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Heather Cross

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Welcome June in New York City!

Saturday May 31, 2014
It's nearly June, which brings a wealth of wonderful events and activities to New York City. Some events happening this June that you won't want to miss: Many public school kids are still in school, so the summer vacation masses have not yet arrived in New York City, but many of the summer's fun concerts and outdoor movie festivals begin. June offers visitor the fun of summer in New York City, without the sweltering heat and crowds.

Bryant Park Summer 2014 Free Film Series

Friday May 30, 2014
Audience Enjoying Movie in Bryant ParkEnjoy classic films under the stars from June through August at the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival. It's always a great scene -- lots of New Yorkers picnicking and enjoying summer in the city -- followed by a great movie on a big screen in Bryant Park beneath the city sky. This year's highlights include Saturday Night Fever, Blazing Saddles and The Karate Kid.

Photo of Audience Enjoying Movie in Bryant Park by Mario Tama/Getty Images

Dining With a View of the Statue of Liberty

Monday May 19, 2014
Bateaux New York with Statue of LibertyAre you looking for an only-in-NYC dining experience? How about eating your dinner while cruising in the New York Harbor? On Entertainment Cruises' Bateaux New York you can enjoy a three-course dinner and live entertainment while taking in spectacular views from the glass-encased ship. This is a great choice for adult travelers looking for a unique, relaxing sightseeing cruise experience.

Review: Bateaux New York Dinner Cruise Review
More: Best NYC Sightseeing Cruises
More: My Favorite Things to See & Do in NYC

Photo of Bateau New York and Statue of Liberty courtesy of Entertainment Cruises, used with permission

More Central Park Summer Concerts: SummerStage and Naumburg Orchestral Concerts

Thursday May 15, 2014
It's hard to believe that summer is just around the corner, and it promises to be a season of fantastic concerts in New York City -- many of which are free! We've just updated the 2014 schedules for Central Park SummerStage and the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts, both of which take place in Central Park. Central Park's SummerStage lineup is great if you want to check out popular or emerging artists from a variety of musical genres, while the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts feature outstanding classical music performances.

Visitor Guide: Central Park
Event Guide: Central Park SummerStage
Event Guide: Naumburg Orchestral Concerts
Event Guide: New York City Summer Concerts

Celebrate Brooklyn Prospect Park Schedule

Wednesday May 14, 2014
We've just updated the schedule of performances at the Prospect Park bandshell for the 2014 season of Celebrate Brooklyn! There are so many great shows this season, including The National, Janelle Monae, Lake Street Dive and Nickel Creek. Most of the shows are free (though they suggest you donate $3 to help offset costs), but there are also benefit shows whose ticket sales help support the summer-long program.

Celebrate Brooklyn!: Visitors Guide | 2014 Schedule
More: Prospect Park Guide
More: Things To Do in Brooklyn
More: Where To Eat in Brooklyn

Fleet Week in New York City: May 21-28, 2014

Tuesday May 13, 2014
The Parade Of Ships Marks Start Of New York's Fleet WeekFleet Week in New York City begins on Wednesday, May 21 and lasts through Wednesday, May 28, 2014. There are many military demonstrations, performances and events throughout Fleet Week, as well as the opportunity to see sailors all around New York City. The USS Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum hosts many events during Fleet Week making it particularly popular this time of year.

More: Fleet Week Events Schedule
More: Additional Fleet Week Related Events
Holiday Guide: Memorial Day in NYC
Visitors Guide: USS Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

Photo of The Parade of Ships Marking the Start of New York's Fleet Week by Chris Hondros/Getty Images

Treat Your Mom Right on Mother's Day

Tuesday May 6, 2014
If you're spending Mother's Day in New York City with your Mom, you're lucky to have lots of different ways to show her how much she means to you. Whether you want to send her off for some alone time (maybe a trip to the spa?) or you want to have fun together, we've got some great ideas for how to celebrate Mother's Day in New York City.

Article: Mother's Day in NYC
More: Planning a Mother-Daughter NYC Getaway
More: May in New York City

Photo of Women in Spa by Michal Venera/Getty Images

9/11 Memorial Museum Opening May 21, 2014

Tuesday April 29, 2014
9/11 Memorial Museum Pavilion ExteriorThe 9/11 Memorial Museum will open its doors to the public on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. From May 15-20, 2014 the Museum will be open 24 hours a day for a special dedication period. During the dedication period, 9/11 families, 9/11 rescue and recovery workers, active duty first responders from agencies that lost members in the 9/11 attacks, 9/11 survivors and lower Manhattan residents and business owners will be able to visit the Museum before it opens to the public, but they must make reservations in advance. We have details about making reservations for the dedication period, as well as how to buy tickets once the museum opens to the public on May 21, 2014. Tickets are $24 for adults ($42 if you want a guided tour), but there are also free hours weekly on Tuesdays from 5-8 p.m. (Tip: you'll still need to reserve tickets, when they are released two weeks in advance.)

More: 9/11 Memorial Visitors Guide
More: Visiting Ground Zero

Photo of 9/11 Memorial Museum Pavilion Exterior by Amy Dreher

Shakespeare in the Park Guide

Sunday April 27, 2014
Since 1954, Shakespeare in the Park has been bringing free theater to New Yorkers and visitors. This summer, you can enjoy productions of Much Ado About Nothing and King Lear. If you've never been before, we've got the essential information for planning to enjoy Shakespeare in the Park, from performance dates and times to tips on getting tickets and how to avoid waiting in line.

More: Tips for Getting Shakespeare in the Park Tickets
More: Summer Concerts in NYC

The New York Philharmonic Returns To NYC Parks This Summer

Friday April 25, 2014
One of my favorite New York City summer concerts is the New York Philharmonic in the Parks. From July 9-15, 2014 the New York Philharmonic will perform six free concerts in New York City. Central Park, Prospect Park (Brooklyn), Van Cortlandt Park (the Bronx) and Cunningham Park (Queens) will each have outdoor performances by the Philharmonic, while the concert in Staten Island will be at an indoor CUNY venue.

Visitors Guide: NY Philharmonic in the Parks
Schedule: 2014 Philharmonic in the Parks Schedule
More: NYC Summer Concerts

Photo of New York Philharmonic in Central Park New York Philharmonic by Chris Lee

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