10 Cheap Things to do in NYC this Summer

It has been brought to my attention that I tend to ramble in my posts and people have the attention span of a gnat these days because there are Pokemon to be caught. So, I have decided to break things down into a simple list of things to do in NYC during the summer, 5 that I have done and 5 that I am looking forward to doing. And who knows, maybe there are even some Pokemon to catch at these events.

Things I have done so far:

  1. Yankee Game
    •  I was born into a house with a shrine to the Yankees in the basement (sorry Mets fans, but your games wont make my list). There are nosebleed seats for around $30 that are perfect for seeing the game on a budget. And if you want to see the game from closer, but only pay for the nosebleed seats, just do what I do and hang out by the food on the second floor where they have the high metal tables to eat on. You have to stand, but it’s a better view and it’s closer to the food and most importantly the beer.
  2. Mermaid Parade
    • Here is a link explaining the Mermaid Parade because honestly I’m not sure why there is a parade of mermaids, but I can tell you it’s a lot of fun to watch or even join! The mermaid parade is a Coney Island tradition where everyone can get in on the fun. You can even dress up like a mermaid and register to walk in the parade or you can dress up and watch. The floats are awesome and everyone is having a lot of fun celebrating (even though we aren’t quite sure what we’re celebrating).
  3. Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks
    • Macy’s puts on a huge firework show on the East River for the 4th of July. It’s three massive boats shooting off fireworks at the same time that can be seen all along the east side of Manhattan and in Brooklyn (maybe Queens). Before the show, you can go on their website (link above) and look for the best places to see the fireworks from. I got lucky and had a great view from the roof of my building (just don’t tell my landlord).
  4. 4th of July
    • The 4th needed its own separate post from the fireworks post because we all know that pre-fireworks is a lot of day drinking. This year we decided we wanted to be on the water. There are a lot of options in Manhattan of bars on boats, or barges, or of course overcrowded rooftops. We chose the Frying Pan, a barge in Chelsea. It was a great place to celebrate. They controlled the number of people on the barge so it wasn’t extremely overcrowded and they had pitchers of amazing sangria to get the celebrations started.
  5. Smorgasburg
    1. You can’t write a post about summer in the city without writing about Smorgasburg. Smorgasburg started out as a cute little food festival on Saturdays in Williamsburg and then after a few basics (myself included, duh) posted pictures of amazing food (ramen burgers) on Instagram it became a crazy tourist filled mecca of all things good in the culinary world of NYC (if only we could all rise to that kind of Insta fame, am I right?). Even though now if the sun comes up on a Saturday you will have to fight your way through lines of people to get to the food you saw so many great pictures of, it’s still totally worth it. (Side note: the views from the park its held at are amazing) (Side note #2: DO NOT FORGET CASH) (Side note #3: buy the $1 water from the people heckling you outside because you will need it and once you’re in there water is as overpriced as your rent)

Things I am looking forward to doing:

  1. High Line Party
    • Fairly self explanatory. There is a party on the High Line after its usual closing hours Thursday July 21st starting at 10pm. Here is everything you need to know about it from Time Out. This is one I will definitely be at because 1.views 2.party 3.live music.
  2. Waterfight NYC
    • Very similar to the pillow fight I attended in Washington Square Park, there will now be a water fight in Central Park. July 30th the Great Lawn of Central Park will see a battle like never seen before as a bunch of “adults” battle with water guns. I think for this one, like the pillow fight, I will be a spectator.
  3. Free Concerts
    • There are a lot of free concerts in the city this summer. I am going to try and attend Sia on July 22nd. But to see other free concerts around the city here is a list.
  4. Free Movies
    • Last summer I started my NYC adventures with the Central Park Film Festival and this year there are plenty more movies to see all over the city. Here is a full list of all of the free outdoor movies around the city.
  5. Broadway in Central Park
    • Here is a full list of everything that is happening at Central Park’s Summer Stage, but most importantly Chicago is celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary with a free performance of Central Park’s Summer Stage. It is a one time only, free performance of one of the longest running musicals on Broadway.

This is just a short list of a few things I’ve done and a few things I plan on doing. If you made it this far you now realize the rambling will never end (even when in list form). But, you learned a lot didn’t you? Now you have all the tools to live your NYC summer to the fullest, even when your wallet isn’t the fullest.

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