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Like a Local: How to Summer in NYC

August 2, 2016
Written by: Yasha Wallin
Image via Eataly

Summer in New York City it totally underrated. Sure it gets hot and humid. But those who stick around the Big Apple or who visit during the summer months will be abundantly rewarded. From water activities to cultural events, make your own ice cream experiences to working out outside, you’ll never be bored, hungry or uninspired. But don’t take our word for it, we asked our most in-the-know locals to tell us the best ways to win New York City summer:

The Whitney
The new Whitney museum is an incredible piece of architecture and home to some of the best contemporary art in the world. That’s not to mention their amazing sculpture terrace, which has inspired many a modern masterpiece, aka the selfie.

the whitney

Kayaking from Pier 26
For the outdoor buff, kayaking on the Hudson is one of the most fun ways to see the little island 8.4 million people call home. Oh, and did we mention it’s free?


Just a short walk from The Redbury New York, Mario Batali’s Eataly is hands down the best place to feast on all things Italian. For the proactive foodie, this sprawling market also offers catchy cooking classes like “Forming Formaggio,” “Get to Know Gnocchi,” and even a tomato sauce lab.

eataly pasta

The Met Rooftop
Another terrace inspiring many is The Met Museum’s, where their seasonal party series is the best way to catch a view of Manhattan while sipping on a summery cocktail.

the met

Rock n’ Roll Walking Tour
Steps away from The Redbury New York is an area called Tin Pan Alley, once home music publishers from the late 1800s, early 1900s. NYC is rich with music and rock n’ roll history like this, and the best way to learn about it all? Check out a Rock n’ Roll Walking Tour, touted by the Guardian UK as one of the top 5 city tours in the world.


Make Your Own Ice Cream
The perfect start or end to any summer dream, at the Upper East Side mom and pop shop Cool Mess you can make your own ice cream. All you have to do is pick a base flavor—or create your own—and follow one of their “messipes.”

cool mess3

Madison Square Park Events
Not only is this iconic park home to Shake Shack, but it also has a public art focus, with a rotating sculpture program, art tours, and even an art talk on September 6, with one of NYC’s best culture critics Andrew Russeth.

madison square

Sleep In
If all the above has run you ragged, fear not, the newly opened Redbury New York is one of the coziest places in the city to stay a while and sleep in. And if you book the “Breakfast in the Big Apple” exclusive, you’ll even get breakfast in bed from The Redbury’s signature restaurant Marta.

Redbury new York Guestroom