Summertime fun in NYC


Brooke Salamone

Summer time is almost here, just in time to wipe away the freezing winter temperatures. For students who are taking summer classes, interning in the big apple, or just living in the area, there are an abundance of activities throughout the warm summer months that will be sure to keep you entertained.

Shakespeare in the Park

Located in Central Park’s Delacorte Theatre from May 21 to Sept. 8, Shakespeare in the Park is back for its 57th summer. Run by the Public Theatre, the outdoor theatre will be performing three shows starting with the comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, opening on June 23, andCoriolanus, a drama about politics. At the end of the summer, Hercules will hit the stage from Aug. 31 to Sept. 8 presented by Public Works.


This two day celebration on June 1 to 2, located in the Javits Center, celebrates literature in the highest. With panels, talks, book signings, and more, viewers can come and appreciate the art of literature and the printed word. In addition, individuals who are aspiring authors or writers can attend a writing workshop on either day of the event to learn more about their craft.

With season three of “The Handmaid’s Tale” just around the corner, there will also be a panel with executive producer/show runner, Bruce Miller and talent from the upcoming season at the convention the morning of Jun 1 at 10:45 a.m.

Other guests include, but are not limited to, John Cena and Cassandra Clare. For more information, check out the BookCon official website.

Summer Streets

On the three Saturdays between Aug. 3 through Aug. 17, pedestrians will take over of the streets. Move out of the way taxis and public transportation, it’s time for New Yorkers to call the shots on the road. On Aug. 3, 10, and 17 from 7a.m. to 1p.m, a passage connecting from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park will be shut down for all motor vehicles. Tourists and New Yorkers alike will take charge of the streets instead.

Take in the warm summer sun by walking, biking, running, dancing, or even skipping, which is encouraged for visitors at this event. In addition to having the power to roam free, there will be stops throughout the passage with activities ranging from performances to a 165-foot zip line for visitors. It’s time to soar across the city; who needs a taxi anyway?


The Annual PrideFest is Back to NYC on June 30. From 11a.m. to 6p.m, there will be plenty of activities for visitors to partake in ranging from 13th Street to Waverly Place. Food, crafts, entertainment and vendors will be provided.

Public Beaches

Summer is not summer without the beach. Brighton Beach, Coney Island, Rockway Beach, and Orchard Beach are open to the public starting Memorial Day this year until Labor Day with lifeguards provided from 10am-6pm each day.

So get your tan by relaxing on the beach of your choice this summer.

Celebrate Brooklyn!

Located at Prospect Park Bandshell is the Celebrate Brooklyn concert series from June 4 to Aug 6. Starting with Patti LaBelle on opening night, there are a ton of difference artists for viewers to enjoy in the perfect venue for a picnic and a free performance.

While these are just a few events happening this summer, it is evident that the city has an awesome season in store for University students who will be in the local area. So, don’t forget your sun block and favorite pair of sunglasses, and enjoy some of these events scattered across the concrete jungle from late May to late Aug.