The sun is shinning, cherry blossoms are blooming, and the grass is growing, it is summer ladies and gentleman! That means outdoor brunches, tanning in the park, and most importantly no more homework. After an intense week of finals it feels good to actually enjoy the weather we’ve been having here in New York. I’m no longer trapped in the library like a prisoner longing for the outdoors, I have my freedom, and it is called summer!
Although summer means going home to California, I did get to cram in a few of my favorite summer spots before I left.
First, I went to Central Park. I spent a whole Sunday wandering around the park taking pictures, people watching, and found the perfect grassy spot under the shade of a tree to read, All The Light We Cannot See. Nothing like a good book on a perfect summer day. It seemed like all of New York had the same idea as well. It was crowded but there was such a great energy, everyone so happy, so excited to be there.
Another day I went to the Highline. I wandered around Chelsea and TriBeCa for a while photographing the architecture and flowers before meeting my best friend on the renovated train tracks. The Highline is one of my favorite places in New York. It is an elevated freight train track that was abandoned and recently renovated into a public park. It runs from the Meatpacking District to Chelsea, it is currently expanding, and is completely elevated offering some of the most amazing views of the city and the Hudson. The charming tracks peak out of the wild gardens, the path goes between warehouses and high rises, there are colorful murals and food vendors and street artists. It’s a fresh new take on parks that everyone should enjoy.
Lastly, one of my favorite places is the Staten Island Ferry. Hold the scoff, I know sometimes it sucks, I use it all the time for my commute into Manhattan. Like any other form of public transportation it can be really crappy, rude people, crowds, tourists, busy commuters, all on one boat. Other times, it can be really nice. On a warm summer’s day, sitting on the outside upper deck, watching the sunset over the skyline, it can be pretty magical.
While people flee the city for the summer for the Hamptons or California, like myself, I highly recommend staying. There is so much to do and enjoy. The days are longer and offer so much, and the nights are warm and fun and offer even more. Take advantage of this special, magical time, because before you know it, the leaves will be changing and school will be starting, and summer will be only a memory.