NYC Summer Travel Guide- Top 12 Things To Do from a Local !

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What’s up Members of the Barrio It’s Jon, coming to you from the Harbor outside of Brookfield Place And with summer upon us There are so many great things that you can take advantage of In this city, during the warm weather months I’m going to share with you 12 Amazing Things To Do in New York City During the summer Make sure to subscribe and click that bell to turn on notifications So you don’t miss out on any other.. New York City Guides Here we go There’s something special about getting on a boat to admire this city And a floating bar is one way To do it in style The North River Lobster Company is one of your cheapest ways To take a cruise around Manhattan It’s just $10 for a ticket So hop on board this 3 deck boat Which is well known for their lobster rolls And seafood There’s also a bar on board My best advice for a cheaper experience is just to order a beer Sit back relax And enjoy the scenery There’s something nice about getting away from the hustle and bustle Of Manhattan And relaxing on the Hudson River The coolest part is that the boat does 45 minute loops You can stay on after it returns And go on as many rounds as you want Try to time this around sunset For an even better photo opportunity In a city that has so many expensive boat tours Going on a ride with North River Lobster Co.. Is a no brainer Guys before going any further If you’re a fan of $1 pizza like I am Check out my dollar pizza addict shirt Recently added to my store Link down below If you’re interested in purchasing it All proceeds go directly to support the channel Moving forward though Why go to the movies in New York during the summer When you can have an outdoor cinema experience And there are so many great places to watch movies Outdoors in the summer Mostly through the parks department For example Monday nights.. at Bryant Park Wednesday nights in July and August In Riverside Park And then another really cool option is to watch movies On board the intrepid A retired aircraft carrier Super super cool I’m putting a link down below in the description To a list of all the outdoor movies during the summer So please do check that out And come say hi to me Because I’m likely to be at some of them myself This is one of the best free activities to do in New York City period Kayaking in the Hudson or East River is also an amazing way.. To get some excercise Let’s start with the Hudson River There’s spots on Pier 26. 84 and 96 I first tried it in Tribeca With my twin brother And it was kind of surreal floating on the Hudson Taking in the city sites But this year you can even Kayak at Brooklyn Bridge Park And if it was my first time in New York City It would be my top choice You’ve got Manhattan on one side And the looming Brooklyn Bridge on the other The friendly all volunteer staff Will help you get ready It’s a 20 minute time limit So take as many photos as you can Sometimes it’s nice to be reminded That the best things in life .. Are free Central Park is great to visit year round But there’s so much going on during the summer Making it a can’t miss.. Destination We recently filmed a 15 things to do in Central Park video I’ll put a card to it now.. Make sure to watch it when you’re done with this video But I’ll tell you some of my favorite ideas that would be Especially good in summer One is free fishing at Harlem Meer Yeah, Manhattan is not a place you’d ever expect to do this But it’s actually a super fun activity Keeping on the aquatic theme You can rent a model sail boat near 76th street 12 dollars for 30 minutes The perfect thing.. To do with kids A classic idea is having your own picnic at Sheeps Meadow Or just bring along a frisbee Or go rent a bike Wander by foot You honestly don’t need much of a plan Also make sure to look up Central Park Summerstage For a schedule of concerts Some of which.. are free Central Park is a can’t miss destination during the summer months When the weathers warm My favorite place to have a drink in New York City Is at a rooftop bar And that’s one thing that New York has no shortage of In fact We’re going to be doing a video Dedicated to rooftop bars Real soon And today we’re going to concentrate on 230 5th It’s very popular with tourists But there’s a reason for that You are paying to drink on one of the top rooftop views In all of the city I love the happy hour specials during the week from 2-7 PM It’s one of my favorite spots to take an out of towner But we recently went at night And there’s something very cool about going during peak hours as well If you want to dance there’s a bit more of a club vibe downstairs While the cocktail selection isn’t huge We enjoyed our mojitos a lot But of course the best part is just taking in those stunning views of the Empire State Building And the rest of the skyline Try to add this to your summer list if you’re looking For some fun nightlife When you think of a hot summer day in the city The perfect food to cool you off Is ice cream Now let’s talk about Morgenstern’s I’m not saying they’re the best ice cream in New York But i’m also not saying they’re not the best ice cream They were super busy the last time we went And have some very cool options Like the King Kong Banana split And while they’re not cheap at all At $5.75 a scoop With all the choices available We still opted for classics I loved my cookies and cream Adriana went for a simple French Vanilla And the results were delicious Highly recommended if you have a sweet tooth During your summer visit to New York City Go to the Queens Night Market I’m all about eating Street Food in New York City during the summer And there’s something really special About the Queen’s Night Market While you can’t combine all the diverse goodness of New York City Into just one location This place is as close as you’re going to get The vendors are constantly changing But on our trip there We sampled a ton of things Like Indonesian Sausage Skewers Chilean hot dogs A delicious arepa cone from Colombia Bolivian Beef Heart Skewers You get the picture My favorite dessert that night Was an amazing Romanian Twister Cake Sharing.. is caring They also have live music and beer Making this an unbelievable place to sample.. Some of New York’s finest ethnic cuisine When it’s hot and humid out Finding an air conditioned place to spend a few hours Is a must And the good news for you.. Is that New York City has some of the best museums.. in the world I’m going to lead off this list with the Paley Center Play video games on the first floor Watch old tv shows and commercials on the second And all for a suggested donation.. of just $10 Check out the New York Historical Society And their impressive collection of Tiffany Lamps Or if you want something even quirkier Head to Brooklyn And the City Reliquary A museum of strange New York City artifacts If you’re weird like me You’ll love it My favorite off the beaten path museum In New York is the Transit Museum I love how you can walk around old subway cars And see how they’ve changed throughout history One cool bonus tip On the topic of museums If you go to the Met at any point Make sure to stop by the rooftop garden Absolutely for free If you’ve already paid admission They have some stunning views of both Central Park And the city And most people don’t even realize it’s there Going to Coney Island is a New York City tradition It is by far the most famous beach and boardwalk in the city And a great place.. to spend a summer day We just filmed a vlog here a week ago This place rocks Start off any trip there with a stop At Nathan’s hot dogs Which was founded in you guessed it Coney Island I like the one on the boardwalk better Since the lines move a little bit faster Then head for Dino’s Wonderwheel No trip to Coney Island is complete Without at least one ride high above.. With a birds eye view of the water And the city Then just go wander the amusement parks And win a prize if you’re lucky Don’t forget to ride the world famous cyclone if you’re into roller coasters After that It’s tough to go wrong.. On the boardwalk From eating Italian Ice To just exploring the pier Make sure to hit up the Coney Art Walls For some of New York City’s.. best Street Art Seriously While New York has two major league baseball teams If you’re looking for something a little bit more affordable And family friendly We’ve got two great options for you The first.. the Staten Island Yankees And half the fun of going to a Staten Island Yankees game Is taking the Free Ferry Sit on the right side For a really nice view of the Statue of Liberty The second choice is the Brooklyn Cyclones They are located in Coney Island Which we discussed earlier in this video So I recommend going to a day game With the Brooklyn Cyclones And going to explore the boardwalk And some of the amusement parks after It’s a great 1-2 punch My absolute favorite beach to go swimming in New York City Is Rockaway And there’s a lot of other really cool things going on there as well The first tip I have for Rockaway Beach Is to take the NYC Ferry Which is just 2.75 one-way Admire the awesome skyline views On your way to my favorite beach In the city I find the atmosphere here.. Way more subdued and family friendly Then some of the other New York options And on a super hot day There’s nothing.. like a dip in the Atlantic But there’s also a small boardwalk I love the burgers and beer at Rippers You can even drink some of their local Rockaway Brews Of course my first sip I drip a bit Better yet walk a few blocks to the Rockaway Beach Surft Club A classic destination And hit up tacoway for some great fish tacos There’s plenty to do here To keep you occupied On a summers day Make sure to have Rockaway Beach On your list Open to the public starting May 1st Governors Island is such a cool hideaway And it’s just a stones throw away From Lower Manhattan Half the fun of going to Governors Island is the 3 dollar round trip ferry While the ride is about 5 minutes It’s so cool approaching this little gem There’s a lot going on to keep you busy Like visiting Castle Williams An old fort From the War of 1812 Or just do my favorite thing Rent a citi bike for an hour And cycle around The views from the water are truly some of the best in all of New York City You could head down New York’s longest slide Well if you can find it.. I highly recommend bringing a picnic lunch And just setting up shop Somewhere to enjoy the day But governors island Has so much going on Especially during the weekend With extra food trucks The ice cream sandwich Was phenomenal.. You’ll have a great time here Guranteed Guys tell me down below in the comments If I missed a really cool summer activity in New York? I’m curious what you think And also make sure to check out my other New York City playlist If you’re visiting this city We have covered so many different ideas and guides Make sure to give them a look Guys thank you as always for watching You’re the best Until next time

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  2. I love these videos. Born and raised in NYC for 28 years and I never know what to do lol smh thanks for all the feed back! Making a summer bucket list ASAP!

  3. Love the ferry in the beginning now that I’ll keep in mind when I go to New York one day. Seeing the space shuttle how cool was that? And I love cream great video mate keep them coming 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

  4. #1 thing to do? Don't go there in the first place. It's an overpriced shit hole, with entitled, self-absorbed people like her.

  5. The coolest summer activity in ny is going either to the mountains or the hamptons in your second home. 😂

  6. Please make more videos like this ! I can’t wait for summer break 2019!
    Also I went to the MET but didn’t even realize there was a rooftop garden. Definitely got to check it out next time

  7. You forgot to mention to visit Little Italy in lower Manhattan at night as you see the lights and it’s more boomin at night!

  8. Great Tips and tricks for NYC, I am dreaming of my trip to NYC soon, I had to put off my trip last November since it started to snow, I will visit during fall this time.

  9. Im gonna be in NYC in mid July, il definitely go see a movie at Bryant park and maybe even see you there 😀

  10. I don't know why anyone would want to visit NYC in the summer. ..it's hot and humid and smelly and you're surrounded by concrete

  11. Surprise there's no mention of free Shakespeare in the Park where you can see plays for free at Central Park between June and August! Otherwise fantastic tip video, Jon! I haven't even done half the stuff in this video and I need to! (Esp the Kayaking!)

  12. Don’t forget Shakespeare In The Park, at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. In they don’t go your Central Park video.

  13. You forgot renting a bike and riding from battery park to the foot of the George Washington bridge along the Hudson river freeway. About 13 miles one way.

  14. Don't forget the cloisters in fort Tryon park in Washington heights ( near the George Washington bridge).

  15. Another great rooftop bar is at Citizen M Hotel at 189 Bowery… Mon- Wed from 4pm to 1am; Thurs- Sun from Noon to 1 am.. Great find!

  16. Great video, as always.. May i suggest a visit to the Cloisters Museum ( medieval museum which is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art) inside Ft Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan. You may take the M4 bus along Madison Avenue as it passes through parts of Harlem and Washington Heights culminating directly in front of the museum inside the park. You may also take the A train uptown to 190th Street, walk upstairs to the elevators which ascend to Ft Washington Ave..make a right into the park past Heather Gardens and continue northward towards the museum. Return the same way. There is a restaurant inside the park for convenience .

  17. Coming from a fellow NYC native this was a great list, definitely will check out those spots I haven't been to yet. I'd also recommend Roosevelt Island, its a small but well kept and chill island in between Manhattan and Queens and some of the parks, monuments and skylines are amazing. Not to mention the ride there includes a tram over the East River, which you can just use a metrocard for. 😁

  18. Lobster Co boat looked really awesome, and a great value for money.
    But that transit museum really did it for me – probably because of my five years working in the Stockholm Transit system.
    Now I just hope the gf will be as excited about that as I am…

  19. Great vid as usual, Jon. Can't get enough. Btw, you haven't done Staten Island… When will you? Regards from Caracas…. 🙋

  20. I watched the same topic from the channel of the guy who does the luxury apartment tours. Gotta say your video is wayyyy better

  21. Approaching the 100K Jon! The panoramic view over the skyline is amazing! Can't believe they offer free kayaking, haha! I'd totally do that! ooh, I'd eat all night at the night market! I love these places! Man I have to visit NYC … But I said it for the last 2-3 years. Can't understand why I haven't been yet. 2020?? lol, I probably watch a video of you in 5 years and say "Man, I need to go to NYC"…

  22. I took a 2 week trip to NYC earlier this month. I didn't know anyone and was going alone. Your videos made it seem a lot less intimidating and I ended up having a great time. Thanks!

  23. Wow I had no idea of some of these gems to visit in NYC. I also appreciate that you included places in all of NYC. Most people don’t realize that all of the 5 boroughs are actually NYC, not just Manhattan. For that I just subscribed to your channel 👍🏽

  24. Bull crop on Coney Island, and the cyclone is dangerous, you will hurt your because its so old, coney isn’t that great

  25. As a New Yorker- kudos Dude- Did not know about half these places. Did do a few summer evening boat trips around Manhatran – way cool!

  26. My new thing to do in the summer is go to Izakaya Juraku for their beer slushy!! Its made with a japanese melon beer and is soooo good!

  27. I recently recommended your channel to a 21-year-old Croatian we met in Europe who wants to move to New York to see what it's like. He asked for websites where there were job listings and I gave him a couple and I also told him to check out your channel to understand better what the city is all about and all that it has to offer. He asked whether your video was in English (as he's still learning the language) and I said yeah, but you talk slowly so he would be able to understand you (and learn English at the same time). From a fellow New Yorker, great job on this video and on all of your videos – you definitely show the city in a good light. I watch you because you represent us so well.

  28. Since I ride a Citibike back and forth across the Brooklyn Bridge every day to and from work I can't tell you how many out of towners walk across the bridge (for free) to take tons of pictures (bridal couples too – I've seen 3, sometimes 4 couples on the bridge at the same time). And it's not just in the summer, it's year round. The crowds of tourists in February are as big as in September. I feel like I'm in the background of pictures taken by people from all corners of the world. Out-of-towners also seem to feel talking to the NYPD officers on the bridge (or anywhere in NYC), NY's Finest, and having their pictures taken with them to be a quintessential NYC experience.

  29. Yea, agree best N.Y. YouTube guy. Or one of them. Going next week, so just found this guy. My brother used to work there (invited me every week.) But oddly didn’t go. Sister lived their a few years, oddly never went. Half my Fl friends are from the city. Again, never went up with them. The chances were slim I would have not been there already. But amazingly haven’t. Should be interesting. Rooftop drink sounds cool, but. My friends are not really the lay back type. So it probably be more see a lot.

  30. great stuff man, thank you for this. can't wait to visit 🙂 nyc is my dream city. keep the suff coming.

  31. This was good, thank you. Wodering if you've ever covered something I just learned existed: the Roosevelt Island/Tram. Looks like there's a few things to do there!

  32. Wonderful videos John, hope i'll have a chance to visit all of that one day. Best regards from Serbia!!!

  33. cool! Check my video travel in NYC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scn-lArMnFQ hope you like it 🙂

  34. Missing the Willy Wall, but the Lobster is a great back up now that the launch doesn't leave from Manhattan anymore. Second to Kayaking and Rooftops for sure!!!! Will be adding to my NYC playlist top picks.

    A few more things to do in NYC in Summer:
    https://www.nycinsiderguide.com/things-to-do-in-new-york-in-summer.html

  35. Thanks for all the great tips and videos. I'll be heading to NY in 2 weeks and I'm so excited! You make it seem very easy and welcoming! If I ever get to bump into you, I'll pay my respects!Thank you:)

  36. Going to NYC for the first time next week. I've been watching your videos for a few months now to learn as much as I can. They've been a huge help and I've planned some of my trip around your suggestions. Would love to run into you somewhere while I'm there. Fingers crossed lol

  37. Was born and lived in ny for 12 years and now that I’ve moved I miss the city a lot so watching these videos is really great

  38. It’s strange I wanna go to beach and swim in ny not LA / hope it’s cold as well then I damn leave the city night

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