60 Phenomenal Things To Do This July In New York City
By Claire Leaden • Secret NYC
“Summer in New York City is filled with plenty of things to do, and it’s finally the perfect outdoor weather!
With 4th of July on the horizon and summer in full swing, July will offer plenty of opportunities to soak in the sun and hang by the water before the brutal heat of August kicks in (because like it or not, it’s coming!).
Check out glorious rooftops, cool off at beaches and pools, traipse through fields of sunflowers and lavender (ok, those are a bit outside of NYC!), and much more with our recommendations of things to do this month.”
- Catch this year’s bigger-and-better-than-ever 4th of July fireworks
2-6. Head to the beach
NYC is know for its notoriously hot and humid summers, which may be true for all over the tri-state but definitely seem worse when you’re surrounded by tons of sky-high buildings! Taking a trip to one of our lovely beaches is definitely one of the best ways to beat the heat, so check out our list of the 10 best beaches in NYC. Here’s a sneak peek:
The People’s Beach at Jacob Riis Park, Queens
Coney Island, Brooklyn
Orchard Beach, The Bronx
Rockaway Beach, Queens
Brighton Beach, Brooklyn
7-11. Or take a dip in an NYC pool
NYC’s free public pools are now officially open for the season, but if you’re looking for something more high-end, there are tons of gorgeous private pools to check out too! Here are some of our favorites:
Roosevelt Island’s stunning multicolored pool
Jimmy at the James in SoHo
The Beach at Dream Downtown in Chelsea
McCarren Hotel & Pool in Brooklyn
Profundo Pool Club at the Ravel Hotel in LIC
- Camp under the stars on Governors Island
- Watch paintings swirl all around you at Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
- Grab tickets to the new multisensory exhibit on infamous British street artist Banksy
- Take in sultry tunes under the stars at NYC rooftops
- Or if you’re more into classical music, try one of these glowing concerts by candlelight
- Catch a hilarious rooftop comedy show
- Be transported to Paris with this Moulin Rouge-era outdoor show in the Village
- Immerse yourself in a dazzling, multi-sensory experience
- Plan your visit to NYC’s thrilling Money Heist experience coming this winter
- Explore NYC’s first-ever floating park ‘Little Island’
- See a concert at Bryant Park
- Hop Aboard NYC’s first-ever floating Mexican restaurant
La Barca Cantina
24-29. Take in skyline views at these stunning NYC rooftops
Nothing beats a drink in hand and a skyline in sight. Here are some of our favorite rooftops around the city:
Check out Cantina Rooftop and try the 12-lb taco!
Experience a backyard vibe at The Ready
Escape to the Hamptons right in the city at this beachy-themed bar
Dine on Eataly’s rooftop and see their seasonal decor
Admire all the floral installations at Ampia Rooftop
Sip on cocktails at Top of the Box in Brooklyn
- Catch Lady Liberty napping in Morningside Park
- Kayak for free at Brooklyn Bridge Park
- Explore this stunning lavender farm on Long Island
- Or pick summer sunflowers in New Jersey
- Ride Coney Island’s brand-new roller coaster
- Or try out the world’s longest, tallest & fastest single-rail coaster in nearby NJ
- Embrace your inner child at this giant inflatable theme park coming to Brooklyn
- Give into temptation at this extravagant cirque-burlesque mixology experience
- Experience true darkness at the dystopian immersive show Blindness
- Grab a bite at the Queens International Night Market
Queens Night Market
40-45. Cool off with NYC’s best ice cream shops
One of the best ways to beat the heat in NYC is by indulging in some delicious ice cream! Of course Mister Softee is a classic, but here are some of our other favorite spots to grab a cone:
Minus Celsius Ice Cream, Lower East Side
Mikey Likes It, Lower East Side & Harlem
Whipped Urban Dessert Lab, Lower East Side
Van Leeuwen’s, Multiple Locations
Tipsy Scoop, Kips Bay & Williamsburg
Milk & Cream Cereal Bar, Little Italy
- Take an outdoor yoga class in Bryant Park for free
47-51. Take in the views at NYC’s most stunning waterfront dining locales
The best (and coolest) place to be in the summer is on the water (Manhattan is an island, after all). From eating on historic boats with insane views of the sunset to checking out secluded seafood hotspots on NYC’s smaller surrounding islands, these are some of our favorite spots for a breezy cocktail and bites:
Grand Banks, Pier 25 in Tribeca
Watermark Bar, Pier 15 in South Street Seaport
Baylander Steel Beach, Harlem
City Vineyard, Pier 26 in Tribeca
Anable Basin, Long Island City
52-58. Catch an outdoor movie
- Enter the wizarding world of Harry Potter at the new flagship store
- Sip on Butterbeer just like Harry and his friends
Secret New York City is one of the finest online guides to things to do and see in NYC. From the best restaurants, to fascinating museums, this site will help you discover amazing new places and create some beautiful memories along the way.
Get ready to use our NYC events in August calendar as your guide for ending the summer with a bang! Now that we’re stuck at home a lot while NYC slowly reopens, now’s the time to take advantage of New York beaches and pools before they close for swimming next month. There are many more things to do outside this month, like enjoying incredible rooftops, going to the botanical garden and trying out fun social distanced mini-lawns, too. And use August as your last change to take advantage of all the outdoor movies at Parklife and more. This is the last full-month of summer—make it count!”
Best new restaurants in NYC
If you are looking for some of the best info on food and drink, restaurants and eating in New York City, then you want to head to New York magazine’s Grub Street.
Right now you want to check out: The Return of Restaurants
“Make up for lost meals. No takeout, no pasta kits, just 66 of the best new (or newly relevant) places to eat.” – Edited by Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld,
Here are 3 more of my faves:
Meet in Midtown for Hunanese
Blue Willow / 40 W. 56th St.
When this terrific Hunan restaurant opened last year just down the street from Trump Tower, the owners had trouble attracting customers because security arrangements limited access to the block. But true fans of Hunan cuisine — which can be just as spicy as Sichuan, with a broader array of sharp flavors — have a way of sniffing out talent and overcoming obstacles in their path, and Blue Willow gradually became a word-of-mouth hit, especially among Chinese Americans. Now, with the barriers gone, the restaurant draws diners looking for dishes like house-smoked Hunan bacon (thick swatches of pork belly stir-fried with cloves of garlic) and “snow red greens” (minced mustard greens riddled with pickled red chiles). —R.C.S.
Share Thai Disco Fries at a New-Wave Diner
Thai Diner / 186 Mott St.
It’s clear while sitting at Thai Diner’s packed outdoor setup on Mott and Kenmare that Nolita, a reliably bustling corner of the city that felt eerily quiet throughout the past year, is very much alive these days. At this, Ann Redding and Matt Danzer’s latest spot, they’re serving Uncle Boons (RIP) favorites, such as khao soi and crab fried rice, alongside cheeseburgers, fried-chicken sandwiches, and Thai disco fries smothered in curry sauce, which we recommend pairing with a notably strong martini while ogling the ecstatic-to-finally-be-out-and-about passersby. —R.P.S.
Gorge on Russian Spa Food
Matryoshka at Wall Street Bath & Spa 88 / 88 Fulton St.
The Russian bathhouse isn’t just about cleansing; it’s about restoring and nourishing, which is why the indoor-dining ban hit the banya so hard. You were permitted to sweat it out on Fulton Street, but you couldn’t seek rejuvenation through hot borscht and cold beer. Now, after a few rounds in a sauna set to a screaming 220 degrees, you can once again bring your body back to life in a cafeteria with other dripping-wet patrons wearing very few clothes. Consider filling up on slippery Siberian pelmeni drenched in butter, fried potatoes slicked with enough garlic to qualify as a medicinal supplement, and Georgian lamb soup that will scorch your tongue for days, which means it’s precisely the right temperature.—R.P.S.
Also see Eater New York’s interactive map that highlights
these 66 restaurants that deserve your attention.