While we continue to social distance, wear masks, and WASH OUR HANDS here in New York City (and hopefully the country), I thought it would be fun to write up a few things to do this Summer in the city! Of course this will exclude your normal city summertime activities like bar hopping, pregaming @ friends, and crowding the beaches of The Hamptons, but there is still so much to do and see, while social distancing! I promise!!
I put together 5 of the things I have personally been loving this summer and hope you can find some happiness and joy in these activities as well. 🙂 ENJOY! The key to all of these is, staying outside as much as you can if with friends!
Picnic @ Sheep’s Meadow in Central Park: Kyle & I have already been twice this Summer, which is more than we have ever gone in one season! Which actually bums me out, because of how much I love the atmosphere and vibe of Sheep’s Meadow. If you didn’t know Sheep’s Meadow is located in the middle of Central Park! You can enter around the 60’s streets and is so large, it’s hard to miss.
The reason we have been choosing Sheep’s Meadow is because it’s the easiest to social distance in. There are “social distancing ambassadors” that walk around and ensure you are 6 feet apart at all times and have free masks to hand out! It makes me feel super safe! Overall I would avoid Domino Park and Washington Square Park due to large crowds. You also cannot enter Domino Park without getting your bags searched and if you have alcohol, they will take it.
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Citi Biking: I had never rode a Citi Bike until this year!! I have been so, so pleasantly surprised with how much I love it. We have been choosing to bike over riding the subway, for obvious reasons, and it has been such a nice change of pace for me. We have so far biked to and from Williamsburg, which is an amazing workout over that damn Williamsburg Bridge lol. As well as countless rides to and from the West Village, Upper East Side and the Central Park Bike Loop, which is 6.6 miles.
For those that aren’t familiar it costs $3.27 for a single 30 min ride on Citi Bike. If you go over the 30 minutes, it is an additional 15cents per minute, which is not bad at all. The most I have ever paid, has been around $6.00 total which is SO CHEAP compared to going to a bike rental spot in the city.
To-Go Cocktails & Long Walks (over outdoor dining): Kyle & I have yet to try outdoor dining here in NYC. It isn’t that we don’t feel comfortable, because we do feel the restaurants here are taking every precaution, nor do we have judgement to those that do! We more have been avoiding it because we have absolutely loved cooking at home. Not only has it been healthier for us, but it also has helped us SAVE SO MUCH MONEY during this time. Instead of opting for a full sit down meal, we have instead gone with just the to-go cocktail option and have LOVED walking up and down 3rd avenue chatting!
Rooftop Hangs: For starters, Kyle & I DO NOT have a rooftop at our current apartment or any outdoor space for that matter. Which is why we are moving back to Brooklyn (which is a story for another day lol). However friends rooftops and balconies have been our saving grace here in the city! We feel a ton more comfortable gathering with friends, if doing so on their rooftop or outdoor space, where everyone is able to social distance and feel comfortable. This is also a nice alternative to hanging out with friends outside the bars in the East and West village, which have been growing increasingly crowded and borderline unsafe.
Renting a Car and Hiking Upstate: A lot of New Yorkers do not have cars or access to a car, which is one of my personal favorite things about living here! However it does get in the way when it comes to situations like a nationwide pandemic. There are days you just want to hop in your vehicle and drive Upstate to get some fresh air or take in nature! There is nothing wrong with that if being safe, of course! So last weekend Kyle and I rented the brand new Mazda3 Hatchback and drove! There is a ton to do Upstate, such as hiking, biking or exploring. You can take a look at the 3 best trails outside NYC in this article!