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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.

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June 1

Eat lunch alfresco at Claudette (and trick your Instagram followers into thinking you’re in Paris).

Alex Sushkov Lab

June 2

Embrace your inner nerd at the World Science Festival--where else can you spend the evening geeking out about dark matter with a bunch of physicists?

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June 3

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.

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June 4

Take a pilgrimage to Randall’s Island to see the Killers, Marian Hill and tons more bands rock out at the Governors Ball.

Sammy and the City

June 5

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.

Bryant Park Blog

June 6

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.

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June 7

There’s nothing better than a glass of refreshing lemonade. Oh, except getting to see Beyoncé sing Lemonade live at Citi Field.

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

June 8

Go old school with funk/soul band Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings in the Prospect Park bandshell, part of BRIC’s Celebrate Brooklyn! Lineup.

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June 9

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.)

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June 10

Time for a three-hour vacation: Sip cocktails and eat tapas as Gin Mare transforms the gorgeous Ramscale Studio rooftop into a Mediterranean paradise.

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June 11

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.

Joan Marcus

June 12

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.

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June 13

Longing for the great outdoors? Rough it at OutdoorFest in Brooklyn, where you can learn wilderness survival skills, then go sailing.

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June 14

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.

Sundance Film Festival

June 15

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.

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June 16

Here’s your new signature summer dish: Learn to make killer fried chicken and biscuits at Haven’s Kitchen. You’ll win every picnic, we promise.

The One Group

June 17

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.

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June 18

Channel your inner Ariel at the Coney Island’s annual Mermaid Parade. It’s crowded, hot and crazy, but it’s worth it.

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June 19

Spend the day swimming at Brighton Beach--when you get hungry, hit the streets for a bowl of authentic Ukrainian borscht at Café Glechik.

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June 20

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.

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June 21

Your nails called. They want a new warm-weather-friendly manicure from Paintbox.

Pier A Harbor House

June 22

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.

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June 23

This is not a drill. Amy Schumer is headlining at Madison Square Garden. We repeat: This is not a drill.

Don't Think Productions

June 24

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.

Jamesport Vineyards

June 25

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.

NYC Pride

June 26

Put on your best rainbow ensemble and join in the Gay Pride March as it celebrates its 46th year.

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June 27

Wake up early to grab an everything bagel doughnut (yep, it’s as weirdly delicious as it sounds) at the Doughnut Project.

June 28

Guys, best news ever: You can finally learn to make Roberta’s pizza from scratch at this Brooklyn Kitchen class taught by chefs Anthony Falco and Peter Litschi.

NYC Parks

June 29

Sweat it out at a free African dance class at the Target Brooklyn Community Garden.

Shake Shack

June 30

We know it’s completely cliché, but wait an hour for a burger at Shake Shack in Madison Square Park. You know it’s worth it.

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JULY 1

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.)

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JULY 2

Venture out to Rockaway Beach for some free Yoga on the Beach, then jump into the ocean to cool off.

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JULY 3

Eat oysters and sip summery cocktails at Eataly’s beachy new rooftop pop-up restaurant, Sabbia.

July 4

Scope out an early spot at Brooklyn Bridge Park for a picnic (bring grown-up juice boxes), then stay for a perfect view of the fireworks.

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JULY 5

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.

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JULY 6

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.

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JULY 7

Take a free, beginner tango class at West Harlem Piers taught by Strictly Tango NYC.

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JULY 8

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.

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JULY 9

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.

July 10

Can’t swing a trip to France this year? Pop over to the Bastille Day Street Fair on 60th Street between Fifth and Lexington avenues.

Astoria Beer Garden

JULY 11

Sip Czech beer and spend the day lounging at the picnic tables at the Astoria Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden.

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JULY 12

Stargaze--and planet gaze--on the High Line with telescopes provided by the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York.

Grazing Panda

July 13

Design your own ice-cream creation at Magnum’s New York storefront in Soho (we like ours with gold flakes).

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July 14

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).

 

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July 15

Take a day trip uptown to the Cloisters--check out medieval European art, then explore the gorgeous grounds.

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July 16

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).

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July 17

Try the almost-too-pretty-to-eat Japanese raindrop cake at Smorgasburg Williamsburg. (We said almost.)

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July 18

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.

July 19

Take advantage of the beautiful weather and wait outside for a cotton-candy milkshake at Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer.

July 20

It’s a New York must: See Billy Joel sing “Uptown Girl” at Madison Square Garden as part of his concert residency.

Met Museum

July 21

Explore the Met Breuer, a satellite gallery dedicated to modern and contemporary art in the former Whitney Museum space.

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July 22

Check out NYC’s newest rooftop pool and the breathtaking views at Hotel Indigo’s Mr. Purple.

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July 23

Take a chocolate-making tour at Raaka Chocolate (but try to resist dipping your hands into the vats.)

Javelina

July 24

Sip a refreshing avocado margarita at Mexican hot spot Javelina. (Veggie cocktails are really in right now.)

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July 25

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.

New York State Park

July 26

Lounge in the hammocks at Gantry State Park and gaze at a panoramic view of the New York skyline.

Touchstone Pictures

July 27

Get a big dose of '90s high school nostalgia at McCarren Park’s outdoor screening of 10 Things I Hate About You.

Menhanata

July 28

Need to cool down? Head to Mehanata Bulgarian Bar and have a seat in the subzero vodka room.

July 29

Take a break from the hustle and bustle--head to Ditmas Park for a healthy, local feast at the Farm on Adderley.

Joan Marcus

July 30

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.)

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July 31

Get an early head start on your holiday shopping at the Artists & Fleas “Christmas in July” event in Williamsburg and Chelsea Market, featuring handmade goodies and caroling karaoke.

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August 1

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.

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August 2

They’re baa-aaack. A new revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats is opening on Broadway. Meow.

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August 3

Watch The Royal Tenenbaums under the stars at Pier I in Riverside Park South and steal decor ideas for your apartment.

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August 4

Learn to play chess in Bryant Park. By the end of the summer, you’ll be a grandmaster. (Well, maybe.)

Mitch Broder

August 5

Duck into the Garden at St. Luke in the Fields for a quick, green respite from the city.

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August 6

Summer Streets is back: From 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., it’s totally safe to bike, run or play on Park Avenue from the Brooklyn Bridge all the way up to Central Park.

August 7

Munch guanciale e pepe rice on Santina’s colorful patio and pretend you’re dining along the Amalfi Coast.

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August 8

Take a day trip to Fort Tilden in Queens, one of the (relatively) less crowded beaches in the city.

Aire Ancient Baths

August 9

Air-conditioning not cutting it? Plunge into the 46-degree ice bath at Aire Ancient Baths and you’ll forget all about the heat.

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August 10

Eat lunch, New Orleans-style: Order a pound of crawfish with potatoes and corn at Lower East Side seafood spot The Boil.

The Rise NYC

August 11

Wake up bright and early for this fusion of yoga, ballet and calisthenics outside the Flatiron building, taught by the folks at the Rise NYC.

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August 12

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.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

August 13

Learn how absinthe is made (and, of course, sample some) at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Herbal Spirits Tour.

August 14

You look sweaty. Skip the McCarren Park Pool (too crowded) and get a day pass at the McCarren Hotel’s gorgeous pool instead.

August 15

Eat wild-caught oysters and take in the beautiful view at Grand Banks Oyster Bar.

Wave Hill

August 16

Explore Wave Hill, a sprawling, 28-acre public garden overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades.

Pokeworks

August 17

Try poke, NYC’s newest food trend, at Pokeworks. It’s kind of like a Hawaiian version of ceviche.

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August 18

Hang out at The Top of the Standard Hotel, a gorgeous rooftop lounge you’ll never want to leave.

The Shambhala Center

August 19

Get your Zen on with a seven day urban retreat at the Shambhala Center, a Buddhist meditation space.

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August 20

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.

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August 21

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.

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August 22

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.

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August 23

Pretend you’re in Malibu and hang ten at Brooklyn Surf Bar in Williamsburg. There’s even sand on the floor.

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August 24

Spend the day basking in the sun at Coney Island--and don’t forget to go for a spin on the iconic Wonder Wheel.

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August 25

You couldn’t pay us to golf. Mini-golfing on the other hand? We’re there. Play 18 holes at Pier 25 in Hudson River Park.

August 26

Hang out on the patio and listen to live jazz music at Italian joint Le Fanfare in Greenpoint.

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August 27

Sip a summery Lao with mezcal, agave and passion fruit juice on the Press Lounge roof while gazing at the unbelievable view.

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August 28

Take a stroll down Bank Street in the West Village, one of the most beautiful streets in New York City.

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August 29

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.)

Untermyer Gardens

August 30

Bike up through Riverside Park and into the gorgeous Untermyer Gardens and Conservatory--but pretend you’re in Greece instead of Yonkers.

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August 31

Congrats! You officially made the most of your summer. To celebrate, set sail on a North River Lobster Company cruise. You deserve all the lobster rolls.