New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks

by NYJ Team

What could be a more perfect way to spend your summer evenings than sitting on a blanket in one of New York’s beautiful parks, sharing a picnic with your family and friends under bright starry skies, while in the background one of the greatest philharmonic bands in the world serenades you with some of the most beautiful music ever written. If this is what your dreams are made of, don’t miss out on one of the highlights of New York’s summer calendar – the New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Park series.

For 43 years, New York City’s musical pride and joy has been offering locals and visitors alike a reason to stay in the city over the summer months. The audience – from the uninitiated to die-hard classical music lovers – experiences lovely music at a convenient location and, unbelievably, all for free! This year’s series of concerts will kick off on July 9th in New Jersey. The following night at 8pm., the first New York concert will be held in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. The conductor Ludovic Marlot will lead the Philharmonic in a number of recitals, including Mendelssohn’s ??Violin Concerto’ and works by Tschaikovsky and Berlioz.

Throughout the summer, visitors can catch a number of wonderful concerts in parks scattered around the city, including Manhattan’s Central Park, Cunningham Park in Queens and the Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island. Concerts will also be held in the Bronx and Long Island.

The audience is advised to bring food and drinks (low key alcohol is generally tolerated), as well as candles, appropriate clothing and blankets to sit on. All concerts will end with a delightful display of fireworks. What better way to wrap up a magical, musical (and we’ll say it again – free!) evening!

Click for the official site of the New York Philharmonic.

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular

by NYJ Team

If you thought that you’ve seen it all when it comes to fireworks displays, you haven’t yet experienced what Macy’s has to offer you. Using up to 55 times more fireworks than the average fireworks display in the United States, the New York department store, Macy’s, has continued to bring joy and celebration to the city with its exceptional fireworks display every Independence Day for the past thirty years. The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular is one good reason to visit the city during the summer months and see how New Yorkers know how to celebrate!

During the glorious computer-controlled display, nearly 1000 shells are burst every minute, timed to explode to the beat of patriotic music, while 63,000 feet of pipe are used to launch the 30,000 shells from all around the world used during the display. Macy’s presents spectators with one of the most incredibly intricate, well-planned and synchronized shows in the world. The New York Pops provides the riveting background music in a piece that was created to celebrate the diversity of New York’s culture.

The fireworks show is launched from the store’s traditional East River firing location between 23rd and 42nd Street. This year, the show will be extended to South Street Seaport and Brooklyn Bridge. Visitors and locals who wish to find a good spot to watch this spectacle can try any point in Manhattan, Brooklyn or the Queens area that has unobstructed views of the skyline above the East River. Watercraft is also traditionally used to watch the show.

This year’s show promises to be more magical than ever before. A celebration of songs by Stephen Foster and a pirate battle scene made up of fireworks are just some of the exciting features that viewers have to look forward to in during the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular.

Click for Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks official page.

July in New York City

by NYJ Team

Although many people tend to avoid New York City in July because of the heat and for the infamous fact that it is the wettest month of the year, there are actually many good reasons to make it your destination for the summer. As long as you know what to expect and what to take along, New York City in July can be a pleasant surprise.

Firstly, remember that average highs are 29 degrees (85 C) and average lows dip to 21 degrees (70 F). Also, visitors should expect rain. With these facts in mind, you should pack for your visit accordingly. Lightweight cotton clothing, comfortable, closed walking shoes and an umbrella are definite essentials. You might also want to pack a light sweater to keep you warm in stores and museums where the air-conditioning might be turned on too high for your liking. Remember to drink a lot more water than you usually do, as you don’t want to dehydrate!

One of the reasons that people visit New York in July is because there is so much to do and see, and many of the events are absolutely free. Check out the schedules for the many outdoor festivals and concerts in the park such as the ??Met Opera in the Park’ and ??Shakespeare in the Park’. Don’t forget to pack a picnic blanket to make yourself comfortable on the grass while you watch. The 4th of July is a great day to be in New York and enjoy the festivities, including the traditional Macy’s Fireworks Display. July is also a good month to get in some walking tours in the city such as the Greenwich Village Food and Culture Tour.

To get in a different city experience this summer, head to the Big Apple this July and feel like a true local! New York Journey features lots of interesting articles and information along with several hotel reviews.