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Summertime in New York

A June 2000 trip to New York by deezee

Quote: Think you can't have fun in New York in the summer? Think again. From free movies, to outdoor cafes, bars and restaurants to anything else you can think of, NY is the place to be when the mercury rises.

Summertime in New York

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Overview

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If it is cool outside, there is nothing better than an outdoor cafe or bar. This is where all of NY gathers to enjoy the summer and show off their skin and suntan. Plus the city offers lots of free activities - the Monday night movies at Bryant Park, The NY Philharmonic in Central Park, concerts, opera, jazz festivals, street fairs and more.Quick Tips: Pick up the Village Voice or Time out NY to find out all the happenings for the week. Maybe you'll find a walking tour of the lower east side or a poetry reading. If it's music you dig, check out any of the hundreds of clubs and bars featuring live bands or musicians.Best Way To Get Around: Subway or bus is always the best way to navig...Read More

Union Square Cafe

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Restaurant

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According to Zagats, it is the top-rated restaurant in New York - and for good reason. With the ability to be romantic or good for a group, Union Square Cafe is a restaurant fit for anyone. Service is impeccable and the atmosphere is low-key and elegant at the same time. And the food! We opted to skip appetizers in order to save room for dessert. My Filet Mignon of tuna, seared with wasabi mashed potatoes was out of this world. According to my beloved, his duck was 'gorgeous.' They don't rush you and even brought me samples of wine to taste before I made my choice. The desserts are extravegant so I opted to be good and have sorbet - three lovely flavors and Dave had ice cream, home made. Yes it is pri...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 11, 2000

Union Square Cafe
21 East 16th St
New York, New York 10003
+1 212 243 4020

Luna Park

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Attraction

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Luna Park is a completely outdoor bar in the middle of Union Square. Lit with white Christmas lights strung all around it attracts 20-somethings from all over - especially the upper east side. Thursday nights are the time to go but get there early or you could end up waiting in line for 20-30 minutes. There are large stone steps for seating but if you are lucky you can snag plastic chairs and a table. Waitresses and waiters work the perimeter so if you are patient and don't want to squeeze into the bar, they will bring your drinks to you. If you are hungry, you can dine outdoors as well in the same atmosphere just with better service. Perfect for a cool New York evening.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 7, 2000

Luna Park
50 E 17th St
New York, New York 10003
(212) 475-8464

Sunset Yoga

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Attraction

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I admit I have tried yoga several times and hated it. But because I kept hearing how good it was and wanted to become more flexible I decided to keep trying it. Well I finally found a teacher and class I love. Picture yourself on the roof of a Manhattan school with the sun setting behind you as you sweat and twist and breathe your way through the night. The class, $10, is composed of people of all skill levels so you won't feel like an idiot for not knowing what a downward facing dog is. The instructor is inspiring but not annoying like most aerobics teachers who were cheerleaders in high school. Plus there is an assistant walking around to help with poses if you are having trouble. After close to 2 h...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 14, 2000

Sunset Yoga
27 Barrow St.
New York, New York

Bryant Park

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Attraction | "Bryant Park Movie Series"

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The Bryant Park movie series has become an institution in Manhattan. The movies, sponsored by HBO, kick off at dusk or 9pm but you'd best get there by 6 because the massive lawn gets covered with bodies with nary an inch to spare. However, if you are lucky enough to get prime lawn space, you and your friends can open up your picnic dinner, or slice of pizza from Ray's and enjoy the lovely night. Now, before the film begins there are many rituals to the Monday night movies. 1)Bugs Bunny. That's right, every Monday you are treated to Merry Melodies in all its cartoon glory. 2) The HBO dance. The theme music that we all associate with HBO as a child, where the camera scans a model of homes has become a d...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 14, 2000

Bryant Park
500 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10110
(212) 768-4242

Central Park

Attraction | "People Watching"

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I am constantly amazed and awed by the people that inhabit the Big Apple. You name it, New York's got it. From punks with more piercings than Hellraiser to the Upper Echelon of society, NY is prime for people watching. The most obvious place for this pastime is Central Park but truly a good people watcher can get his/her fill from any street corner. And don't stick to one neighborhood for the sites change drastically from Avenue A to Central Park West. Bring your camera if you truly want to capture people in their 'element' or if that's not your style, park your butt on a bench and enjoy!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 20, 2000

Central Park
59th To 110th Streets Between Fifth Avenue And Central Park West
New York 10023
(212) 310-6600

Yankee Stadium

Attraction | "Yankee Baseball"

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How can you sum up Yankee Stadium? It is, without fail, the best place to watch a baseball game. The fans are on par with soccer fans in their devotion and rabidity and the atmosphere is charged. Everyone is friendly and boistrous and if the team is not playing well, the fans will let them know it! The perfect time to see a game is a sunny day when the sun feels great on your face or crisp, cool night when the lights make the stadium light up like a Christmas tree. The games are almost always close to sold out but it is usually easy to get same-day tickets if you get there early enough. Don't forget your cap and attitude!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 25, 2000

Yankee Stadium
East 161st Street
Bronx, New York 10451
(718) 293 4300