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NYC Summer Trip Ideas. Real and Virtual.

Jake Redman April 8, 2020

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Planning a trip right now is problematic (to say the least) and crowds and public places are best avoided. That said, if things begin to shape up to a point where you can hop a flight to NYC (our back yard), there are plenty of ways you can enjoy some low-key summer activities (at a safe distance, of course). If sheltering-in-place remains the norm, we’ve got some remote alternatives here too. In any case, you’ll have enough to get as much out of New York as you can, as it certainly has a lot to offer. Here are some suggestions along with the stay-at-home alternatives. 


It’s Ice Cream and Vintagewear Season!

The streets of New York have tons to offer, delicious food, stores, and surprises. Try the ice-cream at Ample Hills Creamery offering at least 24 flavors all made from Battenkill Valley Creamery. They have online stores as well, much as many of the eatery options in New York, for delivery.

Ample Hills Creamery Goodness

Looking for a new Summer look? There are also plenty of vintage clothes shops to discover that will be happy to see customers return. Plenty of New York
vintage stores will also have a digital showroom available for shopping at home.


Remember Team Sports?

New York has a growing number of outdoor swimming pools and other sporting facilities. Brooklyn Kickball League allows pretty much anyone to play as much as they like. It’s very fun and open to everyone. If not sit back and marvel at the alternative sports like axe throwing or stupid robot fighting on ESPN8 “The Ocho!” now available to view during this period of weirdness, which also provides oddly great entertainment.

Grade-school goodness returns with kickball!

In a socially distanced world you may be in search of a sport involving fewer participants like kayaking which can be found for free in New York. This is a breathtakingly beautiful way to see the city in the Summer. Alternatively, why not going on a camping trip to Governors Island? The island is totally car-free and boasts ten acres of park. Stargazing (or just hanging out) on the High Line is also a pretty romantic option…if that’s your kind of thing. A picnic or walk in one of the many green parks is also a nice way to enjoy a Summer’s day…Just keep your picnic blanket 6 feet from the next one.

Missing these high-line hangs.

Regular Art & MoMA…rt.

As of this post The Museum of Modern Art is closed while we work through the Covid 19 crisis, but this doesn’t mean it still doesn’t have a ton to offer. The museum offers interactive activities available like tracing and coloring with Louise Lawler. This artist offers a quirky and original interactive exhibition, where anyone can download her line drawings of other famous artworks to color.

During the Summer, there are the famous Warm Up parties, but if we’re still keeping  just short of a LeBron away from each other there are many online alternatives. United We Stream is a collaboration of many artists, mostly based in Berlin who are recreating an online scene for anyone missing a night out in the clubs. 

Music and Broadway

You can buy tickets for Broadways shows at astonishing discount prices for later in the year. Get your hands on dear evan hansen tickets and other shows at some of the best prices we’ve seen. If shows are still postponed you can enjoy online performances for now streamed daily from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, for example, showing one opera per day on the EST or the MET online. You certainly won’t miss out. 

“Normal” may have a new meaning as we emerge from this crisis but it’s hard to keep New York from being New York. America’s greatest city won’t sleep even if we can’t all walk around in it at the same time.


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Jake Redman

Jake Redman

Modhop Host & Founder Jake Redman brings years of global exploration and travel tips to the podcast and our videos at Modhop. Jake is also a Producer and Host for SiriusXM.

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