New York City in August

by NYJ Team

While many local New Yorkers try to avoid staying in the city during the month of August because of the heat, the Big Apple can be quite a fun place to be during the summer. True, August (not to mention July!) is usually hot and humid – with temperatures reaching average highs of 83°F and lows of 69°F.

A visit to New York in August calls for extra packing considerations. Visitors would be wise to take with closed (preferably water resistant) walking shoes, a light sweater (to keep warm in air-conditioned museums and other public places), as well as an umbrella and waterproof picnic blanket (for those wonderful free concerts in the park).

For visitors who want to see as much as they can of this exciting city during August but feel that walking tours in the heat are too much to handle, air-conditioned bus tours are a great way to see New York. As evening falls on the city, August is also a wonderful time to take in some free festivals, concerts and films in New York’s beautiful parks and other outdoor locations.

Exciting August events in the city include the Met Opera in the Parks event, the New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Park, the HBO Bryant Park Film Festival and – of course – baseball season!

Film Boot Camp

by NYJ Team

Are you hoping to break in to the film industry?  If so, you should come check out Oscar winner Larry Meistrich’s (Slingblade, New Jersey Drive) Film Boot Camp.  If you’re aspiring to work in film, this is a great way to learn, from someone who has done it all, the ins and outs of the business.  It is a direct, no-nonsense breakdown of the different areas of filmmaking.  From financing and scheduling, to writing, production, and post-production, all aspects are covered.  Larry’s lectures show the reality of filmmaking, along with giving personal stories to further elaborate. 

Anyone who has worked in film knows the difficulty of pitching your ideas.  That is where this boot camp excels; Larry provides the opportunity for everyone to pitch one of their ideas, and then provides ways he feels they could be improved.  It is a great way to practice pitching and to have an executive hear your ideas.  This is a rare opportunity that should be taken advantage of. 

For more information, go to  The New York Boot Camp will be on August 6-8 in New York City.  Student discount prices for tickets are available, along with film organization discounts.  If you have a great deal of experience or if you have little to no experience, all are welcome.  Anyone with a desire to know more about filmmaking should check this boot camp out.

New York City in July

by NYJ Team

It’s a hot time in New York City in July and there’s so many good reasons to make it your destination for the summer. As long as you know what to expect and what to take along, July in NYC can be a pleasant surprise.

Firstly, remember that average highs are 29 degrees and average lows dip to 21 degrees. 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 it’s summer vacation and 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 over the Hudson River which starts at about 9:20 pm. There will be over 40,000 fireworks exploding at a rate of more than 1,500 per minute. Incredible!! July is also a good month to get in some walking tours.

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.