It seems like everyone is feeling the lift in the air. So let’s get out there and have some fun! In New York City, the smorgasbord of summer entertainment takes us to rooftops, parks, islands and even out on the water!
Truly unique, and an experience you’ll never forget, just hop on the Collective Retreats water taxi, and in 8 minutes, you will be glamping on Governor’s Island.
There’s a variety of luxury tents to choose from and they all feature flaps that open up wide to take in the extraordinary views of the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan Skyline, and New York Harbor.
One of our SEENYER subscribers, Ann Kell, glamped recently with a friend, and they chose Collective Retreats because it is an outdoor experience, and you aren’t sharing close spaces with anyone. Ann’s top three takeaways were how deeply relaxing the experience is, the stunning views, and also, the great meals. “Our fish was cooked on an outside fire and was delicious,” shared Ann. She recommends calling the concierge beforehand as they provided extra pillows, golf cart transportation, and a pescatarian menu morning to night.
If you don’t choose the overnight option, don’t forget that Governor’s Island is always a delightful and easy retreat with tons of activities and things to do. And it always comes with that spectacular view.
Then, heading uptown, don’t miss Kusama: Cosmic Nature, which showcases this beloved artist’s love for plants. Exclusively at the New York Botanical Gardens, Kusama reveals her lifelong fascination with the natural world, beginning with her childhood spent in the greenhouses and the fields of her family’s seed nursery. You can add the Mark Morris Dance Group to your experience and watch them perform among the Kusama outdoor exhibits until June 27th.
How about a rooftop movie night? Quite a change from Netflix on the couch! Seaport Cinema, the al fresco screening series, returns to the rooftop mini-yards of The Greens at Pier 17. You get a movie plus sunset views of the Lower Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge. Social distancing is easily accomplished sitting in your own 10 foot by 10 foot square of lush green space, complete with lounge chairs and a love seat. Of course, there’s popcorn.
Little Island, NYC’s newest public space, built on Pier 54 on the Hudson River at W. 13th, is all about the relationship between nature and art. Pier 54 was heavily damaged during Hurricane Sandy, and the park’s imaginative design offers all New Yorkers and visitors a new public space that is whimsical, captivating, and restorative. Check out their online calendar of summer musical events, and make your free timed reservation to visit.
Even though we won’t be inside Carnegie Hall until October, Carnegie Hall Citywide, celebrating 45 years, will bring free concerts to all five boroughs this summer — with five scheduled for Bryant Park. These summer concerts mark the first live performances presented by Carnegie Hall since COVID-19 shuttered arts venues in March 2020. All performances will take place outdoors with the most up-to-date safety protocols in place for artists, audiences, and staff.
And speaking of Bryant Park, free concerts kick off in June and end on September 20th. Called The Picnic Performances, there will be jazz, classical, Broadway and more to enjoy on that wonderful green grass lawn in midtown. If you can’t made a show, they’ll be live-streamed as well.
Besides eating out in our favorite neighborhood restaurants, or maybe Greek food in Astoria or a trip to Chinatown, you can now eat tacos on a boat. La Barca Cantina is floating Mexican restaurant, and it sails Thursday through Sunday from Pier 81 at W. 41st and 12th Avenue. They offer a menu full of Mexican-inspired street food, signature cocktails, and of course, breathtaking views of the New York skyline!
If surf and not turf is your style, there’s the choice of ‘lobsta,’ also at Pier 81, with the North River Lobster Company. Sail away into the sunset on a floating lobster shack.
We are thrilled that The Boathouse Cafe reopened in Central Park after being shuttered last summer. They are set up for social distancing, and being there still feels like a mini-vacation. Live piano music Saturdays and Sundays is a delightful touch.
And hallelujah, there’s the return of Shakespeare in the Park in early July with Merry Wives. The Public Theater has already extended the run through September. This year, the tickets will all be distributed through a digital lottery.
We’ll sleep come winter.