax-deductible $200 to Shakespeare in the Park, and enjoy preferred seating and the knowledge that you’re supporting a quality cultural event in the city.
Looking to beat the heat? Pop inside Lincoln Center Theater to catch J.T. Rogers’ newest play,“Oslo.” The dark comedy draws upon the fear and preconceptions of a diverse group of people and how the 1993 Oslo Peace Accord between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization came to fruition. While at the center, make sure to purchase your NYC Ballet tickets for the upcoming 2016-2017 season, set to launch in September.
Vine to Wine Tour
If you’re headed to the Hamptons, don’t miss a chance to see how your favorite wines make it from the vine to the bottle. The Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard offers weekly tours that feature a comprehensive study of the local terroir, demonstrations of bottling and fermenting techniques, and a trip to the barreling cellar. The tour is led by owner and winemaker Anthony Sannino and includes a cheese plate, bottle discounts and, of course, samples of the balanced, nuanced wines. Come see why this North Fork favorite should be the latest addition to your wine cellar.
Parrish Art Museum
If you’re in the east end of Long Island, pop into the Parrish Art Museum to experience works by local artists, and those such as Roy Lichtenstein who have created pieces that can be prominently displayed on the museum’s open grounds. Current exhibitions include a permanent installation by Brooklyn painter James Brooks, renowned French photographer Jean-Luc Mylayne, and a recent production of The Hamptons Get Mortified, based on the documentary that exposes our childhood’s most cringe-worthy, and endearing, moments.