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How to Spend Hot Summer Nights in the City

Summer in the city is all about getting outside and enjoying the best entertainment and dining under the summer skies. While there are many restaurants across the city that offer outdoor seating from Battery Park to Uptown, many are surprised to know that the city hosts a lot of outdoor entertainment, especially the NYC Parks. We’ve put together a list of summer ways to spend Hot Summer Nights in the city. Get out and enjoy!


Pier 17: Pier 17 is a new venue in the heart of the Seaport District. The venue was part of the continued Seaport revamp spearheaded by the Howard Hughes Corporation. The space has a waterfront bar, and multiple vendors including a Jean Georges food hall that is slated to open. Pier 17 has a full lineup of events throughout the summer including comedy and music. Its waterfront location offers great skyline views, and the rooftop is where most of the shows will take place.

Check out Kings of Leon August 2nd starting at 7pm. Tickets are available online.


The Roof at The Viceroy - Situated atop the Viceroy Hotel, The Roof offers a sophisticated space to escape Midtown to enjoy a cocktail and view. The space faces North, offering views of the classic Central Park South skyline as well as the park itself. The interior of the lounge is reminiscent of an old luxury airliner with a menu offering up craft beers, global wines, and classic and modern cocktails that rotate to utilize the freshest ingredients.

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Met Summer Recital Series- The Met’s popular concert series in New York City parks spanning all five boroughs has returned. The series kicked off June 11th in Central Park with an evening of arias and duets selected from various Operas. The four subsequent recitals will showcase young artists Gabriella Reyes de Ramírez, Gerard Schneider, and Adrian Timpau. Dan Saunders will be at the piano to accompany each performance.

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Movie Nights at Bryant Park – Featured films screening in the park on the big screen under the stars. Just bring your blanket and some friends to enjoy a great movie outdoors. The lawn opens at 5pm with screenings beginning at sunset. A new addition this year is the Beer and Wine lounge located on the Upper Terrace offering beverages to be purchased before and during the movie. Movies running through August.


Summerstage - Celebrate summer by getting outdoors! Happening now through July 15th, enjoy fantastic music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and films during SummerStage in city parks. Summerstage is New York’s largest free outdoor performing arts festival with everything from Indie to EDM from iconic names to up and coming performers. More than 100 shows are scheduled in 18 neighborhood parks this summer. The (mostly) free concerts are popular, so be sure to arrive early! Tickets can be purchased online.


Press Lounge - Tucked away in Hell Kitchen on Manhattan’s West Side is the Kimpton Ink 48 Hotel which is home to The Press Lounge. The Press Lounge is a fan favorite for rooftop bars in the city, offering up a swanky space and panoramic views of both the Manhattan skyline and Hudson River.

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Coming Later this Summer


Met Opera HD Summer Festival - The summer series at the Met Opera will be returning for its eighth season this year. Spectators can enjoy performances presented from the acclaimed "Live in HD" series outdoor on Lincoln Center Plaza. Showings begin at 8pm, but plan on getting there much earlier if you want to grab a seat for the screening. August 24th – Labor Day.

6 New Year's Eve Parties to Ring in 2018

New Years Eve NYC 2017

It is hard to believe it is time to say farewell to 2017 and raise a glass to welcome 2018 with open arms. New Year’s Eve parties will take place in cities around the globe, from New York to Tokyo. Everyone rings in the New Year a bit differently, from quiet dinners to champagne parades as clubs and everything in between!

Deciding on New Year’s Eve plans can be stressful, especially if friend groups want to head in different directions. If you are looking for a way to say goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018 in New York City, we have curated a list of a few happenings around the city. Of course, these are just a drop in the bucket of all the events taking place on New Year’s Eve in NYC.

Top of the Standard with Gloria Gaynor

Singer Gloria Gaynor will be hosting a NYE Bash on the top of The Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking District. The glitzy black-tie party will feature DJs all evening as well as a countdown and performance by the Disco legend herself. The venue is sure to offer a backdrop of spectacular skyline views in all directions. Tickets start at $275.

Spa of Sensorium

NYE at a secret spa in Brooklyn? That is an option! Drink, Dance, and even detox at Spa of Sensorium. The Russian Turkish bath house will be transformed into a Sonic Jungle. Party goers can recharge in saunas, steam room, Jacuzzi, and cold plunge pools, and then dance the night away with 2 rooms of music. Tickets start at $125.

The King’s Winter Masquerade

The McKittrick Hotel, of Sleep No More Fame, will be hosting their final masquerade of 2017. The opulent masked soiree will include a large feast, open bar all night, live entertainment, and other curiosities throughout the hotel. Tickets start at $295.

Gatsby Party at Catch Rooftop

Say goodbye to 2017 in Gatsby style at Catch in Meatpacking. The party will be Gatsby themed with 1920’s style cocktail attire and décor. Wear your glitziest and most glamour attire as you enjoy a 2-hour open bar. Tickets start at $125.

Black Tie Gala at The Carlyle

Head to the Upper East Side and ring in 2018 with Steve Tyrell at Café Carlyle. Enjoy a four-course prix fixe menu that will be followed by dancing in the lobby with the Peter Duchin Orchestra. 8pm and 8:30pm seatings are available. $730 per person.

Midnight Run

Partying not your thing? Dancing in Central Park and take a run that event counts as credits towards the NYC Marathon with NYRR. The evening starts at 10pm with dancing, then at midnight hundreds of festive joggers embark on the run while taking in the Central Park fireworks. Participation starts at $45.

Summer at the Seaport District


In the heart of Downtown Manhattan, the Seaport District has been undergoing a large revitalization and transformation. We previously wrote about all the exciting things happening in the Seaport. This summer, however, the heat has been kicked up another notch at the waterside neighborhood with the “Summer at the Seaport” sponsored by Chase Sapphire.

Have you explored any seasonal spots this summer in the city? With many looking to get in a last vacation day or Summer Friday before Labor, the Seaport is the perfect spot to enjoy a summer afternoon or evening downtown. For Summer 2017, the Seaport is serving as a destination for highly curated culinary, music, retail, and cultural experiences.

There may only be a few weeks of summer left, but there is still a lot happening at the Seaport District to checkout.

Not convinced? Check out this wonderful video from our friends at South Street Seaport:

The Garden Bar

Perhaps the main focal point of the Summer at the Seaport installation is the Garden Bar sponsored by Chase Sapphire with special VIP access for card members. The bar is situated in the middle of the iconic cobblestone streets of the neighborhood, stretching 78 feet long and draped with greenery and palms. The setting feels like a garden oasis in the middle of the bustling city. The Garden Bar will be serving up selection of rare beers, rosé, and cocktails.

Additionally, The Garden Bar is located directly adjacent to a lush stage where live performances have been happening all summer long. Outdoor drink + live music…what is better? The lineup for the rest of the summer is as follows:

Thursday August 10th at 6pm: Breanna Barbara

Saturday August 12th at 6pm: Gedeon Luke and the People

Thursday August 17 at 6pm: Southern Avenue

Saturday August 19 at 6pm: Behold the Brave

Thursday August 24th at 6pm: Annie Hart

Saturday August 26th at 6pm: Showtime Goma

Thursday August 31st at 6pm: Calvin Love

Thursday September 7th at 6pm: The Alpaca Gnomes

The Chase Sapphire Lounge is reserved exclusively for Chase Sapphire members and offers a special menu of beverages and food.

Food Lab

Speaking of Chase Sapphire, members will also be able to get exclusive access to tickets at the Food Lab which has been hosting some of the most renowned chefs all season long. Each cehf will take up a 2-week residency at the Seaport, offering guests a taste of their signature culinary dishes. With guest chef’s coming in through early fall, you are sure to catch a unique experience before the summer ends.

Alon Shaya is currently in the Seaport until August 12 with Jessica Koslow, of Sqirl fame in Los Angeles, arriving on August 20th.  A partnership with Sixpoint Brewery has allowed each guest chef to create a custom beer for their time in residency. The remaining schedule for The Food Lab is as follows:

Jessica Koslow – August 20th – September 2nd

Dale Talde – September 20 – 23rd

Wylie Dufresne – September 29th – October 11th


Other Attractions

The Seaport is home to other attractions to enjoy a summer day or evening. Check out these popular spots to grab a cold drink or a good bite:

  • Clinton Hall: The popular pub has opened a location right on the heart of the Seaport. Clinton Hall is known for its 20 rotating draft beers alongside 20 burgers. There are also table games
  • Front Row Food Trucks: Various food trucks are rotating into front street, parking in a Smorgasburg-style street food display.
  • Mr Cannon: There is not much description provided on this new Speakeasy, aside from its inspiration. The address is not published on the website, but rumor has it it is located at 206 Front Street.

70 Vestry Street Unveiled in TriBeCa

A new Robert A.M. Stern designed building is coming to the Hudson River skyline in TriBeCa. Last week, Related Properties hosted an exclusive unveiling of the newest building coming to the Triangle Below Canal. 

The building, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, embodies his belief in the harmony of grace, symmetry, and proportion. The project is positioned to work into the Hudson River shoreline, drawing on classical architecture principals, yet fits harmoniously into existing downtown aesthetics thanks to its stone facade and decorative metal work that is reminiscent of old warehouses. 

70 Vestry Exterior

The exterior of the building is created from Beaumaniere Limestone, coming from a quarry on the banks of the Seine, 250km south of Paris. Speaking of the exterior, Mr. Stern says,

Limestone works more beautifully in the sunshine than any other material. With the western and southern light, the building and river will glow.

70 Vestry comes with a full array of amenities that we come to expect from a luxury building of this caliber. The amenities start on the exterior, with a private courtyard featuring lush landscaping and a serene waterfall that evoke a glamorous sense of arrival. Other amenities include a library, café with private resident lockers, billiard room, lounge, and wellness level with fitness by The Wright Fit and a pool. 

70 Vestry Dinning

The interiors are quite inviting, the result of a combination of modern materials and the special touch of interior designer Daniel Romualdez who collaborated on the project. Finishes include hand-sawn oak, bronze, and marble. Kitchens are outfitted with a full suite of Miele appliances.

Guests were able to experience the new building at the sales offices while enjoying champagne and hors d'oeuvres. At the time of the unveiling, an available 2 bedroom residence was in contract, with available residences starting at $7.25M for a 3 bedroom home. Additionally, 70 Vestry offers unique terraced residences starting at $19M. The majority of this building faces the Hudson River, affording it spectacular river views.

Wes Holland, Gabriel Zapata

Wes Holland, Gabriel Zapata

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Photos: The Victoria Shtainer Team, Patrick McMullan