Month: July 2013

NYC Shuts Down Park Avenue for Summer Streets 2013

Will you be in New York in August? The Big Apple is full of surprises every day with the amount of events this summer that are fun and free! Come this August, Summer Streets will completely shut down Park Avenue and open up for you to just have fun! You can bring your bike, walk with family, or play and eat with friends. Summer Streets extends from Brooklyn to Central Park with six rest stops where the performances and activities open to all ages! The six rest stops are Uptown Rest Stop, Park Avenue Tunnel, Midtown Rest Stop, Astor Place, Soho Place, and Foley Square Rest Stop. Summer Streets will be held on 3 consecutive Saturdays in August — the 3rd, 10th, and 17th — from 7am to 1pm.

Check out all the free activities:

  • Fitness classes
  • Delicious food vendors
  • Rock climbing
  • Dance performances
  • Yoga
  •  Mini golf
  • Football
  • Public artwork

It gets better, for the first time in history Summer Streets are also opening up the “Voice Tunnel” which runs from 33rd Street to 40th Street. How cool is that to record your voice at the center of the tunnel into an intercom! About 100 voices will be illuminated in the tunnel at any given time.

The 2013 Metropolitan Opera Free Summer Recitals



If you’re in New York for this summer and your taste in music is a little more classical, The Metropolitin Opera has you covered for free!  For all the opera lovers, this year’s summer recital series is in almost every borough and runs from  July 16 to August 1. This is a chance to see the world’s best opera singers in New York. Just grab some waters and choose a park:


Central Park SummerStage

Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 8pm


Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn

Friday, July 19, 2013, 7pm


Crotona Park, Bronx

Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 7pm


Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island

Thursday, July 25, 2013, 7pm


Jackie Robinson Park, Manhattan

Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 7pm


Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens

Thursday, August 1, 2012, 7pm



2013 MLB All-Star Weekend Schedule in NYC

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Friday, July 12 

Javits Center at 9:00AM – 8:00PM from July 12 – July 15 and 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on July 16.

Saturday, July 13

Prospect Park Brooklyn at 8AM

The Great Lawn — Central Park at 7:30 p.m. free tickets are required. Gates open at 3 p.m.

Sunday, July 14

Citi Field beginning at 2 p.m.

Monday, July 15

Citi Field at 8 p.m.

Tuesday, July 16

  • Red Carpet Parade

42nd Street at 1 p.m.

Citi Field at 8 p.m.

Summer Restaurant Week 2013: July 22 to August 16

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Restaurant week is back again in NYC this summer. It is a week so big it lasts 20 days (July 22nd to August 16th). If you still don’t know how it works, participating restaurants offer sweet deals on prix fixe lunches and dinners. With more than 300 restaurant, including TONY’s top critics eateries, you can enjoy mouthwatering lunch for $25 and dinner for $38 without breaking the bank.

It is an opportunity to dine out at some of NYC’s most outstanding restaurants and a chance to try some of the top cuisines that delight your palate and define the art of dining in the Empire City.

Reservations for this beloved culinary tradition are already open, and you can find a list of the restaurants participating here. Go ahead! Indulge yourself!

17 Places You Can Barbecue in New York City


What’s a summer without a barbecue! If you were planning to bring out the grill and have some fun with your friends and family, it’s a must to know some designated areas to barbecue in New York City. Whether you’re in Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, the Bronx, or Brooklyn we got you covered!

So bring out the music and hot dog buns and just remember not to barbecue under the trees. Keep the cooking at least 10 ten feet away. We want to fire up the grill, not the tree. Have a party in the park!

The Bronx

Ferry Point Park: South End of Park/ North End of Park

Pelham Bay Park: Orchard Beach Park North Lawn/ Arnow Place & Bruckner Boulevard

West Farms Rapids: Along Boston Road entrance side


Coffey Park: At Verona and Richards/Dwight streets

Kaiser Park: At West 33rd Street

Fort Greene: Park-Along Myrtle Avenue between North Portland Avenue and St. Edwards Street


Riverside Park: West 145th Street on the Hudson River

Fort Washington Park: North of West 158th Street on the Hudson River

East River Park: Along FDR Drive at East 10th Street

Fort Washington Park: North of West 158th Street on the Hudson River


Allen Park: Winchester Boulevard & Grand Central Parkway/Alley Athletic Field: Union Turnpike & Winchester Boulevard

Flushing Meadows Corona Park: Off Lake West and off Lake East

Highland Park-Upper Highland: Jamaica Avenue

Flushing Meadows Corona Park: Jewel Avenue and Van Wyck Expressway

Staten Island

Clove Lakes Park-Clove Road & Victory Boulevard

Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach: Midland Avenue and Lincoln Avenue

Willowbrook Park: Eaton Place Entrance

Photo Credit: Flickr / rasdourian

The Best Beaches Near NYC to Getaway for the Day


Without a question, beaches are a must go during the summer, but what New Yorkers do have to question is where to go. I’ve heard horror stories about beach experiences in New York City, but there are some beaches in and around the city that you can trust. Even if it takes an hour and a half to get there, it’s still easy to get to and your journey will be worth it.

  1. Long Beach Bring your umbrella and the family to have fun in the sun. It’s easy to get here from the city, just take the LIRR and enjoy the sand and waves.
  2. Rockaway Beach I bet you thought it was no possible way you can surf in NYC! This beach is the city’s only legal surfing beach. Although it’s in Queens, this one is exceptional with cleaner sand and less crowded than the city beaches.
  3.  Fire Island-Fair Harbor If you want to just get away from the city take the LIRR or drive to Long Island and just relax on the beach. Oh and if you want to feel like you’re on a vacation just a day by yourself this is the beach for you.
  4.  Sandy Hook New Jersey is right next door. Why not check out an absolutely clean and beautiful beach that you can reach in under an hour without that much traffic.
  5.  Seaside Heights Another beach in New Jersey to look forward to visiting this summer! Not only can you enjoy the relaxing atmosphere, but there is a boardwalk filled with so many things to do for the kids and plenty of bars to keep the adults occupied. Oh, and the waterpark is just icing on the cake!

We want to make sure you think back on your summer and remember that fun day at the beach if you haven’t already whether it’s in or near New York! Where’s your favorite beach?

Photo Credit: Flickr/whgrad