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    Summer Events in the City

    It's summer in the city!

    Many of the beaches, parks and neighborhoods host films, concerts, street fairs, opera... you name it and it's available. Almost all of these events will cost only the price of a cold drink and maybe a subway fare.

    Here's a sample:

  • Central Park SummerStage
  • Bryant Park Summer Events
  • Opera - Met In The Parks
  • River to River Festival
  • New York Philharmonic
  • Hudson Riverflicks
  • Mostly Mozart
  • International Fringe Festival
  • Central Park SummerStage
    When: May - August
    Where: Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 72nd Street & Fifth Avenue
    What: SummerStage is one of New York's greatest summer institutions, filling Central Park with music, theater, opera and dance for two months each summer.

    This is a very cool place to spend a hot summer night. The entertainment is top notch and the price for many of the groups is free or a $10 donation.

    Subway: New York Subway A trainNew York Subway C trainNew York Subway D trainto 72nd St
    or New York Subway 4 trainNew York Subway 5 trainNew York Subway 6 trainto 68th St.

    Metropolitan Opera _ Met In The Parks
    When: June - August
    Where: Selected parks in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
    What: The Metropolitan Opera presents free opera at Met in the Parks, a three week mini-music fest.

    Bryant Park Summer Events
    When: June through September
    Where: Bryant Park (40th - 42nd Streets, between 5th and 6th Avenues)

    Make sure to check out the Bryant Park Summer Film Festival which screens classic films at Sunset on Monday nights, and the other free concerts and events live at Bryant Park:

    Directions: Bryant Park is situated behind the New York Public Library in midtown Manhattan, between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
    Subway:New York Subway F trainNew York Subway V trainNew York Subway B trainNew York Subway D train train to 42nd Street/Bryant Park
    or New York Subway 7 train to 5th Ave.

    NYC River to River Festival
    When: May, - September
    Where: Lower Manhattan
    What: Just about any event that could interest you. Food, music, dance, drama, walking tours, 4th of July fireworks, and more and more and more...

    Starting at the end of May, the festival goes through the summer until the end of September. Restaurants feature seafood extravaganzas and wine tasting, midday and evening events are planned to cater to every taste.

    You're guaranteed to find something you can't resist.

    Hudson Riverflicks
    When: July - August.Films start at sunset or around 8:30 PM
    Where: Pier 54 West Street at West 13th St & Pier 25 West Street at N. Moore St.
    What: Films shown down by the riverside and out beneath the stars in Manhattan. In one of the most romantic settings, Hudson Riverflicks entertains with cult classics and popular movies.

    Enjoy all time great movies under the stars! Every Wednesday evening at Pier 54 and Friday evening on Pier 25.

    Pier 54: Take the A, C, E, to 14th Street OR take the M14 bus to Tenth Ave. and 15th Street. Cross West Street/9A at 14th and walk south.

    New York Philharmonic
    When: Beginning early July. Check the Web site for dates in July - Saturdays and Sundays).
    Where: Central Park
    What: The New York Philharmonic invites music lovers to pack a picnic basket and settle down on a blanket in the grass for free music in the moonlight at Concerts in the Parks.

    Grucci fireworks, familiar to the world from the Macy's 4th of July displays, are traditionally a part of the show in most locations.

    Mostly Mozart
    When: Tickets go on sale in mid-May.
    Where: Lincoln Center (64th between Columbus and Amsterdam)
    What: Summer in New York means Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Center. It's the place where great classical artists, music devotees and casual listeners all join together to celebrate the music of Mozart-plus Beethoven, Schubert, Haydn, and other Classical and Baroque favorites. Well-known as a showcase for both world-famous performers and promising young artists, the Mostly Mozart Festival is especially popular for its informal, friendly atmosphere.

    Subway: Take the New York Subway 1 trainNew York Subway 9 trainto 66th Street Station.

    By Bus:The M5, M7, M10, M11, M66 and M104 bus lines all stop within one block of Lincoln Center

    New York International Fringe Festival
    When: August
    Where: Lower East Side
    What: This multilingual, 17 day, 180 production extravaganza includes only stuff you would see below 14th Street - in other words, off-off-Broadway. Enjoy almost two weeks of the weird, wild and wonderful as what is affectionately known as FringeNYC. This is the theater for those who are tired of glossy, corporate musicals and prefer the alternative, offering dance, puppetry, spoken word, multimedia and just about anything else you would care to name. The event is held every year on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, in 20 venues within 15 blocks of each other. All are easily accessible and surrounded by the streets and parks, in turn filled with free street entertainment, from fire-eaters to buskers, as well as a life-sized chess game.

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