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Summer in the City

Posted on May 12 2021

Summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in the streets.

It’s finally summer in the city and New York is open again! The streets of my beautiful city are crowded and restaurants and stores are buzzing once again. Even vaccines are happening in authentic New York style: under the blue whale at the American Museum of Natural History and, for baseball fans, at Yankees and Mets games.

The city that never sleeps is staying out late once more, filling the night with laughter and lights. I can’t wait to get dressed up again on a warm summer night, with bare arms, a swingy Flapper Bracelet, and a great pair of hoops.

I love New York in the summer and it’s especially sweet during this post-lockdown year. Central Park is lush and green and full of music. Musicians playing Broadway scores, chamber music and jazz have set up under the trees filling the park with beautiful melodies. I’ll be ready for hot July weather with a white t-shirt, my favorite Ray-Bans and diamond drop earrings sparkling in the sun.

After a walk in the park, I love to stop by BG Restaurant on the seventh floor of Bergdorf Goodman. It’s my favorite place for a girl’s lunch (and couldn’t be more convenient if you might want to do a bit of shopping.) It has the best view in town: Central Park is spread out at your feet. Kelly Werstler designed the interior and it’s full of chic details to inspire you. I almost always order the classic Gotham Salad.

I’m looking forward to Shakespeare in the Park this July: there’s something magical about the Delacorte Theater under the trees when the stage lights come on. SummerStage is bringing concerts by musicians from all over the world to Central Park too.

Lincoln Center is known for the grandeur of its theaters and concert halls: the grand Metropolitan Opera House; David Geffen Hall, aglow as New York Philharmonic fans file in for an evening performance; and the David H. Koch Theater, home to the New York City Ballet.

Those spaces are still closed but Lincoln Center has created ten different outdoor stages and public rehearsal spaces, allowing artists to perform again after the months of shutdowns.

I love how almost every restaurant in New York now has outdoor seating too, with parking spaces turned into cafes and quiet bistros now lively with people walking by on the street. The Open Streets program has closed streets to traffic to allow more space for dining and even dancing in the streets.

Don’t miss the Alice Neel exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Alice was a longtime resident of New York and the city and its people were her subject and her muse: neighborhood children, streets and buildings, activists and artists. When you’re done drinking in the colors and light of her paintings, stop by Via Quadronno, an adorable (and tiny) neighborhood favorite for a cappuccino or gelato on Madison Avenue and do some people watching yourself.

No matter where you go in the city this summer, you’ll feel energized by life spilling out into the streets. You’re sure to fall in love with New York all over again just as I have.