16 NYC Experiences to Add to Your Summer Bucket List

It's an exciting time of year in the city.

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A unique oasis in the summertime, the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden in Staten Island is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The garden is located at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden in Staten Island and has eight pavilions, a bamboo forest, waterfalls, a koi-filled pond and more to resemble life in ancient China.
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The Public Art Fund will present multiple free exhibits throughout the City this summer. Included among them are: Yinka Shonibare’s Wind Sculpture I, on view through October 14 at Doris C. Freedman Plaza in Central Park; Anselm Kiefer’s Uraeus (Pictured), on view through July 22 at Rockefeller Center’s Channel Gardens; Erwin Wurm’s Hot Dog Bus, on view June 9–August 26 at Brooklyn Bridge Park (with free hot dogs served on weekends!); Tauba Auerbach’s Flow Separation, on view July 1–May 12, 2019, on the John J. Harvey fireboat in the New York Harbor; and B. Wurtz’s Kitchen Trees, an installation of five new sculptures on view August 7–December 7 in City Hall Park.
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Regarding new hotels, the Times Square EDITION will open late summer with four levels of public space and 452 guest rooms, along with amenities including a 5,800-square foot beer garden and event deck.
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Lower Manhattan’s continued revitalization includes the Seaport District NYC’s new Pier 17 , featuring a 1.5-acre rooftop venue for concerts and events that will kick-off August 1 with comedian Amy Schumer.
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Scheduled to debut June 30, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium in Coney Island will open its newest exhibition titled Ocean Wonders: Sharks! Housed in a new 57,000-square-foot waterfront building, the exhibit will display more than 115 species of marine wildlife including sharks, skates and rays.
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This season Huma Bhabha’s We Come in Peace is on view atop the Metropolitan Museum of Art through October 2018. Created by artist Huma Bhabha, the work addresses colonialism, war and displacement through sculptures made using ephemeral materials that speak to life’s precariousness.
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The 2018 Qatar Airways New York City E-Prix will return to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal July 14–15, concluding a five-continent tour. The annual event made history in summer 2017 as the first FIA-sanctioned, open-wheel race to take place within the five boroughs.
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Domino Park in Brooklyn will open in June, designed by the High Line’s lead landscape architecture firm. Nods to the history of the landmarked Domino Sugar refinery building—which operated onsite for more than a century—include an Artifact Walk of salvaged machinery, a waterfront esplanade and Water Square, featuring views of the Manhattan skyline and Williamsburg Bridge.
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A new Seaport District NYC development will be the June opening of Mr. C Seaport , a hotel by family-hospitality brand Cipriani. Danish architect Thomas Juul-Hansen has maintained the exterior’s red brick with a nautical flare, while the retreat boasts contemporary interiors.
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The US Open —the nation's largest tennis tournament—returns to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, Queens August 27–September 9. The 2018 US Open marks the 50th Anniversary of the tournament. The world’s best players face-off in this event, where tennis enthusiasts can enjoy food, activities, and musical performances while exploring “The World’s Borough” of Queens.
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Step outside on June 12 for the 40th annual Museum Mile Festival . The festival features free admission to numerous museums on Fifth Avenue between 82nd and 105th Streets (aka The Museum Mile) from 6–9pm. Additionally, the car-free avenue will be filled with live music, entertainment, and lots of art and art-making activities.
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WWE’s SummerSlam will return to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center for the fourth consecutive year on August 19. In addition to the main event, the Barclays Center will host a full week of events August 18–21, including NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, Monday Night RAW and SmackDown Live.
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Be one of the first guests to stay overnight on Governors Island with Collective Retreats when it opens June 1. With unique accommodations including luxury tents and modular containers, guests will enjoy a full-service hotel-style retreat with waterfront views of New York City and the Statue of Liberty.
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Traveling by water in New York City has never been more convenient than with the debut of NYC Ferry in Summer 2017. Connecting Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn along the East River for both residents and visitors, new destinations being added this summer include the Upper East Side, the Lower East Side and Soundview in The Bronx.
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Nordstrom Men’s will be the first New York City store in the company’s more than 100-year history.A range of services are available to customers to make shopping more convenient including same-day delivery and online pick-up, and in-store amenities like the Clubhouse Bar and Coffee Shop.
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The Hoxton–Williamsburg is set to debut this summer, with 175 guest rooms and three restaurants. The brand’s neighborhood-inspired design is reflected in the choice of locale—Williamsburg’s Rosenwach Factory—where NYC’s water towers were manufactured for nearly a century.
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