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Our Favorite Parks in NYC for Summer

Long summer days are just around the corner. The city of New York is making the most of the extra hours of sunlight—and so should you! Whether you’re passing through and staying at the Royalton New York Hotel or working in Midtown, everyone should set time aside to make the most of the programs, activities and events happening in the city’s parks.

We’ve narrowed the search to our two favorite parks: Bryant Park and The High Line. Sure, there is always something going on in Central Park, but we want to take you beyond the most sought-out attractions and show you a special piece of New York.


Bryant Park

We all know about the quaint and festive Winter Village at Bryant Park. If you follow this blog, you will know about the Bryant Park Summer Film Festival. But this corner of Manhattan packs more than free movies in summertime.

Bryant Park is proud to encourage art in any form through the program Art Cart. This year, Classical Life Drawing, Kids Arts and Crafts and Photography classes are open to the public. In the case of literature, Reading Room is a program that hosts author appearances, writing workshops, poetry readings and much more.

Fitness buffs won’t be left behind. Tai Chi, yoga, pilates, boot camp, fencing and modern dance classes are scheduled all through summer. And don’t forget that Bryant Park Grill and Café, Southwest Porch and the many food kiosks are open for business as usual.



The High Line

We love the High Line, and why shouldn’t we? Flora, fauna and art converge in this unique urban space to create a break from the fast-paced city life. To read more of our views on the matter, go to our previous post Look Closer: The Beauty of the High Line is in its Details.

Let’s focus on summer, though. This season will be full of special tours, art exhibits, performances, social events and wildlife talks. Our favorite events are Family Festival on Saturdays, Stargazing every day at dusk, meditation and Tai Chi classes, From Freight to Flowers guided tour and High Line Honey Harvest Event. There is so much more going on! Consult the High Line website for a full calendar of events.

As always, the main draw of the 1.45-mile park is the ever-changing flora. No matter how often you’ve seen it, you’ll never stop being surprised by its rough beauty.

If you don’t get the chance to escape to these parks as often as you would like, remember that Bar 44 is there, ready to serve you a refreshing cocktail in a warm summer evening.