Summer in the city
As Lin Manuel Miranda wrote in Hamilton, “There is nothin’ like summer in the City.” The warm weather of NYC in June beckons all the previously snowbound people to venture outside and enjoy the plethora of activities this vibrant metropolis has to offer. With rooftop bars unfurling their doors, parks teeming with eager hikers, and a smorgasbord of free entertainment captivating the masses, the city truly comes alive. It is the perfect time to visit and take advantage of all the city has to offer. To entice you even further, we have compiled a list of things to do in the amazing public spaces of the Metro NYC area, just a short ride from our fully-furnished, short-term rental apartments at Novia in Hoboken.
Photo by Michele Perkins
One of the most anticipated events for Hoboken locals is the opening of Pier 13 on the waterfront. Open 4PM-9PM on weeknights and 12PM-10PM on the weekends, Pier 13 offers an array of food and fun for you to enjoy while you relax and take in the views along the Hudson. Indulge in your seafood cravings with fresh oysters, shrimp, and clams at the Shuk Truk, open Wednesday through Friday from 5PM – 8PM and Saturday and Sunday from 1PM – 8PM. Pair your fresh seafood with a Montauk Surf Beer or P13R Tiki Punch from the Pier 13 Bar. If these selections don’t entice you, don’t worry – Pier 13 brings in a myriad of different food trucks each month to satisfy the eclectic tastes of all its visitors.
Spend the Day at Central Park
Don’t miss out on visiting one of the most popular parks in the world. Central Park is more than just a green space in the middle of the city: it houses a zoo, a castle, and a theater that offers up free performances of Shakespeare throughout the summer. Rent a bike or take a horse drawn carriage for a tour of the whole park, where you can see a concert, have a picnic, or take a ride on their world famous carousel. The choices are endless, and you can choose a new adventure every time you visit.
See Manhattan from a New Perspective
Take a walk along the High Line: what used to be an abandoned elevated train track is now one, continuous, 1.45-mile-long greenway featuring 500+ species of plants and trees. Take a tour and learn about the history of this one of a kind high rise trial that takes you above and around the city. You can walk through gardens, view art, experience a performance, savor delicious food, or connect with friends and neighbors-all while enjoying a unique perspective of New York City.
Experience an Island Adventure
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Another incredible public space for you to explore is Hudson River Park’s Little Island. Little Island opened in 2021 as an oasis for New Yorkers, with more than two acres of magnificent landscape, distinctive architecture, dazzling views and an abundance of free education programs and performances. Take a creative break with free art projects, music and storytelling, or take a tour and discover the dynamic evolution of New York City’s waterfront, starting with the Lenape’s use of it as a seasonal hunting and fishing camp, through the maritime use of it as a port, to the reinvention of it as a gathering space for the LGBTQ community, to the public space of today that hosts artists, performers, and a children’s playground.
With all these incredible and dynamic public spaces, there is no better time to come to the NYC Metro area and savor summer in the city for yourself.