Summer in the city
Summer is winding down in the city, but there is still so much to do! We had some terribly hot days in June, July was rainy, but August has been lovely so far. Sunny and bright — perfect for a tour with us. Many New Yorkers spend the weekends at the beaches on Long Island, or some head to the Jersey Shore, but for those of you staying in the city, you too can take to the water!
A bike ride along the Hudson River is a great way to see the sights. There are several locations for renting bikes along the river: Bike and Roll at the Hudson River Park is one option, or you can start further south, at the Bike and Roll location near Battery Park. Rentals are available for half an hour or half a day. Grab a picnic from one of New York’s great gastronomic institutions, such as Zabar’s on the Upper West Side, Fairway in Harlem (where a new Bike and Roll location will be opening soon!), or a perennial favorite, the Chelsea Market. The Chelsea Market is also a great location to use as your starting point for a visit to the High Line, one of New York City’s green “jewels”
The Manhattan skyline is also magnificent from the water’s edge, whether from the banks of Brooklyn overlooking the East River, or from a boat cruising up and down the Hudson River. There are several options to choose from, including the Circle Line, NY Water Taxi, as well as evening dinner cruises with World Yacht or Bateaux New York. (By the way, the guides on all of the NYC boats are great – don’t forget to tip!) Be adventurous and take the PATH train to Jersey City or Hoboken in New Jersey to another point of view — some of our favorite views are from the Jersey side of the Hudson, and My NYC Tours is happy to share them with you! Of course, don’t forget about the Staten Island Ferry — but make sure to actually visit Staten Island!
Summer breezes and great views can also be found in that classic New York City landmark — the Empire State Building. Open every day from 8 am to 2 am (yes, that’s 2 o’clock in the MORNING), you should not miss a chance to see the city glimmering beneath your feet. Of course another option is the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center. It is slightly lower than the Observation Deck at King Kong’s final New York City visiting site, but you will see an amazing panorama, Empire State Building included! Enjoy the rest of the summer, and we look forward to seeing you on one of our tours.