May 12th, 2017, 10:27 PM

Summertime in the Big Apple

By Alix Creel
Photo Credit: Spoiled NYC
Places to be and places see in NYC during its warmest months.

With summer break approaching, many of you probably have plans involving internships, travels, or hopefully a visit to the best city in the world. I have lived in New York City my entire life, and I have found summer to be one of my most favorite times there. From different festivals, restaurants, rooftops, and exhibits, you will never find yourself bored. During the summer, the city is very lively and everyone is outdoors enjoying all the city has to offer.

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Festivals

I would recommend looking at the Summerstage in Central parks schedule. They offer free admission, and this summer's musical lineup covers classical, jazz, hip-hop, indie rock, and even comedy. It's a great opportunity to hang with friends outside on a summer evening. 

If you're into more newer-generation artists, I would definitely look into Governors Ball Music Festival. It is an annual event that is located on Randall's Island. It is a three-day festival, ranging from pop, atmospheric, dreamy rock (Air, Beach House) and more. Average ticket price per day is $105.

Summerstage. Image Credit: Frenchculture.org

Restaurants

The Standard Grill is located at the Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking District. This restaurant is very popular during the summer, as they have a lot of outdoor space which is rare in New York City. This trendy American cuisine bistro is located near the Highline as well which is nice to walk on a warm summer evening. Prices range from $30 and under.

Also located below the Highline, Santina, which is a glass enclosed restaurant Italian-style decor and cuisine, offers amazing food and an amazing atmosphere. There are tables outside, but sitting inside isn't too shabby either. Prices range from $31-$50.

Le District opened in 2015 and is located near the Freedom Tower. This major food hall offers American and French cuisine. It is located right on the Hudson river, which is fun during the summer. There are a few different restaurants located in the food hall, but if you step outside there are cafes near the Hudson that almost make you feel like you are back by the seine in Paris. 

Another great place to check out is Gemma at the Bowery Hotel. This stylish joint offers amazing Italian cuisine and outdoor seating. Whether you are seated on the sidewalk, or back in the garden, the atmosphere of Gemma is perfect, prices range from $11-$30.

Santina. Image Credit: Urbandaddy.com

Rooftops

Recently opened, Mr. Purple is located on the Indigo hotels rooftop and seems to be becoming one of New York City's hottest rooftop lounge bars. This very posh bar serves food and drinks, definitely worth a visit! Prices range from $30 and under.

The Gallow Green is on the rooftop of The McKittrick Hotel but somehow makes you feel like you are in an enchanted garden. If you're looking for a yummy dinner and large cocktails, this is where you should go. Prices range from $30 and under.

If you're into the craftsmanship of a cocktail, then you should head on over to Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar. This bar is located on the top of the Conrad Hotel, and they are most famous for their ice pop drinks. Prices range from $25 and under.

On top of the infamous Metropolitan Museum of Art, there is a cocktail bar that offers sweeping views of the city. If you're going to the Met for an exhibit, head up to the Members Rooftop Bar for some fresh air and a refreshing cocktail while admiring the incredible view. Prices range from $20 and under.

Mr. Purple. Image Credit: Cremedesign.com

Exhibits

If your super into fashion, like myself, the Costume Institute’s 2017 Exhibition at The Met focuses on Rei Kawakubo and the Art of the In-Between. The exhibition opened to the public on May 4th and finishes on September 4th. Each exhibition held at the costume institute every year are always incredible, so this is definitely a must-see while you're in the "Big Apple". Tickets cost $25 for adults, but the student discount ticket only costs $12, so don't forget your student ID!

Located 30 feet above the ground, The Highline is an old railroad track that has been converted into a walkway for pedestrians to enjoy views of the city and to check out art exhibits. There are always different exhibitions each year, so it's definitely worth it to check out the views the Highline has to offer while you still can. 

Rei Kawakubo at The Met. Image Credit: Wwd.com

New York City has so much to offer, and there is always something new and exciting to check out. Be sure to explore some of these places this summer if you are able to make a trip.