Summer in Manhattan

Summer in Manhattan – and indeed throughout New York – can be so much fun. And especially now, following the coronavirus pandemic with stay-at-home orders and entertainment industries all but completely shut down, people need to have a great summer in New York City.

In fact, it’s almost like the late writer Dorothy Parker had just come out of the pandemic herself when she said in the 19th century: “London is satisfied, Paris is resigned, but New York is always hopeful. Always it believes that something good is about to come off, and it must hurry to meet it.” And if there’s even been more of an apt time for hope then it’s now.

Which is why it’s so wonderful to see that there is excitement in Lower Manhattan with the changes being made to the waterfront areas.  The Bungalow is a new outdoor area offering food, entertainment and more.  While it acts as one of the city’s best ice skating rinks in winter, in the summer from now it will become a beachy oasis, inspired by Montauk retreats.

Brookfield Properties’ Senior Marketing VP, Sara Fay explained:

“We created The Bungalow to serve as a retreat for those seeking a public space in the city to relax and enjoy being around one another after so much time apart. The concept was inspired by the atmosphere of a summer day in Montauk, spent under the sun with a refreshing cocktail and delicious food. The Bungalow celebrates life in the city and creates a welcoming and fun experience for office workers returning to Lower Manhattan, tourists exploring the waterfront and everyday New Yorkers seeking out a new adventure.”

In related news, Summer Streets will be returning to NYC next month.  The event has been taking place for 13 years (apart from last year when it had to cancel due to coronavirus restrictions). All the fun activities (in Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, Park Avenue, Lafayette Street, Center streets) will be free for New Yorkers and appropriate for all ages and abilities.

The event runs from Central Park to the Brooklyn Bridge, along Park Avenue and Lafayette and Center streets. The fun begins Saturday, Aug. 7 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will also be held the following Saturday. The activities for the 2021 event have yet to be announced, but all will be free for New Yorkers and “designed for people of all ages and ability levels to share the streets respectfully.”

In years past, Summer Streets activities have included mini golf, an obstacle course and even a zip line.

Host a Movie Night Featuring Some of Director Peter Farrelly’s Films

Now that things are starting to get back to normal in the New York area, optimism for entertainment is ripe.  People are approaching the long summer months with far more joy than they did in both 2019 and 2020.  The time has thus arrived for some good old-fashioned fun.

For those who are still reluctant to leave their homes though, they could host a movie night.  As director Peter Farrelly gets ready to start on his new movie, ‘The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A Memoir of Friendship Loyalty and War,’ it’s time to take a look at his previous box office hits.

One of the more popular movies from director Peter Farrelly was produced in 2018.  Garnering a box office domestic gross of $85 million, ‘The Green Book’ was classed as 8.2 (out of 10) from IMDB and a 78% positive feedback from RT Tomatometer.  Featuring Maharshala Ali, Linda Cardellini and Viggo Mortensen, it was recently featured on ‘The 7 Best New Movies to Watch HBO Max in May 2021.’

Another classic from director Peter Farrelly that will certainly be a crowd pleaser is the 1994 movie ‘Dumb and Dumber.’  The movie – which has become somewhat of a household name over the last two+ decades – is often referred to in conversations and has even been the subject of a new book ‘Dumb and Dumber: How Cuomo and de Blasio Ruined New York.’

Whatever movies you choose to show from director Peter Farrelly’s selection, you probably won’t be disappointed.  Just use the opportunity to start hanging out with friends again.