1. Sit Parkside for some views
a. Central Park
You literally cannot spend summer in the city without visiting Central Park at least once. Bring a blanket and a speaker to hang out with some friends for a chill afternoon. Pro tip: walk deeper into the park to find quieter spots without tourists. Bonus points if you get a view of a pond.
b. Hudson River Park
Lining the west side of Manhattan, the Hudson River Park offers a nice break from the usual hustle and bustle. You can visit the Highline and Chelsea Piers or head all the way downtown to Battery Park. Every Wednesday at Pier 63, movies are shown drive-in theater style.
c. Brooklyn Bridge Park
You can almost always find free yoga classes in the park. And if you’ve always wanted to walk the Brooklyn Bridge, now’s the perfect time. The park offers tons of courts, piers and fields for sports, as well as gardens and bike paths.
2. Get cultured at a museum
a. Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD)
Who doesn’t love food? At MOFAD you can learn about the culture and history of foods through touch, smell and taste. And visiting Brooklyn is always a plus.
b. Metropolitan Museum of Art
The MET is a New York City icon for a reason. An oldie but goodie, the MET offers something for everyone. Check out the Heavenly Bodies exhibit for a chance to imagine serving looks at the MET Gala alongside Rihanna and her pope hat.
c. Museum of Sex
We’ve all seen the inflatable boobs on Insta but TRUST that it’s better in person. Not recommended for first dates or intern bonding events.
3. Cool down with ice cream
If you’re working in the Upper East Side, Sedutto can be a convenient spot to de-stress after a long day. It’s an uptown classic and they’re open 7 days a week.
b. Big Gay Ice Cream Shop
Whether you’re in the East Village or the West Village, Big Gay has you covered with two locations. Although bigger and more iconic, the west side is guaranteed to come with long lines. Head to the east side for a more lowkey feel.
c. Ice and Vice
This experimental shop is WILD with its flavors. They’re seasonal flavors this summer are inspired by an open bar that include rosé and piña colada. If you’re not in the mood to be trampled by tourists, avoid the Times Square location and stick to the one in the Lower East Side.