The 60 Best Things to Do in New York in September

The absolute best things to do in September

New York in September is a beautiful time of year to enjoy the last rays of sunshine and explore the city in the mild weather that follows the summer heat in August. The city doesn’t ever get boring and there many events to visit & things to do in September in NYC. It’s a perfect time to visit as the weather is still good enough to attend all of the outdoor events.

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60 Amazing Things To Do in September in NYC

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    SummerStage Festival: One of my favorite things to do in September in NYC

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    At this event you can visit over 100 concerts & shows for free in many parks all over New York. It’s one of the most popular summer events in New York and a MUST DO for locals. If you’re in New York this summer, be sure to check out one of the shows!

    My tip: these are all summer festivals in NYC this year.

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    Have a good time on a Dinner Cruise

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    We have already tested many dinner cruises in New York for you. One that we have liked the best of all so far is the Bateaux Dinner Cruise. With a glass roof, the ship heads towards the Brooklyn Bridge. Especially when the weather is nice in the summer month of September, the wine or prosecco tastes especially good on the outdoor area of the boat.

    You can find more unique dinner cruises in NYC. fantastic brunch cruises, lunch cruises and jazz cruises in this overview.

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    Enjoy the great weather and the views while sailing into the sunset

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    The sailing cruises are back to the rivers of New York City. Sailing in New York City is one of my favorite things to do during September. There’s nothing better than watching the sunset and enjoying a glass of wine onboard. Here are some amazing options that are taking place right now, with safety measures of course:

    My tip: these are the best cruises to enjoy the sunset in NYC.

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    NYC Broadway Week (September 4 – 17, 2023)

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    Broadway Week is a bi-annual theater celebration offering discounted Broadway tickets since 2011. For every ticket you purchase, you get another one for FREE! Even though it is called Broadway Week, it actually lasts much longer than 7 days.

    Broadway Week is celebrated in New York twice a year: every winter and every summer. The next NYC Broadway Week will take place from September 4 – 17, 2023. Once the exact dates are published, we will be sure to let you know. Sometimes, Broadway Week takes place at the same time as Restaurant Week and is typically followed by Off-Broadway Week about one week later.

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    Labor Day Lobster & Canned Cocktail Fest at Pier 15 in NYC

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    Looking for unique things to do in NYC on Labor Day? Dive into a lobster extravaganza and savor cocktails at Pier 15! Relish the coastal ambiance with panoramic waterfront views, palm trees, and cabanas, right within the city’s pulse. Nestled in South Street Seaport, enjoy the distinctive “BMW views” of the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg bridges. With a rotating set of live DJs, the waterfront rhythms will keep the vibe alive all day. Don’t miss out on this exclusive Labor Day Lobster & Canned Cocktail Fest at NYC’s Pier 15! 

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    Uptown Night Market

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    New York City’s largest festival of cuisine, culture and community is back for the third time! This year, the Uptown Night Market will take place on the second Thursday of each month in West Harlem from May through October. Celebrating diverse cultures from around the world, the festival will feature a variety of performances and activities for the whole family.

    Unique and tasty foods from around the globe are offered by numerous food vendors. This festival is a MUST for all food lovers!

    On these days you can taste your way through the flavors of the world in 2023:

    • May 11
    • June 8
    • July 13
    • August 10
    • September 14
    • October 12
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    Celebrate the Oktoberfest at Bronx Night Market on September 30, 2023

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    On September 30, 2023, Bronx Night Market will celebrate Oktoberfest for the 5th time. This will include delicious food from local vendors, live entertainment, and of course authentic pretzels! There will also be a Stein Hoisting Contest. This is a Bavarian tradition to see who can hold up a one liter beer stein the longest. Be there to celebrate Oktoberfest Bronx style!

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    The Best Broadway Shows in September 2023 in New York

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    The answer to whether you should or should not see a Broadway show when visiting New York in September is crystal clear: YES, it absolutely belongs on your bucket list! What is not always as clear, however, is which show to pick.

    In order to help you out, we’ve created an overview of the absolute best Broadway shows in NYC in September!

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    The new fair PHOTOFAIRS NEW YORK is all about contemporary art, mainly photo-based and digital artworks. This year, exhibitors from more than 20 cities around the world will present their art.

    At PHOTOFAIRS NEW YORK, modern photography and digital art collide, while innovative special exhibitions and special projects explore the boundaries of the medium. The fascinating connections between photography and new technologies are a real experience for all fans of photography, film & art.

    2023 Dates:

    • Friday, September 8, 11am – 7pm
    • Saturday, September 9, 11am – 7pm
    • Sunday, September 10, 11am – 6pm


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    Pizza Wine Movie Nights at Rooftop Reds: a very romantic event in September in NYC

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    On a roof of the Brooklyn Navy Yards you can sit in a real winery: Rooftop Reds grows wine here, which you can taste and enjoy at their Rooftop Red Tours & Tastings!

    In September you can watch movies with a view of the skyline and a glass of wine in your hand. Tickets are available here.

    These movies will be shown in 2023:

    • September 7 – Clueless
    • September 10 – Dead Poets Society
    • September 14 – Legally Blonde
    • September 17 – Friday
    • September 21 – Talladega Nights
    • September 24 – Pretty Woman
    • September 28 – Top Gun: Maverick
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    Labor Day in New York City (September 4, 2023)

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    Labor Day is a national holiday in New York that is celebrated on the first Monday in September and marks the unofficial end of the summer season. If the hustle and bustle of the city are too much for you, then a trip to Central Park is the perfect way to end the summer. Sports fans: Labor Day also marks the start of the football season.

    The New York Giants and New York Jets are back in action. Due to it being a national holiday NYC can get quite busy so make sure to make plans ahead of time if you want to eat at a nice restaurant or see a show etc.

    Here you can find our Best Things to Do in NYC on Labor Day.

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    Superfine Art Fair (September 14-17, 2023)

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    Superfine NYC is an art fair for artists and art lovers. This year, it takes place for the 6th time in the Flatiron District. 120 artists from New York and around the world put their artwork up for sale here, with 100% of the proceeds actually going to the artists. Most of the artworks are priced from $100 to $3000, making them relatively affordable.


    • Thursday, Sept. 14 | 6-10pm (VIP preview)
    • Friday, Sept. 15 | 4pm-9pm
    • Saturday, Sept. 16 | 12pm-9pm
    • Sunday, Sept. 17 | 12pm-8pm
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    The Tributes In Light (September 11, 2023)

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    September 11th is a time for reflection and remembering those who passed away during the terrible terrorist attacks in 2001. Ground Zero is the place of mourning and commemoration for many of the victims’ relatives and a tribute service takes place at the scene of the attacks where the names of those who passed away will be read.

    The places where the twin towers once stood are marked by “The Tributes In Light”, a light monument created by 88 lights that are beamed into the night sky. This light monument can be seen up to a distance of 100 kilometers. All in all, it is a sad day in an otherwise lively and vibrant city. Everything you need to know about the 9/11 National Memorial can be found in our 9/11 Memorial Guide.

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    Visit Little Island at Pier 54

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    Not far from the Meatpacking District and the High Line, Little Island is one of the newest attractions in New York and is something very special: a park on 280 beautiful tulip-shaped concrete stilts in the Hudson River! Click here for the Little Island event calendar.

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    Bryant Park Picnic Performances

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    If you’re in New York this September, be sure to add the Bryant Park Picnic Performances to your itinerary! These free concerts bring together many of the things I love about New York: great surroundings, cool events, and you’ll be among locals.

    The Bryant Park Picnic Performances are part of the free concert series that happens every summer in New York.

    September performances:

    • September 1, 2023 Langston in Harlem 7pm
    • September 7, 2023 American Symphony Orchestra with Leon Botstein 7pm
    • September 8, 2023 Romeo and Juliet 7pm
    • September 9, 2023 Gaye Su Akyol (U.S. debut) 7pm
    • September 14, 2023 40th Anniversary Celebration of Harlem Stage 7pm
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    Celebrate Dinner in White/Le Dîner en Blanc (September 14, 2023)

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    The famous Dinner in White (Le Dîner en Blanc) is returning to New York! As always, the exact location and date will only be announced shortly before the start. As the name already reveals, the color white plays the decisive role. White things are mandatory! What awaits you? An elegant picnic all in white in the green!

    My tip: Check out their website and subscribe to their waiting list – so you don’t miss the exact location!!!

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    Free Kayaking on the Hudson River & East River

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    This is a really cool event that can be booked several times a month: discover New York from the water – and even better: from a kayak! You can start at the Manhattan Community Boathouse (Pier 96 at the Hudson River) or at the Brooklyn Bridge Park between Pier 1 and Pier 2 (every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday until the end of August). 

    Seats are limited, so be quick to secure your preferred date – here for the Manhattan Community Boathouse and here for the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse.

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    Big Screen at Hudson Yards

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    From May to October, major international sporting events are shown on the big screen at The Big Screen at The Backyard at Hudson Yards. Sports enthusiasts can watch soccer, Formula 1, golf, tennis tournaments, baseball playoffs, women’s soccer and more on the approximately 30-foot screen.

    Starting in September, there will be additional Movie Nights here again, where you can watch big blockbusters. Which movies will be shown this year is yet to be announced.

    Watch these sports events in 2023:

    • September 1 – 3 The US Open
    • September 7 – NFL Season Kickoff
    • September 8 – 10 The US Open
    • September 9 – NCAA Football
    • September 10 – NFL Week 1
    • September 16 – NCAA Football
    • September 17 – NFL Week 2
    • September 23 – NCAA Football
    • September 24 – NFL Week 3
    • September 28 – Thursday Night Football
    • September 30 – Ryder Cup
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    Free Event: Curtain Up Broadway Festival (Fall 2023)

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    Broadway fans take note: there’s a great and free event you won’t want to miss! This fall, you can experience the Curtain Up Broadway Festival at the Theatre District! The exact dates are yet to be announced.

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    Hip Hop Til Infinity

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    Hip Hop Til Infinity is an immersive digital installation that takes its guests through the different realms and eras of hip hop. In collaboration with innovative partners, Hall des Lumières’ state-of-the-art audiovisual technology illuminates the fascinating history of hip hop. The exhibition will also feature an interactive program with virtual concerts, listening parties and much more. Hip Hop Til Infinity will take place at Hall des Lumières from August 2 to September 17, 2023.

    Exclusively for Mastercard holders, there will be unique after-hours events on four dates where visitors can explore the exhibition while enjoying free food & drinks.


    • Tuesday, August 22
    • Wednesday, August 30
    • Wednesday, September 6
    • Wednesday, September 13
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    The US Open tournament runs through September 10, 2023

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    Whether you’re a local New Yorker or visiting from out of town, the buzz around the US Open is one of the best parts of being in New York during the summer. The biggest stars in professional tennis compete at one of the most iconic tennis venues (and the largest tennis stadium in the world), Arthur Ashe Stadium.

    The 2023 tournament starts August 28th and runs through September 10th. Tickets are available here.

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    Attend the Global Citizen Festival on September 23, 2023

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    The Global Citizen Festival is an annual music festival that takes place in NYC (and other locations around the world). The goal of this event is to end extreme poverty. Fans can get free tickets by participating in various actions to help end poverty. In September 2012, the Global Citizen Festival was held for the first time in Central Park with about 60,000 visitors. Since then, artists such as Rihanna, Beyonce and Jay-Z have performed on Global Citizen Festival stages around the world.

    This year’s festival will once again feature big-name artists: in addition to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Lauryn Hill, the Stray Kids will be headlining, among others, to raise awareness about poverty.


    • Saturday, September 23, 2023 | Gates open at 2:00 p.m., start at 4:00 p.m.


    • Central Park, Great Lawn
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    Electric Zoo Music Festival (September 1 - 3, 2023)

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    Labor Day Weekend hosts the annual Electric Zoo Music Festival in New York. The Electric Zoo Festival is a three-day music festival that takes place on Randall’s Island, which you can walk to if you’re in Astoria, Queens. Electric Zoo brings in some of the top performers in the house and dubstep genre. Some of the past performers include the late Avicii, Steve Aoki, Benny Benassi, and much more. 

    There are a bunch of ways to get to Randall’s Island: the closest subway station is “125 Station”. Your best bet is either by taking the NYC Ferry or an Uber. Also, if you’re in Astoria, you can walk across the RFK bridge. That bridge will lead you right into the island. Tickets are sold out quickly and should be ordered online in advance.

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    Latin Night Market

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    Latin Night Market takes place in Uptown Manhattan and is the first major food and cultural festival dedicated to the Latino and Hispanic community. This food festival kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month on September 22.

    In addition to live performances from genres such as salsa, Latin pop, rumba and hip hop, as well as activities for the whole family, there will of course be a wide selection of Central and South American food and beverages.


    • Friday, September 22, 2023, 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.


    • Uptown Manhattan, on Dyckman St between Dyckman Plaza and Inwood Park
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    The NFL kicks off!

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    Football is New York. Whether it’s a game of the New York Giants or the New York Jets, both American Football teams are definitely worth checking out (ok, I do prefer the Giants 😉 )

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    Watch a FREE movie at the Seaport Cinema

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    The Seaport Cinema is back! Between June and September you can watch exciting movies once a month in a great location. While watching the movie on a big screen, you can enjoy snacks and drinks. There are popcorn, pretzels and sweets, but also tater tots and chicken fingers to satisfy your small appetite. Beer and cocktails will quench your thirst.

    Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and you should arrive early to get the best seats. The motto is: first come, first served! The best thing about this event? It is FREE of charge!


    • Monday, June 12, 2023: Air Bud
    • Tuesday, July 25, 2023: Jaws
    • Wednesday, August 16, 2023: Step Up
    • Thursday, September 21, 2023: Pitch Perfect


    • The Rooftop at Pier 17, 89 South Street
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    Visit the Armory Show NYC (September 8 - 10, 2023)

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    The Armory Show in NYC is a prestigious annual art show that showcases contemporary and modern art. Founded in 1913, the event has been held at various locations over the years but now takes place annually at The Jarvis Center. The exhibition features more than 270 galleries from all over the world and presents an impressive variety of painting styles.

    While the origins of The Armory Show can be traced back to 1913, the current show wasn’t established until 1994. At this time, four art dealers in New York City wanted to grab the world’s attention and support their artists with a new art fair. The result of their hard work was a beautiful moment that captured the world and put New York City on the map for its fantastic art. While there have been a ton of changes over the years, the one thing that remains the same is The Armory Show’s mission to provide an art fair where collectors, curators, and museum directors can come together with galleries from all over the world.

    • When? September 6-8, 2024
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    Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (from September 15, 2023)

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    As the U.S. city with the largest Hispanic population, there may be no better place than New York City to celebrate and honor Hispanic Heritage Month. This annual celebration of Hispanic and Latino heritage takes place in September and October, and New Yorkers make sure to fill up the whole month with parades, events, film festivals, and more.

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    Celebrate National Pancake Day with a Delicious Brunch on September 26, 2023!

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    When it comes to the best brunch in NYC, Bubby’s is a neighborhood diner that offers a unique experience. From 8 am to 4 pm daily, indulge in their mouthwatering, cooked-from-scratch dishes. Don’t miss their must-try Crab Cake Benedict: perfectly cooked crab cakes topped with rich béarnaise sauce, served with sautéed spinach and your choice of home fries or salad.

    Feeling adventurous? Though it’s not one of your run-of-the-mill breakfast sandwiches, try the Crab Cake Sandwich for a delightful twist on brunch. Bubby’s restaurant has been delighting locals for over 30 years with their exceptional food. So, make sure to visit Bubby’s in Tribeca and experience their delicious brunch for yourself!

    Tip: Bubby’s is only one out of several great spots for a delicious brunch experience. If you’re looking for the perfect restaurant to celebrate National Pancake Day, check out my list with the Best Brunch Spots in NYC!

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    New York Fashion Week (September 7 - 13, 2023)

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    This is probably one of the most interesting Things to Do in February in New York. Whole streets are closed off and intersections become catwalks. It’s one of the biggest fashion events of the year. For a week, twice a year, influencers, celebrities, editors, photographers and fashionistas from all over the world will make their pilgrimage to New York City to see the new collections from their favorite designers and brands. 

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    Every Thursday, Times Square Plaza will introduce you to young jazz bands from New York City. At the concert you can enjoy wonderful jazz sounds in the spectacular surroundings of Times Square with its typical New York sounds. The whole event is presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center – an institution for artists in NYC.

    • September 14: Miki Yamanaka Quintet
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    The Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy (September 14 - 24, 2023)

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    The annual Feast of San Gennaro attracts both New Yorkers and visitors to Little Italy in September. Why? The 11-day long festival will spoil you with Italian specialties, parades, eating contests, and free concerts.

    The festival celebrates the life of San Gennaro of Naples, who was once the Bishop of Benevento in Italy. He died a martyr’s death in A.D. 305. The next Feast of San Gennaro in 2023 will mark its 97th anniversary in Little Italy. Besides a church service, there is a parade in honor of the patron saint, a meatball eating competition, a zeppole eating competition, and the festival’s highlight: the cannoli eating contest.

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    Celebrate Oktoberfest in NYC!

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    The famous German bar “Zum Schneider”, which had its home in Alphabet City for 20 years, will host Oktoberfest, which will be held at the Bushwick Inlet in Greenpoint / Brooklyn from September 29th through October 8th.

    Join the celebration with pretzels, hax’n and delicious beer – accompanied by a typical Bavarian live band.

    Tickets are available here.

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    Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit (Sept. 2-4 & 9-10, 2023)

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    The Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit is a twice-yearly event that takes place in the spring and fall in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, New York City. The exhibit features a wide range of artwork from local and international artists, including paintings, sculptures, photography, and more.

    The event is organized by the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes the work of emerging and established artists. It has been held every year since 1932, making it one of the oldest outdoor art exhibits in the country.

    The exhibit is open to the public and is free to attend. Visitors can browse and purchase artwork from over 300 artists, and there are also food vendors and live music performances. The exhibit is a great opportunity to see and support the work of talented artists and experience the vibrant culture of Greenwich Village.

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    Picnicking in Central Park

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    Picnicking in Central Park is always a must-do activity during the summer. There are countless large and small lawns that invite you to relax, making for quite a few spots that are suitable for picnicking in the park, not just the popular Sheep Meadow.

    The largest lawn in Central Park is the Great Lawn, where the popular Central Park Concerts are held. The Great Lawn is a large, green space and is a wonderful spot to relax and have a picnic in the park after a long walk. For the athletes among you, there are even some baseball fields on the green, oval area. You’ll find the Great Lawn in the middle of the park at the 79th to 86th street level.

    Another picnic option is East Green. Here you can sit on a blanket between the trees and enjoy your meal. The East Green is located on 5th Avenue between 69th and 72nd Street.

    The most romantic picnic spot in Central Park is definitely Cherry Hill by the Bow Bridge. It has been the backdrop for many Hollywood movies, such as You’ve got Mail. You can make yourself comfortable on a small slope and enjoy the beautiful view of the lake and the bridge. The bridge is located in the middle of the park around 72nd Street.

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    Spend your evening at one of the rooftops of New York

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    For me, the cloudM Rooftop Bar is one of the most beautiful rooftop bars not only in the Lower East Side, but in all of New York. It is located on the roof of the citizenM New York Bowery Hotel and offers everything that makes a good rooftop bar: a great view, beautiful design and relaxed atmosphere.

    My tip: these are the best rooftop bars in NYC.

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    Discover New York from an observation deck

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    You know what’s really unique about New York? The view of the (most likely) snow-covered Central Park from one of the observation decks! With the Top of the Rock, The Edge Hudson Yards and the SUMMIT One Vanderbilt you have three to choose from! And then there’s the One World Observatory and the Empire State Building. You will love it!

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    Annual German-American Steuben Parade (September 16, 2023)

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    For many years, Germanic heritage and culture have proudly been on display in New York City. The Steuben Parade is one of a kind and has grown into the largest German events in the United States. Enjoy colorful traditional costumes or Trachten, singers, dancers and marching bands. The Steuben Parade is known for its great entertainment, so you shouldn’t miss it if you’re in the area.

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    The Hamptons, Sag Harbor & Outlet Shopping Day Trip from NYC

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    September in New York can still get really hot and humid. Want to escape the heat of the city? There are many destinations near New York City that you can reach perfectly with a day trip from New York in the summer. What do the perfect weekend getaways look like for me this summer? Being by the water, enjoying nature and taking advantage of the good weather to explore major cities like Boston and Philadelphia.

    Here you find the Best Summer Weekend Getaways from NYC

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    Enjoy the Sunset in Williamsburg

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    This beautiful park opened up in Williamsburg in 2018. It’s called Domino park because the former Domino Sugar factory was located at that very spot. Now, it’s filled with greenery, food vendors and a playground for kids. It is located directly on the East River and you have a great view of the city from here. The park invites you to play volleyball or have a picnic.

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    Smithsonian Museum Day (September 17, 2023)

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    New York City has an incredible number of great museums, ranking among the best cities in the world to visit to take in history, art, culture, and more. So what could be even better as a visitor to NYC than access to all of these world-class museums?

    On Smithsonian Museum Day in NYC, that’s exactly what happens. Today, we’re sharing all the must-know information about this yearly event so you can make the most of your time in New York.

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    Experience New York like a local: Willy Wall!

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    The Honorable William Wall, affectionately called “Willy Wall”, is the floating clubhouse of the Manhattan Yacht Club. The clubhouse is anchored in New York Harbor north of Ellis Island from May to October. What is so special about it? It’s definitely an insider’s spot, which not only gives you a great view of Ellis Island and of course the Statue of Liberty – you can also enjoy the sunset from here.

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    BEAST Speedboat Ride

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    Probably the most popular boat tour in New York in the summer is the fast ride on the speedboat “The Beast”. It is an extremely thrilling experience that you should not miss out on. This custom-built, 70-foot speedboat speeds in the direction of the Statue of Liberty at 45 mph! Make sure you are ready to get splashed with water because this is not an easy ride! Definitely a must for all of the adrenaline junkies out there!

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    Food Market in Midtown Manhattan
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    Smorgasburg Food Market is one of the hottest open air food markets in New York City. People come here to meet, eat, drink and enjoy the view of the Manhattan skyline on the East River Waterfront during the warmer months. Smorgasburg means “a mixture of food” and offers a huge selection of small stalls. It takes place in Manhattan and Brooklyn from May to September.


    • Thursdays: Midtown
    • Fridays: WTC/The Oculus
    • Saturdays: Williamsburg
    • Sundays: Prospect Park
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    Shakespeare in the Park (through September 3)

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    A really great summer tradition is Shakespeare in the Park. The free event features classic plays by William Shakespeare every summer at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Outdoors, the play is really a great experience. The Delacorte Theater is located pretty much in the middle of Central Park next to Turtle Pond.

    • You can see THE TEMPEST directed by Laurie Woolery from August 27 – September 3, 2023
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    Visit Governors Island

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    When the weather is beautiful in New York City and you want to escape for a moment from the noise, the hustle and bustle, then a trip to Governors Island is something to consider. The Governors Island Ferry will take you across the East River for $4 with the Governors Island Ferry until the end of September.

    Since 2021 Governors Island is open all year round!

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    Every Friday once a month: Free Admission at The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (September 29, 2023)

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    One Friday per month, The Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum will open its doors to the public for free. Free Fridays will take place on:

    • September 29, 2023

    For more information on these special nights, please click the link here.



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    Walk the High Line

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    The green terrace in the middle of Manhattan is a great experience in fine weather. The decommissioned freight rail track was once overgrown completely as it fell out of use. Based on the plants that grew there, a park was built in homage to the interesting plants that flourish in the city.

    Walk from the Meatpacking District (Gansevoort Street) on the High Line towards Uptown and enjoy the beautiful spring weather. Since 2014,  Manhattan has been enjoying this highlight and attracts countless visitors every day. There are many lovely cafés, galleries and great bars – and with Gallow Green one of my favorite rooftop bars in the city.

    My tip: these are the best spots along the High Line for me.

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    Spend some time in Little Italy, SoHo and Chinatown

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    Now known for their many excellent restaurants, shops and tourism, Manhattan’s SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown neighborhoods offer the most varied stories of New York City. Take a 2-hour tour with a local guide and discover hidden gems and 19th century buildings.

  52. New York for First Time Visitors: Everything You Need to Know for Your Trip (70+ pages)

    New-York-First-Time-Visitors-370×200Here you’ll find everything you need for your New York trip: the most important checklists, travel and visa questions, everything you need to know about the boroughs, airport transfers and our money-saving tips. It’ll help you save $100 right away on tickets!

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    Spend the day at the pool

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    This is amazing: Lying by the pool in the summer and looking at the New York skyline! The best hotels with a pool in New York will take you to Brooklyn, Soho, the Meatpacking District and Central Park. It’s hard to believe there are so few.

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    Enjoy really cool waterfront restaurants

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    Visit this celebrated oyster bar aboard the historic wooden schooner, Sherman Zwicker right on the Hudson River. Hudson River Park was able to set up a pretty sweet deal for the Grand Banks, which now has a row of tables for two running along the south side of the pier. By doing so, they are now able to serve drinks within that space.

    This is my favorite spot in New York City!

    My tip: these are the best waterfront restaurants in NYC right now!

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    Spend the day in one of the best museums of NYC

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    The season is perfect for a museum visit to New York, and the Big Apple really doesn’t lack choices. After the theatrical release of “The Night of Museum” series, (The first movie took place in the New York Museum of Natural History) you really feel like going to the place of the event? In the footsteps of dinosaurs, aborigines and many other historical creatures, the Natural History Museum on Central Park West is always a good idea for a museum outing.

    My tip: These are the Best Museums in NYC

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    Enjoy a summer night in one of the amazing bars and clubs on Bleecker Street

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    Bleecker Street is a pleasant change from the turbulent Herald Square or 5th Avenue. It is considered one of the best shopping streets in the world. Why? There are many small and hip designer stores, record stores and second hand stores and lesser known retail brands.

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    Fotografiska NYC: Visit one of the best art exhibitions in town

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    Fotografiska New York is a wonderful museum in NYC for all art and especially photo art enthusiasts. Originally founded in Stockholm in 2010, the museum also exists in Tallinn (Estonia) and since 2019 in New York.  It is located in a beautiful building from 1892 and extends over 6 floors. In addition to changing exhibitions, there is a restaurant and cocktail bar to round out your visit.

    My tip: These are the best art exhibitions in NYC. and here you find my complete (!) guide to Contemporary Art in New York.

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    Spend a Day at the Beach

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    Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and spend a relaxing day on Brighton Beach in Coney Island. If you don’t want to be in Coney Island, you can also check out some of our favorite beaches in New York here.

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    Summer on the Hudson

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    Summer on the Hudson is Riverside Park & West Harlem Piers Park’s annual outdoor arts and culture festival. Between 59th and 153rd Streets on the Hudson River, you can experience live DJs, exhibits, special shows for kids, and of course, the outdoor movies. And the best part? All the events are free! 

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    Cool off on a jet ski

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    New York in September can still be hot! So why not cool off by jet skiing on the Hudson and East River? If you take a jet ski tour you will be guided along many of New York’s famous landmarks. A guide is always there and brings you to the locations where you’ll have the best views. The jet skis pick up speed, which can go up to 55 mph. At that speed, you’ll fly over the water. Fun and action are guaranteed, just make sure you’re safe! There are several providers of these tours. Take a look at Jetty Jumpers or Rockaway Jetski!

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    Go Shopping at the NYC Autumn Bazaar (September 24, 2023)

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    During the holiday season, Grand Bazaar hosts a seasonal version of its iconic flea market. The curated market takes place on Sundays on Manhattan’s Upper West Side yearlong but pulls out all the stops during the holiday season. Anyone interested in furniture, vintage clothing, jewelry, and crafts will feel like they are in a Yuletide paradise here.

    Each week, the bazaar features a variety of merchants on rotation, offering tchotchkes, antiques, and delicious local cuisine. Be sure to come hungry!

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    Superhero Festival (September 23, 2023)

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    The Superhero Festival is organized by the organization “New York State of Mind” (NYSoM) now for the 4th time and is a great free event in autumn (not only) for kids. Here they can create their own superheroes, participate in races (“The Flash vs. Sonic the Hedgehog”) and a scavenger hunt.

    Here you will find everything you need to know about the Superhero Festival NYC.

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    West Side Fest (September 30, 2023)

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    West Side Fest is an all-day, free event taking place in NYC for the first time this year. The festival is hosted by the West Side Cultural Network, a collaboration of more than 19 museums, parks, and performing arts & cultural facilities centers, all located within a mile of historic New York.

    Visitors can explore participating museums and cultural institutions with free admission and participate in numerous free activities.

    Participating Organizations

    • Atlantic Theater Company
    • Center for Art
    • Research and Alliances
    • Chelsea Factory
    • Dia Chelsea
    • High Line
    • Hudson River Park
    • Joyce Theater
    • The Kitchen
    • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
    • Little Island
    • NYC AIDS Memorial
    • Poster House
    • Print Center New York
    • Rubin Museum of Art
    • The Shed
    • Westbeth
    • West Village Rehearsal Co-Op
    • White Columns
    • Whitney Museum of American Art

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