An Incomplete Guide to a Summer in NYC
When I got assigned this piece, never in a million years would I think I’d enjoy living in NYC. Yes, the City and its hustle and bustle, the never-ending stream of cars and people, the scorchingly hot sun, and the occasional breeze over the Hudson River.
At this point, if you are in New York, you have probably mastered the art of jaywalking. You have also likely figured out that it’s safe to walk on the street after midnight. But riding a Citi bike after a few drinks might still not be the best idea, even if it’s 1 AM. You might have noticed how difficult it is to find an actually bad restaurant. If you've been to Soho recently, perhaps you’ve experienced a tangible rendition of eudaemonia in a sea of beautiful summer sales dotted with ice-cream shops.
If New York is so great and everything, why did it take me so long to write this post? In all honesty, it took me a long time to reconcile the fact that this post could never be as comprehensive as I would like it to be. In fact, there would always be another shop I would want to go to and a bar I need to try out. In addition to some of everyone's tried and true favorite spots in the city, I am proposing some alternative pitstops that will make summer your NYC summer truly memorable.
Your Local Grocer
I love grocery stores because they are a gateway to the local way of living. You might wonder why anyone would cook at home when there are so many places to eat out in the City, but these neighborhood markets are more than a place to buy fruits and veggies–they also have a great deli selection, prepared foods, and daily supplies. I mean, why would you say no to having some cheese and charcuteries in the fridge? Plus the stores might be a perfect spot to do some photoshoots!
1. Sunrise Mart: a Japanese grocer with freshly made lunch & dinner options and a small selection of baked goods.
Midtown location: 12 E 41st St, New York, NY 10017
Ukrainian Village location: 4 Stuyvesant St, New York, NY 10003
2. New Foods of India: from chappati and dal, to Biryani masala and Amchur powder, this place has got you covered.
121 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016
3. Kalustyan's: literally next to the New Foods, here you'll find delicious halva and baklava in addition to racks and racks of spices, grains, and dried goods.
123 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016
Anecdotal evidence of how good Kalustyan and New Foods of India are: a friend of mine took a tea break from work and 30 minutes later, her boss called her to question where she went. She returned to office full-handed with food.
4. Dainobu: another small Japanese store selling from prepared dishes and fresh produce to beauty products and living supplies.
Midtown location: 129 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017
Union Square location: 498 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10011
Columbus Circle location: 36 West 56th Street, New York, NY 10019
5. Garden of Eden: produce, bread, pastries, cheese, and deli–you might come out of there with a full stomach and food for the next week
Flatiron location: 7 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003
Bloomingdale location: 2780 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
6. Fairway Market: food snobs can hold their criticisms now, this place is a bonafide gourmet store.
Upper East location: 240 East 86th St, New York, NY 10028
Harlem, Upper West location: 2131 Broadway, New York, NY 10023
Chelsea, Kips Bay location: 766 6th Ave, New York, NY 10010
The Great Outdoors
Just because you're living in one of the largest metropolises on Earth doesn't mean you can't find ample and engaging green spaces to relax in, recollect and have fun with friends. From picnics in Central Park to strolling down the HighLine or basking in the sunset orange glow of Manhattanhenge, there are a myriad of vantage points from which to enjoy the City–you just have to know where to look!
1. Hudson River Greenway: ride a bike or walk along the waterfront on a nice day for a temporary getaway from the City
2. High Line Park: an elevated rail trail that takes you from Hell's Kitchen through Chelsea and the Meatpacking District, where art, food, and culture come together to redefine green spaces throughout the City.
3. Manhattanhenge: twice a year, the grid system creates a perfect spot for the sun to shine over the City and you get to take breathtaking photos. It's legit, New York Times even has an article about it.
Late Night Show Tapings
Act early and fast! The tickets are free so they go very quickly during the summer season. By early, I mean start thinking of a reason to get off your internship early on whatever days tickets are still available!
1. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Tickets | Location: Ed Sullivan Theater, 1697 Broadway
2. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Tickets | Location: CBS Broadcast Center, 530 W 57th St
3. Late Night with Seth Meyers
Tickets | Location: NBC Studios, 30 Rockefeller Plaza
4. The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Tickets | Location: 733 11th Ave
5. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Tickets | Location NBC Studios, 30 Rockefeller Plaza
This list of things to do is by no means comprehensive. The City has so much going on all the time that we might be able to pull off "partying all night and showing up to work on time." It's all part of the experience, while at the same time there are some alternatives to choose from that will complement your summer in NYC. Enjoy!
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