In the summertime when the weather is hot
You can stretch right up and touch the sky
“In the Summertime” Mungo Jerry
It’s finally here. Having lost most of Spring to the never ending rains of May and June, “the hap, happiest season of all” has arrived with the glory of warm breezy mornings and the sun and heat of beach days. Take it all in, my fellow New Yorkers and NY visitors. Here’s a bunch of FO40 must-dos for the next few weeks:
Eat & Drink:
With many city regulars at the beach or at leisure countryside; Summertime provides many great opportunities for city dwellers to snag a table at some of NYC’s restaurant hotspots. Grab a bite at Sugarfish, a chic sushi restaurant founded by renowned chef Kazunori Nozawa. Located in the ever-bustling Flatiron district, Sugarfish boasts a menu of high quality fish at unbeatable prices.
If you’re seeking a more spacious atmosphere, find modern elegance at a table inside, or outside Majorelle, a French restaurant located within the Upper East Side’s Lowell Hotel which features garden seating.
For social media lovers who appreciate a fine cocktail, grab a drink at “While We Were Young.” Dubbed “The Stuff of Instagram Dreams,” this plush, pastel colored gem finds its home in the West Village. Check out this recent article on it by Instyle.
Lastly, head over to Dumbo to find NYC’s first Cecconi’s. This Italian classic never disappoints, especially when accompanied by magnificent waterfront views!
So they’ve cooled over from their improbable run through the month off May. These “Baby Bombers,” lead by the Paul Bunyanesque Aaron Judge as well as other newbies such as Clint Frazier and last year’s darling Gary Sanchez, still are causing a stir in the AL East. Get thee to the Bronx (hint- Metro North is the way to go), grab a ‘dog and a beer, and soak it all in for a perfect summer night. The Yanks square off against the Reds July 25/26; Tampa July 27-30; and the Detroit Tigers July 31-August 2.
Plenty of choices here- Nikon/Jones Beach, PNC Arts in NJ; and the newest entrant, Forest Hills Stadium. Three offerings on our radar: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (July 26 & 27, Forest Hills); Kings of Leon (August 1, Jones Beach); Coldplay (August 1, MetLife Stadium).
Living Legend Dave Chappelle starts an eight show residency at Radio City Music Hall on August 1, with dates staggered to August 24. Note- Chappelle’s shows feature an impressive roster announced opening acts – The Roots; Trevor Noah; Chris Rock; and more.
Summer Thursdays at the MOMA
Every Thursday throughout July and August, the venerable midtown location features performances from 5:30-9:00pm in the oasis of the Sculpture Garden. Be prepared for avant garde/world beats in this gem of a space nestle amongst surrounding towers- and, the weather gods willing, a clear and airy summer night.
Kids of all ages will love this seasonal amusement park which transforms Central Park’s Wollman Rink into a mini Six Flags, sans the freak accidents and Jersey Shore traffic. With 13 rides and assorted carnival games, everyone can get there amusement ride and cotton candy fix, all within walking distance of adult beverages on Central Park South to return things to a more even keel!
Check back for August/September highlights in a few weeks. Hint- start clearing a day (or 2, 3, or more) for the US Open Tennis tournament. The first few days of play offer tons of matches and great value.