A Short List of Reasons This City Had Us At Hello.

The warmer weather and higher spirits that Summer brings makes it easy to have a love affair with NYC. It’s like the honeymoon phase, all bliss. Getting the most out of the longer days and loungier vibe means getting out in it, and there’s no better place than New York for embracing a little bit of everything. Here’s a rundown of things on the must-do list before the romance of the season fades.

High Times

Urban park took on a whole new meaning when The High Line transformed the west side of lower Manhattan into something special. Built on a historic elevated rail line, the attraction has evolved beyond offering lovely wildflowers, greenery, outdoor art, and some of the best views in NYC, to become a real hub of activity with daily meditation, tai chi and stargazing. The neighborhood has evolved along with it. Restaurants and shops have opened up and down this urbanite’s playground, including the Whitney Museum’s spectacular new location at the foot of The High Line’s south entrance. Music plays a big part as well, with weekly shows popping up along the park’s 1.5 mile-long strip, including the glamorous CHEEKY LaSHAE Karaoke Universal, an August 17th appearance that blurs the boundary between audience and performer. Get your vocal chords ready.

Good Day Gov'na

Getting just barely off the isle of Manhattan can feel like a world away. Bike riding, a vintage French carnival, and an arty minigolf course make this short ferry ride away to Governors Island an easy choice for a day trip. You’ll also find Head in the Clouds, an installation worthy of the name and perfect place to chill and let thoughts float away. The must-see event though, is the Summer installment of the JAZZ AGE LAWN PARTY. Gents get dapper and gals go flapper for this straight-outta-Gatsby prohibition era-inspired gathering. Michael Arenella and his swing band host what the NY Times regularly calls, “One of the most memorable events of the year.” Skirts kick up and things kick off August 26th and 27th.

Stars Under The Stars

Breaking out the blankets to stretch out on a grassy patch while the sun sets just feels like Summer. Throw in the flicker of the silver screen, and you’ve got an NYC experience. The city has plenty to offer the outdoor movie enthusiast, from free shows in the parks, like Hudson RiverFlicks or Movies WIth A View, to the more avant garde Rooftop Films series. The grandaddy of them all though, is the Bryant Park Film Festival, where the lawn opens Mondays at 5pm for great food, friends, and a classic cartoon before the sunset start of each film. You can still see the classic North by Northwest – August 14, or the crowd pleaser Dirty Dancing – August 21. Bring the popcorn.

Root, Root, Root For The Home Team

When it comes to baseball, NYC is the city so nice they, “play ball” twice. Whether it’s the Bronx Bombers or the The Amazin's you scream for, a day at the ballpark is a sports fan bucket-lister. Jumping a subway up to Yankee Stadium or out to the Met’s Citi Field for America’s favorite pastime is practically religion in NYC, and no Summer is complete without a trip to either of these cathedrals of baseball. Catch a game August 14-17 and you’ll see the teams play each other in the annual subway series. Batter Up!

Sea And Be Scene

Summer in New York is all about relaxing in luxury – or re-luxuring?! The latest edition to the Seaport District fits the description perfectly. GARDEN BAR, inspired by Italian piazza life is NYC’s largest outdoor space for lounging and libations. A true oasis in the city situated on the cobblestones, the 78-foot of bar space gives plenty of room to sprawl out with signature cocktails and Sixpoint beers. The soundtrack to all this “re-luxuring” comes courtesy of the Seaport’s SUMMER STAGE series just steps away. The combination of drinks, dining, and a bit of lively dancing makes Garden Bar the NYC outdoor spot that just might be this Summer’s go-to stop.