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This past evening, I went to an event at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan on the Upper West Side. The sprawling space is full of interactive activities and exhibits geared towards newborns all the way to 10-year-old children—think corridors of wooden puzzle games, to teach kids how to apply spatial logic and explore vertical symmetry; and large pictures mounted on the walls with hidden images for them to find.

My ideal way to spend a summer day: walking on the beach at Coney Island, riding the Cyclone roller coaster and then heading to MCU Park to see the New York Mets’ farm team, the Brooklyn Cyclones, play a game of minor league baseball.

Usually when I get my hair cut, I pick the cheapest option I can find and end up hating the cut after. Recently, when I realized I needed to chop off a few inches for the warmer months, I decided to splurge a little and found a Groupon deal for Blondi’s Hair Salon instead.

I recently went to the Whitney Museum of American Art on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. I always wanted to go to the museum and after I recently learned that Hopper Drawing—the first major museum exhibition to focus on the drawings and creative process of Edward Hopper—was on display, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to check it out.

Recently I traveled to Chelsea to check out Loehmann’s, a department store where savvy shoppers can save big bucks on designer finds. At the time, the store was gearing up to debut its brand new look. The famed off-pricer has flip-flopped the first and second floors, putting fashion at the front door.

A host of craft demonstrations, plus more than 35,000 one-of-a-kind uniquely designed original creations will be on display at The 37th Annual American Crafts Festival at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

After seven years of living in this metropolis, I am still surprised by the sheer amount of creativity bar and restaurant owners put into their establishments—from high-tech gadgetry, like menus on iPads, to booze served in teacups and era-themed watering holes.

This weekend, hop over the East River to Randall’s Island for The Governor’s Ball Music Festival. Enjoy performances by a variety of acts—rapper Kanye West, legendary rock band Guns N’ Roses and Southern alternative group Kings of Leon are each set to headline a day of the three-day festival—and food from local restaurants and food trucks.

If you’re a fan of celebrities—or just want to escape the heat in the cool air conditioning of a tour bus—check out TMZ Tour NYC. This two-hour bus tour takes you through popular celebrity haunts in the Meatpacking District, TriBeCa and other Manhattan neighborhoods.

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