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Summer Fun in NYC

August 11, 2023 | 4 min Read

This week we have a roundup of some of NYC’s best activities happening this August (and beyond). From strolling the pedestrian-only streets— ice cream cone in hand— to learning to shoot a bow and arrow, there’s no shortage of unique entertainment in the Big Apple this summer. Here are our picks for this week!

Saunter through NYC Summer Streets

Hope you packed your walking shoes because Summer Streets, the epic NYC tradition is back! The NYC phenomenon opens up miles of streets for walkers, runners, bicyclists and people-watchers. Cars are prohibited. Each Saturday this month from 7am to 1pm specific streets will be blocked to cars and pedestrians and cyclists invited to enjoy free reign. Typically, themed rest stops with food and entertainment are set up along the designated routes. Summer Streets is in Manhattan on August 5, 12 and 19; and Brooklyn and The Bronx on August 26. For full routes see the Summer Streets page of the DOT website above.

Saturdays in August 7am to 1pm

Check Out the Jay-Z Exhibit in Brooklyn

A unique, free exhibition called The Book of HOV that celebrates the career of the Brooklyn-born mogul Jay Z is currently on view at Brooklyn Public Library. Born Shawn Carter, the show displays many of Jay Z’s early influences, original recording masters, photos, stage outfits, awards and a multimedia display. Turns out the exhibit was created for Jay Z as an homage to his work, but it was also a surprise present to the rapper from Roc Nation.

In conjunction with the exhibit, Brooklyn Public Library and Roc Nation created 13 limited-edition library cards, each one featuring art from an iconic Jay-Z album. Library cards are available for New York state residents and taxpayers, but Christie’s is auctioning off one complete set of all 13 library cards hand signed by Jay-Z and arranged in a custom leather case. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Brooklyn Public Library.

Monday – Thursday 9AM-8PM

Friday- Saturday 9AM- 6PM

Sunday 1PM-5PM

Central Library

10 Grand Army Plaza

Brooklyn, NY 11238

Celebrate World Photography Day at Fotografiska

The renowned photography museum Fotographiska is celebrating World Photography Day with discounted entrance fees and stunning photography. The current exhibit is a retrospective of British photographer Terry O’Neil who photographed the stars of the ‘50s and ‘60s, including Audrey Hepburn, Frank Sinatra, Mick Jagger and Elvis Presley. Additional exhibits and photos will, of course, be on display for your perusal as you stroll through the museum’s broad range of photography. The museum also boasts a cute cafe/coffee shop and a bar. World photography Day is Saturday August 19. Tickets for this day will be offered at $8/pp. Advance tickets are available for purchase here. Regular admission is $30.

Sunday to Wednesday
9:00 AM ― 9:00 PM

Thursday to Saturday
9:00 AM ― 11:00 PM


281 Park Ave South

New York, NY 10010

Take an Archery Class

If you’re interested in archery as an ancient art form, a means of self expression or empowerment, Wild Captives is your kind of place! Brooklyn is home to the nation’s first female- and LGBTQ-owned archery studio with Kendall Tichner at its helm. Through Tichner’s eyes archery is seen not as a hunting sport, but as a tool for self-actualization. Here the informal slogan is: “be your own superhero.” The studio offers approachable and fun hour-long classes: introduction to archery every weekend for $45/person.

Wild Captives

67 34th St

Industry City

Brooklyn, NY 11232

Roller Skate at Rockefeller Center

Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace is back at Rockefeller Center this summer all the way through October. Grab your skates (or rent) and come glide around the large rink at Rockefeller Center. The music will keep you moving and there’s nothing quite like gliding serenely beneath the iconic Prometheus statue. Tickets are an affordable $22 for one hour of skating joy and can be purchased ahead of time online. If you’re a little unsteady on your skates, lessons are also available.

Sunday- Thursday 12PM-10PM

Friday- Saturday 12PM-11PM

45 Rockefeller Plaza

New York, NY 10111

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*Due to Covid-19 our restaurant, cafe and gym will remain closed for a time.

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