Summer’s unofficial kickoff—Memorial Day weekend, May 25 to 27—is right around the corner, and we can’t wait for the season to start. Why, you ask? Read on for 15 very good reasons:
1. WorldPride is coming to NYC.
Pride is getting supersized this summer for the 50th anniversary of Stonewall and the arrival of WorldPride in NYC. To mark the occasion, big stars will perform at some of the major Pride events and parties. Among the boldface names: 1980s icon and pop superstar Grace Jones, who’s headlining the first night of Pride Island on June 29. —Brian Sloan
2. Summer foods make us feel fine.
Go to Corona or Cobble Hill for Italian ice. Get freshly shucked clams at Cosenza’s on Arthur Avenue. Take a tasty tortilla break from Rockaway Beach at Tacoway Beach. Alfresco eating at restaurants, picnicking at parks, hitting up Smorgasburg—it’s all about easy living and breezy dining during an NYC summer. —Andrew Rosenberg
3. Summer sports…also make us feel fine.
The Mets and Yankees are already playing, and Memorial Day marks the first moment baseball fans can responsibly check the standings. Both teams have enough talent that we can reasonably expect them to be in the thick of their respective pennant races. Plus, the Mets are set to host Seinfeld Night on July 5. The WNBA’s New York Liberty, meanwhile, host the Seattle Storm at Barclays Center on August 11, and America’s biggest tennis tournament, the US Open, returns starting on August 26. —Jonathan Zeller
4. Soccer will take on an international flavor.
Two area games highlight summer’s International Champions Cup: AS Roma vs. Benfica at Red Bull Arena (July 24), and Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid at MetLife Stadium (July 26). There’s also a Gold Cup doubleheader at Red Bull Arena (June 24), with Haiti taking on Costa Rica in the second game. Want to know more? Check out our roundup of other noteworthy matches. —AR
5. We’re hitting the beach.
Bet you didn’t know that NYC is home to a bunch of beaches just a short train ride from Manhattan. Those 14 miles of sand officially open on Memorial Day weekend. Rockaway Beach, a spot popular with surfers, and the famous Coney Island are two of the City’s more colorful options. —Christina Parrella
6. Speaking of Coney Island, sequins are in the forecast.
June 22 promises schools of glittering costumes, sparkling floats and quirky performances near the sea (and all for free) when the annual Mermaid Parade shimmies down the Coney Island boardwalk. —Gillian Osswald
7. We’ll see who winds up in the wieners’ circle.
We suggest eating a lot of NYC hot dogs when you’re here this season (see our guide from a few years ago), but not as many as the entrants will wolf down during the July 4 hot dog eating competition at Nathan’s—also in Coney Island. —AR
8. We’ll have some laughs.
As ever, NYC is going to have plenty of great comedy shows this summer. Among the highlights: Hannah Gadsby plays four weeks at the Daryl Roth Theatre, July 23 through August 17; Saturday Night Live’s Chris Redd appears at Carolines June 6–9; Naomi Ekperigin and Andy Beckerman bring their Couples Therapy show to Union Hall on August 1; Jerry Seinfeld continues his Beacon Theatre residency throughout the summer and beyond; the likes of Janeane Garofalo and Hari Kondibalu play at EastVille; and regular shows like Butterboy at Littlefield (co-hosted by Aparna Nancherla, Jo Firestone and Maeve Higgins) and Whiplash at Union Hall continue bringing in wall-to-wall lineups of big names and up-and-comers you’ll see on TV soon enough. —JZ
9. We love it loud.
And we should get it with Kiss’ last planned NYC visit (August 20), Elvis Costello and Blondie pumping up Forest Hills Stadium (July 24) and Wu-Tang Clan ruling everything around them at Coney Island’s Ford Amphitheater (June 16). Watch too for Patti Labelle kicking off Celebrate Brooklyn (June 4), FKA Twigs and Leon Bridges headlining Afropunk (August 24–25) and the whole season-long lineup of SummerStage. —AR
10. And Jenny from the Block is turning 50.
Bronx native Jennifer Lopez celebrates the half-century mark with two concerts at Madison Square Garden on July 12 and 13. —CP
11. Moulin Rouge is coming to Broadway.
Truth, beauty, freedom and—above all—love arrive on Broadway with the highly anticipated stage version of the mash-up musical Moulin Rouge. This early-aughts blockbuster retains its original audacity (yes, there is a massive elephant boudoir) and adds subsequent pop hits by Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Lorde. —BS
12. We’re taking a Time Out in Dumbo.
For decades, Time Out magazine has been a marker of in-the-know urban culture. Now the magazine brings its own curated market to Dumbo’s Empire Stores. There will be live entertainment and cool food vendors like Jacob’s Pickles, Reserve Cut, Juliana’s Pizza and Miss Ada. —BS
13. It’s time for an island getaway.
14. The new trash cans are here! The new trash cans are here!
Well, they will be in mid-June, when the Department of Sanitation tests out prototypes of three designs to eventually replace the green wire-mesh receptacles that have adorned street corners for the better part of a century. While you’re guests in our City, do us a favor and use them to help keep our sidewalks clean. —AR
15. New bars will quench your summer thirst.
A landmark cocktail bar will be back in action when the historic TWA Sunken Lounge reopens on May 15 at JFK. Mid-layover refreshments, anyone? And over in the West Village, restaurateurs Rita Sodi and Jody Williams will—at long last—add Bar Pisellino to their roster of charming neighborhood spots just in time for sipping a summery aperitif in the sunshine. —GO