Go The Extra Mile.
Art takes to the streets for NYC’s Museum Mile.
Ever wonder what it would be like to walk a mile in a museum’s shoes? Well, NYC’s annual Museum Mile Festival allows you to do just that and so much more. Kicking off on 6/9, this 23-block cultural extravaganza offers free access to some of the city’s most esteemed museums that can be found all along Fifth Avenue. Participants get the chance to see the world’s finest art collections up on display at famous places like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim. But just in case that alone isn’t enough to strike your fancy, the festival also includes exciting outdoor activities, such as face painting, chalk drawing, live music, and more! It’s the culture fix you never knew you needed. (Fifth Ave. b/w 82nd and 105th St.)
Brunch Time Beverages.
Savor every sip.
There’s no better way to start your weekend than by experiencing the amazingness of a NYC boozy brunch. And it just so happens that the Refinery Hotel’s signature restaurant, Parker & Quinn, has a way of bringing your breakfast game to a whole new level thanks to their DIY Alcoholic Brunch Board! The establishment’s signature Bloody Board comes with a carafe of their Blood Mary cocktail in addition to a fantastic arrangement of small sides, which includes pickled vegetables, pepper jack cheese, bacon, celery, pimento olives, and more. If you didn’t already think breakfast was the most important meal of the day, you will by the end of this visit. (64 W. 39th St.)
The Loeb Boathouse is the place to be.
Those looking to experience top-quality dining with a spectacular view would do well to stop by for a bite at The Loeb Boathouse. Located right in the middle of Central Park, this urban oasis is the only Manhattan venue right on a lake and provides a rare tranquility to accompany your meal. So whether you’re celebrating an anniversary or meeting up with an old friend, this place is the ideal haven for romantics and nature lovers alike — guaranteed. (E. 72nd St. & 5th Ave.)
Draw The Line.
Experience the history of famous portraits.
Art lovers will want to make a point of visiting the New York Historical Society this month for a special presentation of The Hirschfeld Century: The Art of Al Hirschfeld documenting Hirschfeld’s life and nine-decade career as an acclaimed celebrity portraitist. The display will feature more than 100 originals drawings from this contemporary artist, including his classic portraits of Charlie Chaplin, Ella Fitzgerald, Ringo Starr, and Jane Fonda as well as cast drawings for well-known productions, such as West Side Story, The Glass Menagerie, and Fiddler on the Roof. So come and trace the evolution of this iconic illustrator’s work. His unique cinematic style is sure to leave you mesmerized. (170 Central Park West)
The Time (Square) Of Your Life.
Celebrate the Tony Awards in style.
As the saying goes, there’s no business like show business, which is exactly what makes the annual Tony Awards a must-see each and every year. And what better way to celebrate Broadway’s biggest night than by watching the entire ceremony live on June 7, during a free outdoor broadcast in NYC’s very own Times Square. Surrounded by the bright lights and roar of the crowd, you’ll start to feel as though you’re actually part of the show. So gather up a group of your closest theater friends and pay homage to the cast and crew that make every Broadway production so magical.
Kick Up Your Cleats.
June 28, Red Bulls vs. NYCFC.
There’s only one right way to “kick” off the summer, especially if you’re an avid sports fan and that’s by attending one of the most exciting Major League Soccer games of the season. Watch as the NYCFC takes on the New York Red Bulls at Yankee Stadium on 6/28 for a game of athleticism you won’t soon forget. These soccer pros will have you out of your seat and cheering so loud that your energetic screams fill the entire iconic stadium. There’s simply no better way to spend a Sunday. (1 E. 161st St.)
Take The Stage.
Come join the SummerStage festivities.
Broadway isn’t the only place where you can get your theater fix. The SummerStage Festival offers approximately 30-35 performing events each year and absolutely free of charge! Located right in Rumsey Playfield, this outdoor venue features everything from music and modern dance to spoken word and family programming. Performers this year include The Felice Brothers on 6/4; Horace Brown on 6/12; Judy Torres on 6/24, and many, many more! And if you’re worried about the weather, don’t be. Every spectacular presentation happens in either rain or shine. As they say, the show must go on! (Fifth Ave. & 69th St.)
Embrace summer in style.
With summer now officially underway, it’s time to shed those layers and kick off this beautiful weather in style, starting with a quick shopping trip to Italia Independent for a new pair of sunglasses. From fashionable designer frames to a chic variety of lenses, this store offers up a phenomenal selection of stunning eyewear products for both men and women alike. It’s enough to make you look and feel runway ready all year round. (85 Mercer St.)
I Scream! You Scream!
Enjoy a delicious treat at The Meatball Shop.
No trip to The Meatball Shop is complete without partaking in the establishment’s exquisite dessert offerings. Their ice cream sandwiches, in particular, are exceptionally tasty and the perfect way to beat this summer heat. I mean, homemade ice cream smack dab between two warm, savory cookies of your choosing? It doesn’t get any better than that. Cookie choices range from chocolate chip to brownie walnut to snickerdoodle – just to name a few. Meanwhile, the Ice cream flavors include all the traditional favorites (chocolate and vanilla) as well as a few special ones like espresso, mint, and brown sugar. Come one, come all. Just make sure you come hungry. (themeatballshop.com)
South Street Seaport.
Discover everything Lower Manhattan has to offer.
Museums are all well and good, but to get a true sense of Manhattan’s iconic history, head on down to the South Street Seaport for an unforgettable dose of maritime culture. Located between the Brooklyn Bridge and Wall Street, this area is practically overflowing with seasonal entertainment as well as a bevy of unique shops, restaurants, harbor cruises, and so much more. All it takes is just one visit and you’re guaranteed to keep coming back for more. (Pier 17, Fulton & Front St.)