The 12 things you absolutely must do this Summer in NYC

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The 12 things you absolutely must do this Summer in NYC
The 12 things you absolutely must do this Summer in NYC

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It's safe to say that after a brutal and seemingly endless Winter, you've earned Summer this year. And helping to ensure you enjoy it to the fullest, we've handpicked 12 Summer events to hit during those three weekends in between your friends' weddings and your girlfriend's friends' weddings.


When: June 21st
Where: Here's everything you need to know
It’s the longest day of the year, and you’re going to want to make the most of it, which's why we're throwing the second-annual Best Day of Your Life. The details haven't been announced yet, but if last year is any indication, you'll be glad you already have this in your calendar for when they are.

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What: Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest
When: July 4th
Where: Coney Island
You know the deal: tons of contenders stuff their faces with as many hot dogs as possible, so take in the spectacle, a dog or two yourself, and maybe hit the beach.

Governors Island

What: Check out the new goods on Governors Island
When: On an incredibly nice day when other people are out of town
Where: Governors Island
The island went through a substantial revamp over the off-season, which included a collection of new vendors like Sweet Chili from Top Chef finalist Lisa Fernandes, Mayhem & Stout, and DiSO’s Italian Sandwich society, which you’ll enjoy after working up an appetite from lounging around all day at the new "Hammock Grove".

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What: Try one of the new ice cream spots
When: When you’re feeling like you deserve it, or when it’s very hot
WhereMorgenstern's Finest Ice Cream, Oddfellows, Ample Hills & Hay Rosie.
There’s already a ton of great places to eat ice cream in NYC, but this Summer, we added/are adding a ton more, like Morgenstern’s (where you can get craziness like Szechuan peppercorn) or the upcoming Hay Rosie, which'll have a tasting room in its ice cream factory.

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What: Go to an outdoor movie
When: Any evening after sundown
Where: Bryant Park, McCarren Park, and many others
Grab some wine, some Solo cups, convince a friend to stake out a spot before 5pm, and enjoy any of these 150+ outdoor movies for free.

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What: Go on one of the city’s many cruises/boats
When: When you need to remind yourself you live in a coastal city
Where: The various piers throughout the boroughs
There’s Frying Pan of course, or a brand-new, three-decker lobster boat called North River Lobster Co. (which's as amazing as it sounds), or the venerable Rocks Off cruises, or The Water Table, or the Staten Island Ferry, or many, many more ways to take advantage of the fact the we live on the water.

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What: Explore the city's rich rooftop bar culture
When: After work or during the day on a weekend
Where: Look up!
If you’re drinking at a bar in the city this Summer, it may as well be on top of a building.

What: Brooklyn Cyclones or Staten Island Yankees game
When: July 2nd,16th, or 31st
Where: MCU Park; Richmond County Bank Ballpark
Sure, you could just go see the Yankees or the Mets, but do they have awesome promo nights like “Zombie  Night” (Cyclones) or $0.50 wing night and Thirsty Thursdays (SI Yankees)? No. No, they don’t.

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What: Hit the beach
When: When you feel your tan fading
Where: By... the water?
Get to the Hamptons or one of NYC’s many beaches, and do things like party at the Playland Motel in Rockaway, explore the post-Sandy reconstruction of Fort Tilden Beach, or hit up the new vendors operated by the team at Smorgasburg at Jones Beach.

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What: Sip it up at North Fork wineries
When: July 14-17th, or pretty much any weekend
Where: The North Fork of Long Island
Wine Camp is going down on the above July weekend, but really, you can plan a trip out there any weekend. Oh, and if you’re more of a beer guy, get upstate for a brewery trip

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What: Electric Zoo
When: Friday, August 29th - Sunday, August 31st
Where: Randall’s Island Park
The giant, electronic music fest is coming back to the city, and it’s going to be insane. Headliners include Armin van Buuren and David Guetta. Also, the ladies.

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What: Complete this outdoor drinking challenge
When: The whole damn Summer
Where: All over the city
We’re guessing/hoping you’ve already started boozing it up outdoors this year, but if not, now’s your chance to double down and hit up every single one of these places before Labor Day.

Andrew Zmmer is Thrilist's NYC Editor, and he's going to fit as many of these as possible into the one weekend he's not at a wedding this Summer. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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1. Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream 2 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

This nine-seat ice cream parlor is a true parlor; you can order while sitting at six seats on the bar. Once you have ordered, the man behind the scoop will likely slide your way one of his unique "texture-driven small-batch" flavors like a salt & pepper pine nut or Brazilian bourbon topped with curiously created made-to-order whipped cream or even Fernet biscuits.

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2. OddFellows 175 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

OddFellows wants you to "fall even more in love with ice cream", which you're probably going to do when you taste any of the eight to 10 small-batch flavors (and two to four sorbets) that they make from scratch.

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3. OddFellows Ice Cream - East Village 75 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

The second parlour in the growing Brooklyn-based made from shop empire, this East Village spot serves up eight flavors in made-on-site waffle cones for all those times you can’t make it to Williamsburg. While you won’t find seats -- unless you count the red bench outside -- you will likely find yourself trying some of your favorite meals that have been hit with liquid nitrogen and folded in with cream made from Upstate New York.

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4. Coney Island Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY 11224

The iconic destination is full of treats for you to enjoy -- hit the beach, indulge in a Nathan’s Famous hot dog, play carnival games, and hop on amusement park rides galore

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5. Bryant Park Bryant Park, New York, NY 10018 (Midtown West)

A welcome respite in Midtown West, Bryant Park offers a beautiful grassy lawn, a grill with a patio where you can enjoy tasty eats and beverages, and sweet events like Wednesday dance classes and Summer movie screenings.

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6. McCarren Park McCarren Park, Brooklyn, NY 11222 (Greenpoint)

McCarren includes large chunk of land on the Williamsburg/Greenpoint border that holds a pool, skate park, running track, several sports fields, and plenty of lawn space. It's a great spot to catch a friends' softball game, or just to hang out and people watch.

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7. Frying Pan 205 12th Ave, New York, NY 10001 (Chelsea)

Located at Pier 66 in Chelsea, the Frying Pan is quite literally a bar on a docked boat. The boat is a historic 1929 lightship, and the outdoor bar juts far out into the pier thanks to a long barge. A center bar and grill serves up beer and bar bites like Pat LaFrieda sirloin burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, and garlic fries. There's a dance floor at the end of the barge, which gets more and more crowded as the sun sets on happy hour.

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8. North River Lobster Company Pier 81, New York, NY 10036 (Hells Kitchen)

This floating lobster shack is perfect if you want a totally unpretentious atmosphere for drinking and eating out on the water. Docked in Midtown West, North River offers 45-minute cruises that serve great seafood -- think four different kinds of lobster rolls and a full raw bar -- as well as a solid bar menu with Mason-jar cocktails, beer buckets, and an ample selection of wine.

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9. MCU Park 1904 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224

Hit the nearby ballpark after or before heading here to see the Brooklyn Cyclones at play. Before you take your seat though, make sure to go ahead and hit up the concessions so you won't have to suffer through the long, slow lines, and feel confident knowing that because of the multiple high awnings, your seat will likley be shaded.

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10. Richmond County Bank Ballpark 75 Richmond Ter, Staten Island, NY 10301 (Staten Island)

When you walk up to this Staten Island ballpark, you'll note the sails, extended across it's fore. Those come as a warning of sorts as they appear, in use on the boats that pass just on the otherside of the field as you watch the game. Those boats make up only a part of the beautiful NYC skylin, set to grab your attention when it's had it's full of standard concession food and the one of 19 luxury suites, if you're so lucky.

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11. Randall's Island Park 1 Randalls Island Park, New York, NY 10035

The vastness of Randall's Island Park includes a golf center, nine acres of restored wetlands, a 20-court tennis center, 60+ playing fields and miles of waterfront bike and pedestrian pathways, oh and a little festival they call Governor's Ball. This June, head to Randall's for the 2014 Ball featuring Outkast, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, The Strokes, and a band called Diarrhea Planet. Seriously.