What to do this summer in New York City

by Guest Blogger

The Big Apple is bursting with events this summer full of chances to watch, learn or participate in everything from making macaroons to powering down hot dog s. Grab a cheap hotel in New York close to the action to avoid taxi fares or parking hassles – and you won’t have to delegate a designated driver!

Classes
Sign up for classes being held through June 28 to add a new delicacy to your culinary skills at the French Macaron Workshop held at 6 Clinton Street in Knickerbocker. Settle in with complementary drinks and let expert pastry chefs not only show you how to whip up this almond-based delight, they let you climb right in and try it for yourself, so dress appropriately — it can get messy!

Dance
From May 30-June 10 the Gotham Dance Festival will present five programs at the Joyce Theater at 175 Eighth Avenue in New York. Cutting edge choreographers will present performances that range from classical ballet to edgy contemporary productions celebrating topics that range from women in dance to the reconstruction of NYC after 911. Tickets range from $10 to $39.

Fashion
From May 10 – August 19, the Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts the Costume Institute’s new exhibition appropriately called Shaiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations. Featuring a fictional conversation between Italian designers Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, this video exhibit will highlight their unique approach to similar fashions taken by these two designers separated by time

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Festival
The Northside Festival in Brooklyn attracts quality independent musicians and filmmakers to show off their talent on June 14-21. This year’s festival will include a showing of the film Take This Waltz and the musical guests Questlove and Screaming Females.

Fireworks
Celebrate the Fourth of July event along the Hudson River with the Macy’s Department Store Fireworks Extravaganza between West 24th and West 50th streets. Get ready to ooh and ah at as over 400,000 shells are launched from six floating barges.

Food
After qualifying contestants from festivals, ballparks and fairs around the country, Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest will once again take place on the nation’s birthday at One Jericho Plaza. Up to 40,000 hyped up fans appear each year to cheer on the contestants in one of the top rated shows on ESPN.

Maze
Starting June 8th, the New York Aquarium at 602 Surf Avenue you can immerse yourself in an interactive 1500sf water maze! The exhibit highlights NYC’s efforts to clean up and protect their waterways.

Music
Rockefeller Park will host Philip Glass Ensemble: A Retrospective, a free concert on June 20th at 7:00 PM in honor of the composer’s 75th birthday. Featuring the youth ensemble Face the Music, the show will celebrate this popular modern composer’s amazing body of work.

Theater
By popular demand, the show the Amazing Max and The Box of Incredible Things will be held over through the summer at the off-Broadway MMAC Theater at 248 W. 60th Street. This family-friendly show is a delight for all ages, offering comedy, juggling and jaw-dropping magical feats that leave audiences wanting more and more.

Sport
The debut of the Greenwich Village Country Club on Bowlmor Lane will be the focus of the 28th Annual Ultimate Summertime Party on July 26, 2012. This year, the proceeds from the party will benefit the Southern New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Save your budget so you can splurge on the summer 2012 events by checking with the budget travel experts at Hostelbookers.com to see some classy, yet inexpensive, New York City hotels complete with picture, reviews and Google maps.

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