Story of our lives: On June 1, we always promise ourselves we’re going to take advantage of the millions of amazing things to do in NYC. But by the end of August, we’ve spent the whole time sitting on our butt in Sheep Meadow (which isn’t a bad thing, but still). This year, it’s going to be different. We’re seizing all 92 days, people. Summer starts…now.
Wait in line for free tickets to see the all-lady production (yessss) of Taming of the Shrew at the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park.
Take a pilgrimage to Randall’s Island to see the Killers, Marian Hill and tons more bands rock out at the Governors Ball.
Stroll through the park and shop for a new painting for your dining room at the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit. It’s multitasking at its finest.
It’s summer, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t learn anything new. Take a free Italian, Japanese or Brazilian Portuguese class in Bryant Park.
There’s nothing better than a glass of refreshing lemonade. Oh, except getting to see Beyoncé sing Lemonade live at Citi Field.
Go old school with funk/soul band Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings in the Prospect Park bandshell, part of BRIC’s Celebrate Brooklyn! Lineup.
Thinking about adopting a pet? Learn how to raise happy chickens in the city at the Imani Community Garden’s urban chicken coop. (Yep. Seriously.)
Time for a three-hour vacation: Sip cocktails and eat tapas as Gin Mare transforms the gorgeous Ramscale Studio rooftop into a Mediterranean paradise.
Finally, a use for that flapper dress you bought for Halloween. Sip gin rickeys and do the Charleston at the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island.
Head to Broadway hot spot the Metropolitan Room to watch the Tony Awards live while drinking martinis. Something tells us a little show called Hamilton is going to win some stuff.
Prepare your best true story for the Moth StorySlam at Housing Works Bookstore (or just watch others tell theirs). No pressure, but it better be good--it’ll be broadcast on the podcast.
See next year’s hit movies before they’re released wide at BAMcinemaFest--first up on opening night is the indie hit Little Men, starring Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle and Alfred Molina.
Stake out a spot on STK Downtown’s breathtaking rooftop at happy hour. Order a Manhattan and the crispy rock shrimp. Repeat as necessary all summer long.
Channel your inner Ariel at the Coney Island’s annual Mermaid Parade. It’s crowded, hot and crazy, but it’s worth it.
Spend the day swimming at Brighton Beach--when you get hungry, hit the streets for a bowl of authentic Ukrainian borscht at Café Glechik.
It’s a summer tradition: Sip a glass of white wine and watch the sunset at the Frying Pan, a docked boat off the Hudson.
Who needs a vacation home when you can kick back at Pier A Harbor House in Battery Park? All of the views, none of the mortgage.
This is not a drill. Amy Schumer is headlining at Madison Square Garden. We repeat: This is not a drill.
Catch one of the dozens of all-night improv shows at UCB’s Del Close Marathon, where the chance of an Amy Poehler sighting is extremely high.
Sample hundreds of Long Island wines and treats at the North Fork Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival at Jamesport Vineyards. Wear your elastic-waist pants.
Put on your best rainbow ensemble and join in the Gay Pride March as it celebrates its 46th year.
Get brave and sing in front of a bunch of strangers outside at Totally Public Karaoke at Pier I. (Might we suggest “Formation”? It’s what Beyoncé would want.)
Venture out to Rockaway Beach for some free Yoga on the Beach, then jump into the ocean to cool off.
Eat oysters and sip summery cocktails at Eataly’s beachy new rooftop pop-up restaurant, Sabbia.
The weirdest (but still kinda cool) summer plan ever: Get a head start on your winter wardrobe at Bryant Park Knits, where you can knit sweaters and scarves in the sweltering heat. It’s free, and you even get yarn and needles.
Usually the woodsy Hallett Nature Sanctuary in Central Park is closed to the public, but from 2 to 5 p.m. you can explore the lush forest trails.
Who needs one lunch when you can have 12? Head to Broadway Bites in Greeley Square for a ton of amazing lunch options in one outdoor spot.
Dance under the stars at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing, featuring live music by the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra. If you’re really good, you might win the lindy hop dance contest.
Design your own ice-cream creation at Magnum’s New York storefront in Soho (we like ours with gold flakes).
Take the Jitney to the Hamptons for the day (but before you go, sign up for PureWow’s Hamptons edition so you’re in the know).
Yay, we don’t have to go to the Jersey shore to bump, set and spike. Play free beach volleyball from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pier 25 (and yep, there’s real sand).
Try the almost-too-pretty-to-eat Japanese raindrop cake at Smorgasburg Williamsburg. (We said almost.)
Have a picnic in Central Park…anywhere besides Sheep Meadow. There are so many other great places to explore, like the grassy spots around Belvedere Castle.
See and be seen at the pool at the Beach at the Dream Downtown…if you can get past the velvet rope at the door.
Lounge in the hammocks at Gantry State Park and gaze at a panoramic view of the New York skyline.
Get a big dose of '90s high school nostalgia at McCarren Park’s outdoor screening of 10 Things I Hate About You.
See Jessie Mueller knock it out of the park as a baking guru in the new Sara Bareilles musical Waitress on Broadway. (Oh, and the whole theater smells like pie.)
Even if sports aren’t your thing, you have to see the Mets play the Yankees at Citi Field. If only for the cheese fries.
They’re baa-aaack. A new revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats is opening on Broadway. Meow.
Eat lunch, New Orleans-style: Order a pound of crawfish with potatoes and corn at Lower East Side seafood spot The Boil.
Relax on Gallow Green’s cozy porch swing and sip a Pimm’s Punch (Pimm’s No. 1 with crushed ginger, cucumber, mint and lime) in the charming rooftop garden.
Hang out at The Top of the Standard Hotel, a gorgeous rooftop lounge you’ll never want to leave.
Get your Zen on with a seven day urban retreat at the Shambhala Center, a Buddhist meditation space.
Go on the NYC Margarita March and sample eight margaritas from bars across the city. A portion of the proceeds goes to non-profit and charitable organizations, so win-win.
Can’t decide which band to see? Check out the Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater--this year, Ariana Grande, J. Cole, Calvin Harris and tons more share the bill.
Take a winemaking tour at City Winery, then sip a glass of local wine. And you might want to buy an extra bottle or three to take home.
Nab a seat to the first round of the U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. (But if you see a green ball flying at your head, duck.)
Bike up through Riverside Park and into the gorgeous Untermyer Gardens and Conservatory--but pretend you’re in Greece instead of Yonkers.