“Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy,” so goes the George Gershwin hymn to just sitting back. But for our guests at Park 79 Hotel we want to lure you out and about through our neighborhood. Yes, you must venture further around town on another day and experience ALL the wonders of town noted in your guidebooks. Next edition of our blog will highlight Out-Of-Town-For-The-Day. But now, unforgettable strolling, quick public transportation,The Upper West Side comes alive!.
Right around the corners: Fresh breakfast, Sunday brunch, your hometown team challenging another on a sports channel. Shopping-shopping! And that’s just the start. Of course the Mighty American Museum of Natural History and Hayden Planetarium are wonderfully close, just across the street–awe-inspiring! We’re tardy in getting our late spring blog on site, but not too late to share all the great events ahead this summer here in 10024—and 10023 and 10025. Most within walking distance, from the hotel and often FREE.
Our guests do not have to travel to Midtown or Downtown to enjoy spectacular entertainment. The Beacon is the venue of choice for some of America’s top performers. Iconic oldtimers, the newest teen heart throbs—take a look!
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
The spring and summer bring a rich palette of entertainment, often outdoors, free or at modest cost; in sunshine and under the stars. (Yes, sometimes in the rain!) Bring a picnic or select from the vendors in the area. For this edition of our blog, we’ll highlight the special events, but do check the main website for EVERYTHING at Lincoln Center.
Our vast park is now one of the most wished-for experiences for visitors to New York City. Each beautiful season is the setting for many events and entertainment. Summertime is the best! We recommend these; just check your own schedule and plan.
Naumburg Concerts at the Bandshell Classical Music on Summer Nights
Summer Stage Every genre of Music, Something for Everyone, Rumsey Field and other sites
New York Philharmonic Two concerts each July–FREE–on the Great Lawn
The Great Lawn Major fund raising concerts by celebrity entertainers can be announced during the season
Good Morning America Friday mornings during the late spring and summer, at Rumsey Playfield, top entertainment draws many who arrive even as early as 6am.
Strawberry Fields Located between 71st and 72nd streets on Central Park West, this mosaic tribute draws professional and amateur musicians who wish to perform spontaneously. John Lennon’s music is the theme, but there are always wonderful musical moments to stay with you forever.
Delacorte Theatre Every summer, this beautiful open-air public theatre offers two of Shakespeare’s plays, and always with world renowned actors. While tickets are free, a number of guaranteed seats can be purchased in advance. Free ticketing demands in-park lineup (blankets, please) starting VERY early on the morning of performance. 1pm distribution—limited. Shakespeare in the Park
The Fall for Dance Festival, August-September, offers quality, innovation and success in introducing new and younger audiences to the world of dance. Since its inception, the Festival has presented 177 dancers and covered all genres of dance. Same ticketing as Shakespeare. Check in July for the finalized program.
Charles A. Dana Discovery Center offers a wide variety of programs, seasonal exhibits and holiday celebrations. On the northern shore of the Harlem Meer, enjoy the summer Harlem Meer Performance Festival, the Halloween Pumpkin Sail of candlelit Jack O’Lanterns across the Meer in autumn, and the annual Holiday Lighting event in winter.
Summer on the Hudson in Riverside Park
- Westcoast Swing on the Harlem Piers Riverside Park & West Harlem Piers Park’s annual outdoor arts & culture festival takes place from 59th street to 153rd along the Hudson River. Featuring a mix of music concerts, dance performances, movies showings, DJ dance parties, children’s shows, special day-long events, wellness activities, and more. All programs are free and no registration is required unless specifically noted. Seating is limited, unreserved, and available first-come, first-served basis beginning 1-2 hours before the event. If there is heavy rain at the time of the event, the event will be cancelled.
Next month’s blog: Plan a great day outside the city. Public transportation or rental car, great day trips.