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Summer in the City, NYC Style!

Published: June 17th, 2015

Summertime in Manhattan is one of the best times of the year!  There are so many wonderful(sometimes free!) events and activities to choose from. If you want to see a play in Central Park, visit historic museums, or enjoy cocktails on a rooftop bar, NYC is the place to be!  We’d love for you to join us this summer with your family and friends to experience an amazing summer in NYC!  Kate from Hotel Giraffe has graciously compiled a list of some of her favorite ways to celebrate the season!


Shakespeare in the Park– Shakespeare in the Park is celebrating its 53rd Anniversary this year, located at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. It is one of New York City’s most beloved summer events. This year they will be performing “The Tempest” from May 27th– July 5th following with ”Cymbeline” from July 23rd– August 23rd. Tickets to all performances are free and are available either in Central Park, virtual ticketing lottery or the downtown lottery distribution at Astor Place. They are terrific performances to see when visiting New York City!


Bryant Park’s HBO Film Festival- June 22-August 24th Every Monday, find a spot on the lawn and watch old classic movies on the big screen outside for free. Showing movies including Footloose, Back to the Future and Ghostbusters. It’s a great idea for a date night or to meet up with friends after work, just be sure you get there early to get a good spot!


Rooftop Bars in NYC– Enjoying the Manhattan skyline with a cocktail is a must when staying in the city for the summer months. With so many beautiful views and away from the hustle and bustle of the city streets, Rooftop bars are every New Yorker’s go to when enjoying the summer weather. Of course we would recommend going to two of our very own Rooftop Lounges! Hotel Giraffe’s Rooftop Lounge open when weather is permitted as well as the Library Hotel’s Bookmark Lounge, where you can enjoy cocktails with names inspired by famous authors and classic books open all year round! Another recommendation, which is also one of our favorites is the MET’s Rooftop Garden Café and Martini Bar with amazing views of the entire city and located right near Central Park. It is a wonderful place to go for a romantic date or to catch up with friends.


Jazz Age Lawn Party- Ever wanted to go back in time to the Prohibition-era? Well it’s your luck because for two weekends this summer June 13th & 14th, August 15th & 16th at Governors Island with the purchase of tickets you can experience the soiree. Enjoy jazz music while sipping on “speakeasy” summer cocktails. Dress  the part in suits or flapper attire and dance the night away at their lawn party. Tickets are beginning to sell out already, so purchase them before it’s too late!


Shake Shack: The famous Shake Shack was under construction all winter long in Madison Square Park. It recently had its grand re-opening in May and we could not be more excited about it! You have to be quick to get a seat at the famous eatery, though the lines can be long sometimes it is well worth the wait! This burger joint is right down the block from our very own Hotel Giraffe. If you book their “Summer Fling” package you will receive a $20 gift card to Shake Shack as well as 2 Empire State Building Express Deck Passes and 2 cocktails on the house at Bread & Tulips located downstairs of Hotel Giraffe or you can enjoy the drinks on the Rooftop Garden! What better way to celebrate summer with a loved one in NYC!

Want more ideas of what to do when spending the summer in NYC?  Feel welcome to contact the concierge at Hotel ElyseeCasablanca HotelLibrary Hotel, or Hotel Giraffe.  Enjoy your stay and let us know if you went to any of the places we recommended. We would love to hear your feedback!