West of LI Adventures Worth Taking This Summer

Sure Long Island is a great place to be in the summer with its gorgeous beaches and lobster rolls galore. But, the city is also keeping things hot with several events worth hopping on the LIRR for. Take a break from the island and head west for these seven outer-borough and NYC summer adventures that won’t disappoint.

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MoMA PS1 Warm Up


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For decades, MoMA PS1 has been getting the party started in Long Island City. This year is no different when the 20th season of Warm Up kicks off. Every Saturday from July 1 to Sept. 2 (3-9pm), the museum’s courtyard will be buzzing with artists and DJs from all over the world, including Glasgow’s Jackmaster and Harlem’s ASAP Ferg. Advance tickets are $18 for nonmembers and $22 the day of any show. Phone: 718-784-2084 | Address: 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City Click to go

Central Park SummerStage

Take in the arts at this popular outdoor festival held every year at Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield. Rain or shine, big acts will hit the stage to serenade fans free of charge. This year, rockers can jam with All Time Low, R&B fans can sing along with Ginuwine and salsa lovers can move their feet to Andy Montañez music. The list and variety continues all summer long. Phone: 212-310-6600 | Address: 14 E 71st St, Manhattan Click to go

Jazz Age Lawn Party


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Step back in time at the Jazz Age Lawn Party, which is inspired by the Prohibition Era. Started as just a small gathering between friends in 2005, this event has grown into a New York City summer tradition. Wear your best 1920s attire and jump on the ferry to head to Governors Island on August 26-27. Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra will entertain partygoers who are encouraged to dance the night away. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Address: Make it to Governors Island by taking a ferry from either Battery Maritime Building located at 10 South Street in Manhattan or Pier 6 at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Columbia Street in Brooklyn Click to go

Rooftop Cinema Club


Rooftops are all the rage during summertime so what better place to watch a movie? Throughout the summer, OfficeOps in Brooklyn and YOTEL in Manhattan will showcase different movies including new hits like La La Land and classics like Breakfast at Tiffany’s. There’s also a bar in both locations for anyone who wants to sip while they watch. OfficeOps: Phone: 718-418-2509 | Address: 57 Thames St, Brooklyn — YOTEL: Phone: 646-449-7700 | Address: 570 10th Ave, Manhattan Click to go

Cruise the Hudson


Hop aboard Hudson’s, a floating restaurant reopened in early May for a summer experience to remember. Sip on cocktails and chow down while sailing through New York’s most iconic landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge for about two hours. Phone: 212-630-8840 | Address: Pier 81 at 12th Ave & W 41st St, Manhattan Click to go

Panorama NYC Music Festival

Summer isn’t complete without a music festival and Panorama makes that clear. From July 28-30, a talented lineup that includes Frank Ocean, Nine Inch Nails, Solange and Vance Joy will grace the stage at Randall’s Island Park. Buy one-day passes or attend all three days. Either way, you’re sure to dance up a sweat. Phone: 212-830-7722 | Address: 20 Randall’s Island Park, New York Click to go

US Open Tennis Championships


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End the summer on a high note at the annual US Open held in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park. Watch the biggest tennis stars from around the world compete from Aug. 28 to Sept. 10 while cooling off with an alcoholic beverage in hand. Attendees might even bump elbows with a celebrity or two. Phone: 718-760-6565 | Address: Grand Central Pkwy., Whitestone Exwy. bet. 111 St. and College Point Blvd., Park Drive E. Click to go

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Anna Halkidis is a senior web editor at Long Island Pulse. Feel free to reach out at anna@lipulse.com or on Twitter @annahalkidis.