It’s that time of year again, when most New Yorkers hate to admit it but actually enjoy that nice “breeze” of a subway car flying by, giving instant relief from the sweltering heat. Summer time is on its way and I have created a list of fun and exciting things to do to cross off your summer bucket list.
On July 15th, 2017 you can make your way to Governors Island for the Waterfront Alliance’s 10th Annual City of Water Day, which celebrates all of NYC’s surrounding harbors. From 10:00 am to 4:00 pm you can go on free boat tours, rowing, paddle boarding and kayaking. For more information, visit waterfrontalliance.org
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, hop on the Staten Island Ferry and go see the beautiful 83 acre grounds of Snug Harbor Botanical Garden, which was once a Naval Retirement home. Entrance to the grounds are free, however certain aspects of the grounds will cost around five dollars depending on where you'd like to visit.
Glass Sculptor Dale Chihuly’s outdoor exhibition at The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx is a must see this summer. Chihuly created 20 vibrant blown glass sculptures that are scattered throughout the grounds that mimic forms found from nature. The sculptures are part of a 28 week exhibition that will last until end of October. Along with his sculptures, you can find drawings from his earlier pieces that showcase his design process.
Ample Hills Creamery in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn makes ice-cream the old fashion way--churning it by hand. They use the freshest, all natural ingredients sourced locally; hormone free milk from grass fed cows and eggs from cage free chickens. They pasteurize the ice cream in order to be able to create the variety of flavors which are also created in house from scratch. Ample Hill offers a two hour class at their Gowanus location where you can make your own ice cream from scratch. If you decide to go, check out their new flavors on Facebook and their permanent and seasonal location spots.
Towards the end of the summer take advantage of Summer Streets where the streets from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, along Park Avenue and connecting streets, are cleared of cars. People can enjoy yoga at the Soho rest stop, zip lining at the Uptown rest stop and water slides in the financial district. This project was designed by the DOT to encourage New Yorkers to use a more sustainable form of transportation--plus it’s free! This takes place on August 5th, 12th, and 19th from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.