My 2019 New York Summer Bucket List

The best things to do in New York City this summer: where to eat, free things to do, the greatest skyline view, where to wander in Central Park, restaurant and travel guide.

Banjanan dress, Anya Hindmarch bag, Soludos espadrilles.

It’s the first official day of summer! With no travel plans in the books right now, we’re looking at a few months of exploring more of New York and enjoying some of our already-favorites. Between cold-brew-and-Oatly lattes, here’s where you'll find me around the city this season.

My NYC Summer Bucket List

  • Wake up early one weekend morning, get coffee at Maman, and wander through SoHo while the neighborhood is sleeping in.

  • Have a beach day in the Rockaways, with lunch at Tacoway Beach (the best tacos!)

  • Visit Central Park’s Conservatory Garden while the flowers are blooming.

  • Stand in line (or win the TodayTix lottery) for a free Shakespeare in the Park performance.

  • Try a new farmer’s market or two.

  • Head out to the DUMBO waterfront for brunch or dinner with one of the best Manhattan skyline views.

  • Picnic in Central Park. Make a day of it with books and blankets, or just enjoy breakfast before it gets too busy - it’s almost always quiet before 11am on weekends.

  • Spend a sunny afternoon in the garden at Laudrée SoHo - they take reservations!

  • On rainy days, check out the great museum exhibitions around town like Camp: Notes on Fashion at the Met and Nature at the Cooper Hewitt.

  • Have friends over for a dinner of snacks.

  • Get out of the city! I can’t believe how little I’ve explored on the east coast since moving here - if you have any favorites, let me know!