Museum Mile Festival | June 3, 2008

by NYJ Team

Museum Mile is an annual one-day festival that has been described as “New York’s biggest block party”. This is the day that New Yorkers and visitors alike converge on Fifth Avenue from 82nd to 105th Street and gain free entry into nine of the city’s top museums and cultural centers. The traffic-free area also hosts street shows, live bands and activities for kids, making it one of the most exciting happenings in New York’s calendar. 

This year’s 30th Museum Mile Festival take place on Tuesday June 3rd at Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, with an opening ceremony at 5.45 pm. Visitors are then free to spend the rest of the evening visiting the other eight museums, that comprise: El Musio del Barrio, that celebrates the diversity of Caribbean and Latin American art and culture; the Museum of the City of New York, that explores the past, present and future of the Big Apple; the Jewish Museum, devoted to the scope and diversity of 4000 years of Jewish art and culture; the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, that promotes the fine arts in America through instruction and exhibition; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, that houses one of the worlds finest collection of modern art; the Neue Galerie New York, a center devoted to German and Austrian art; the Goethe Institut/German Cultural Center, which supports cultural events that present German culture and, finally; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, celebrating 5000 years of art. 

The Museum Mile Festival runs from 6pm until 9pm on the day, and will take place irrespective of the weather. Visitors should expect waiting lines – over 50,000 people attend the festival each year – however, these move fast and there is enough space for everyone to see the cultural wonders of New York during the festival.

Click for the official site of the Museum Mile Festival.

Things to do in June in NYC

by NYJ Team

The warm weather in June that usually precedes the humidity of a New York City summer makes this the perfect month to discover the many wonders of the Big Apple. There are a wide number of attractions during this month, including festivals, walking tours and parades.

Culture buffs will adore New York City in June. The annual Museum Mile Festival allows visitors free admission into nine of the city’s top museums situated on Fifth Avenue, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Jewish Museum. Family-oriented activities are also part of the festivities.  

Cultural events also go outdoors during the magical June evenings at a number of New York’s parks. The annual Met in the Parks offers performances of two different operas at various city parks in five New York boroughs. The free Shakespeare in the Park festival is also a much sought-after event and brings the genius of the Bard to theater lovers in New York each year. 

Beginning in June (and running throughout the summer months), select movies are shown on a huge screen in Bryant Park each Monday night at dusk, and prove to be a great social event for movie fans of all ages. 

For culinary lovers, nothing quite beats the chance to taste the wares of some of New York’s top restaurants at reasonable prices during Restaurant Week. Held twice a year (in January and June), New York’s Restaurant Week presents diners with the opportunity to taste cordon-bleu three-course lunches for around $25! 

June is the month that New York hosts the annual Pride Week, where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride events dominate the city’s social calendar, to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Inn riots.  

Other entertainment options include sporting events such as the Belmont Stakes horseracing happening and baseball season, parades such as the Puerto Rican Day parade and the Mermaid Parade, and other musical selections such as the JVC Jazz Festival. And of course, let us not forget Father’s Day!

For more information, browse through our directory of New York City attractions.

New York City in June

by NYJ Team

Visiting New York in June is a must for those who like a taste of everything. The weather isn’t too hot and although the city is bustling yet it’s not unpleasantly full with the summer rush of tourists.

Average highs and lows of 79F (26C) and 64F (18C) still means the occasional sweater and umbrella use is necessary, but with outdoor season starting in New York, the colder days are few and far between.

The numerous outdoor music and film festivals which include the Bryant Park Film Festival, JVC Jazz Festival and Shakespeare in the Park should give travellers a great taste of New York’s cultural scene. Most of these festivals are also free. It is advisable to pack a picnic basket and a blanket to make the festivals just that much more comfortable.

June also welcomes Restaurant Week back, where New York’s top eateries offer 5 star meals at discount prices. There is also the Annual Lesbian and Gay Pride Week and the Puerto Rican Day Parade to look out for – entertainment in true cosmopolitan New York style. June in New York is definitely a time for the outdoors and cultural experiences.