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Get Ready for Summer Streets NYC 2017

Summer Streets NYC is one of the biggest, most exciting summer activities in New York, and the 2017 happening is expected to make a real splash. Planned for three consecutive Saturdays in August, this outdoor event will turn 7 miles into a pedestrian playground complete with walking tours, dog parks, art exhibits and misting stations.

Last year’s event boasted 300,000 visitors including local families and tourists. Activities are free of charge, and this year’s event will include a 270 foot waterslide, a water park shaped like a dishwasher, 165-foot long zip line, a rock climbing wall, fitness classes and more.

Check out last year’s Summer Streets NYC event:

 

NYC Free Summer Show Guide

NYC in summer is the place to be. Whether you’re visiting from out-of-town or a local looking for something to do without too much of a commute, free theater and shows offer a unique, New York-themed experience that you’ll never forget! With the added benefits of fresh air, interesting people and of course the lack of expense, these shows are the perfect local activity.

Here’s a brief guide of free shows in the city:

  • Shakespeare in the Park. NY’s most prestigious free summer theater, with shows held at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.
  • New York Classical Theater. Offering a more interactive experience, these shows generally have the audience follow along for about 3 blocks.
  • Hudson Warehouse. A pay-what-you-can theater specializing in the classics and located at the Bernie Wohl Arts Center on the Upper West Side.
  • Shakespeare in the Parking Lot. An annual affair which will take place at the parking lot behind Clemento Soto on the Lower East Side.
  • Potomac Theater Project. Offers experimental workshops and other works in progress at Atlantic Stage 2.
  • Theater for the New City. This summer, the company is offering a political new musical called “Checks and Balances, or Bottoms Up!” throughout the city.

Things to do in NYC

For those who find themselves in the New York City area and want to take in the area’s landscape and major monuments, this video is good place to start.

Manhattan’s Green Green Hill

greenThat would be Inwood Hill. Right at the tip of Manhattan sits the stunning Inwood Hill along the Harlem River. What’s wonderful about this unspoiled area is that while the rest of New York (and in particular Manhattan) was just built up and changed and modified, this was quite nicely left alone. Indeed, some even say that it hasn’t been touched since the American Revolution. That’s quite something for anything in New York!

What’s fascinating about this place is that it has not gotten pulled into the growth of NYC’s “most famous metropolis,” but instead has remained in sync with nature. This stunning 196-acre forest can offer the millions of New Yorkers a vacation, some Zen time, an escape, and more while still being in the heart of The City That Never Sleeps.

Inwood Hill brings New York a sense of serenity. Greenery is always needed no matter how metropolitan a city becomes.

Taxi!

taxiNew York City’s taxi app Uber is currently on the lookout for 10 employees to join its team. The firm would like to hire: a marketing manager, operations and logistics manager, recruiter and four software engineers.

The firm is trying to “become an integral part of the transportation infrastructure of every city around the world. To help make this vision a reality, we’re rapidly growing our local engineering and operations teams right here in NYC.”

At the present time, Uber has approximately 60 employees in New York City (as well as a new office in Chelsea), rendering it a key player in the yellow taxi market.

Things to Do in NYC on New Year’s

ball-dropThere’s probably no more exciting place to be on New Year’s than in New York City, the City that Never Sleeps.   Whether you are there on business, vacationing at one of Shimmie Horn’s luxurious Triumph Hotels, or happen to be privileged enough to live in the Big Apple, why not make 2013 the year opening to remember, by getting tickets to the Times Square Party?

Pass prices for the 10th annual event range from $235 for standard fare from 9pm, to $295 from 7pm.  Each add-on (for various dinner packages) is $55.  The After Parties Party Pass which gives one complimentary admission to any of the Official NYE 2013 After Parties.  These commence at approximately 2am and usually cost around $35 for entrance.  The Parties All Access Party Pass gives one admission to some of the city’s most exclusive clubs, lounges and restaurants.  For partying in “green” style, check out Greenhouse which is both the city’s Premiere Nightlife Destination and first ever eco-friendly nightclub. There are over 10 after parties to choose from with this pass.

And of course, while in town, check out the crystal ball drop with its “lucky” Number 13.  Tim Hopkins is not concerned about the traditional unluckiness associated with the number claiming “we think 2013 will be an amazing year.”  Well, for those seeing it start in NYC, it probably will.

Pedicabs for Tourists

Tourists anywhere in the world are, unfortunately, a prime target for getting taken advantage of.  Whether it is at market stores, negotiating with street vendors, or even taking a cab ride, tourists have a generally harder time staying on a budget than locals.  However, there is now good news for those who happen to be taking a vacation in New York, perhaps staying at Shimmie Horn’s Washington Jefferson Hotel, Gramercy Park Hotel, or The Jane Hotel.  The city’s local council just approved new regulations for pedicabs in the area, with the specific goal of safeguarding tourists against greedy, unethical cab drivers. Pedicab drivers are now being legally requested to charge their customers by the minute, with the timer clearly visible.

Until now, it has been more common for pedicab drivers to charge per city block and passenger, with some even putting on additional fees and surcharges.  There was one dreadful case a few months ago of a Texan family paying over $400 for a 14-block ride.  Now, with the new pedicab law, this issue just will not arise.

The Play Company

For those looking for a bit of culture while luxuriating at Shimmie Horn’s Iroquois Hotel, The Play Company is presenting a special benefit event at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre for Broadway’s Glengarry Glen Ross.  This is a Pulitzer Prize winning play by David Mamet, depicting parts of two days in the lives of four desperate Chicagoan realtors.  So desperate are they to make sales, that they will go to extraordinary unethical and illegal acts.  The name Glengarry Glen Ross comes from the salesmen characters, Glengarry Highlands and Glen Ross Farms.

At Angus’ Café Bistro, located on 258 West 44th Street, there will be a pre-show cocktail reception that starts at 6 15.  The Theatre is located at 236 West 45th Street.