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The Top Ten Must See Places in New York City This Summer

New York City is always buzzing with excitement over the summer. There are so many things to do and so many things to see. Here are our top ten must see places in New York City this summer. While reading you may discover that there are some places that you may have overlooked and that there are some places that have changed a lot over the years.

Citi Field/ The All Star Game – 123-01 Roosevelt Ave
The All Star Game comes back to New York (Citi Field to be exact) this summer. July 14 is the All Star Futures Game and All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game. July 15 is the Home Run Derby and July 16 is the All Star Game. In addition, there will be an All Star Fanfest which is always a ton of fun at the Javits Center July 12- 16th.

South Street Seaport
The South Street Seaport was a ghost town after Superstorm Sandy. During the months post storm the seaport has undergone a lot of changes. A number of exciting pop up shops such as SmorgasBar and Fulton Stall Market are now in business and it is a great spot to pick up lunch downtown. This would be the last summer before Pier 17 will be redeveloped so it just may be the last time to see all its “old school” charm.

Coney Island
Coney Island is another iconic area hit hard by Superstorm Sandy and with redevelopment plans in the works. Luna Park, Nathan’s Famous and many of the shops and restaurants close to the boardwalk suffered major damages but many have since reopened just in time for the summer. Also nearby is MCU Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones.

The High Line
The High Line has always been a favorite of ours with its art installations and its breathtaking views. One new attraction on the High Line this year is the Smokeline. It is a BrisketTown outpost where you can get delicious ribs and of course juicy brisket.

Chelsea Market – 75 9th Av
Near the High Line you have the Chelsea Market, which is every foodie’s dream. Gelato, Australian meat pies, roast beef sandwiches… this place has it all. One major change to the market is the expansion of the Lobster Place. It serves the freshest seafood and the best place to get a whole steamed lobster.

Central Park
Central Park is the ultimate place to relax and hang out. It is massive and you can easily take an entire summer to explore it all. Some of our favorite places here include Rumsey Playfield (home to the SummerStage concert series), the Imagine tribute to John Lennon and the Cleopatra’s Needle.

American Museum of Natural History – Central Park West at 79th Street
Across the street from Central Park is the American Museum of Natural History. It is one of largest museums in the world and it has many fascinating exhibits like their dinosaur fossils.

Prospect Park
Prospect Park is often referred to as Brooklyn’s Central Park. It is huge and it has a lot of the same attractions as Central Park such as beautiful fields, scenic bike lanes and even its own concert series, Celebrate Brooklyn! The great thing about this park is that it is often less crowded.

Madison Square Garden – 4 Pennsylvania Plaza
Madison Square Garden is the sports mecca of the world. It is home to the Knicks and Rangers and hosts some of the biggest concerts in the city. Madison Square Garden recently underwent a major renovation to modernize the stadium. There is just so much history here and a walk around the stadium is like a trip down memory lane.

Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center – Amsterdam Ave and W 62 St
Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center hosts a number of free concerts during the summer that celebrates a wide range of music. In the past, international superstars like Malkit Singh have played here and alternative rock bands like Amanda Palmer will play here this year.

Nathans Famous Coney Island