We’re about halfway through the summer season now, and Rosetta wants you to keep enjoying it as best you can. Thanks to this NY Times Article, we’ve helped compile a list of exciting, affordable things to do all over NYC this summer.
Take advantage of all the culture that Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Queens have to offer. A lot of events or free or simply ask for a donation.
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day (which, this year, is on Monday, September 2nd), there are countless events throughout the city.
See the City:
You can visit the South Street Seaport and “imagine what it was like to deliver heavy cargo in an era before interstates and tractor-trailers” on Tuesdays through Sundays until October 20th. The tickets are $45 for adults, $35 for children (3-12 years old) and seniors.
Or, you can take advantage of the Statue of Liberty crown reopening this season! You’ll need advanced tickets to go up that high, but it’s worth it. Catch a ferry from Battery Park anytime between 8:30AM and 4:15PM.
Feeling like just perusing the city? There’s still one day to catch the Bronx Culture Trolley (August 1). Start at the reception with drinks and food at 5PM, hosted at the Longwood Art Gallery of Hostos Community College and then take the ride around places like the Bronx Museum, the Andrew Freedman Mansion, and the Pregones Theatre.
Nature enthusiasts can go on the “Birds, Bugs, and Bees Tour” of Pier 1 on August 3.
“Go, Team, Go!”
Maybe these cruises are too expensive for you? Take a free harbor cruise on the Staten Island Ferry. You can take it to go catch a game with the Stated Island Yankees at Richmond County Bank Ballpark. Single tickets start as low as $15.
Is food more your thing?
Head down to the Brooklyn waterfront to visit the Smorgasburg food markets all summer. If it’s a Saturday, head to the East River State Park in Williamsburg, and Sundays at the Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park in Dumbo. All food markets are open from 11AM to 6PM.
Participate in “The Billion Oyster Project” on August 6.
Looking to get more active than that?
Rocking the Boat, as well as the Bronx River Alliance, are now offering community rowing every Saturday afternoon. Just stop by Hunts Point Riverside Park in the South Bronx. The rides are free!
TODAY you can play badminton at Recess New York until 5PM.
The Muay Thai boxers of “Rumble on the River” will showcase their skills at Hudson River Park’s Pier 84 on August 1 at 7PM.
If you’re looking for arts and culture…
The Rooftop Film Series has become a “summer staple,” screening movies outside all across the city. You can get the full schedule here.
Shakespeare in the Park is also happening! The “famously free” event also has “famously long lines,” though, so consider reserving your seat with a $175 tax-deductable donation.
Also, check out “SyFy Movies with a View” at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Sadly, you might have missed “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” on July 11, but there’s still time to catch “Roman Holiday” on August 8 and others.
Brooklyn’s independent book stores are coming together to host “Books Beneath the Bridge” every Monday until August 13.
Support fellow artists by attending the New York City Poetry Festival on July 27 and 28 between 11AM and 5PM.
Celebrate the history of Harlem with the Dance Theatre of Harlem Family Street Festival on August 3; the Golden Hoops at Rucker Park basketball showcase from August 8 to 11; and the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in Marcus Garvey Park on August 24, all as a part of Harlem Week!
Obviously, we can’t forget about the great concerts happening through NYC:
Lincoln Center’s free “Out of Doors” concert series is starting! “This year’s edition features concerts to commemorate the Kronos Quartet’s 40th year, including collaborations with the Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen at Damrosch Park Bandshell.”
The Lincoln Center series will surely go out with a bang in August with Ruben Blades, Aug. 7; Amanda Palmer, Aug. 9; and Nick Lowe, Aug 10, all at Damrosch Park.
Attend Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue at Tappen Park in Staten Island on July 30, hosted by the SummerStage Concert Series, which is also the host of the Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, happening on August 1.
Attend the annual R&B Festival as Brooklyn Academy of Music “takes over the MetroTech Commons in Downtown Brooklyn, culminating with the formidable one-two punch of the master percussionist and Prince collaborator, Sheila E…and the enigmatic guitar virtuoso and studio visionary, Shuggie Otis” on August 1 and 8, respectively.
Look into Brooklyn’s Prospect Park for their own summer concert series, Celebrate Brooklyn. Beck is playing on August 4.
Take a free ferry ride to Governors Island to live like Great Gatsby at their Jazz Age Lawn Party, hosted by Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra. For a taste of what that’s like, here’s the Great Gatsby Trailer:
Combine food and blues at the Hudson River Park Blues BBQ for the 14th year in a row! Pier 84 is hosting the vent on August 24th.
Flashing lights, great music, and interesting people: all the best things about New York City are coming together at the 5th annual Electric Zoo Festival. The music features big names like Aviici, Tiesto, and Steve Aoki across 5 stages from August 30 to September 1.
Here's a little of what to expect at Electric Zoo:
Check out the Out of Doors “Family Day” on July 27. The Brooklyn Youth Chorus will make an appearance at Hearst Plaza at noon, and Dan Zanes & Friends will play his “Tribute to Leadbelly” as Damrosch Park at 5PM.