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One of the best things about summer in New York is the wide range of free outdoor activities. Prospect Park Bandshell is host to Celebrate Brooklyn!, a concert series that includes plenty of free shows by well-known musical acts. This year a variety of musicians from different genres—like bluegrass band Trampled by Turtles, ballet company Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal and hip-hop artist Shaggy —are all scheduled to perform.

Last night, I took a trip to the Upper West Side to visit Palais des Thés, an intimate teashop teeming with 100 aromatic teas—from black and green varieties to oolongs and white teas. Once I entered the space, which is accented with mint green and pale blue hues, as well as large photographs of tea plantations and several canisters and boxes of tea displayed throughout, I was offered a cup of refreshing iced tea.

Looking to escape New York City for a day? Visit Governors Island, accessible by ferry from downtown Manhattan, any weekend this summer through September 29th. The island is home to grassy parks for picnics, plenty of events and festivals, historic tours and biking.

On Saturday night, I saw Pippin—the Broadway show that recently won the Tony Award for Best Musical Revival. The originally production enjoyed a long run on the Great White Way in the 1970s. The musical follows the tale of a young prince on his journey to find purpose in his life and maps out the obstacles he faces along the way.

Early this week I went to Metropolitan Fine Arts & Antiques in Manhattan’s bustling Midtown West neighborhood. I had never been to the store and was expecting a small space packed with a large concentration of one particular item. Lamps? Maybe vases? Oil paintings? I was eager to find out.

A visit to New York is not complete without a trip to the Statue of Liberty. Liberty Island and its national monument will reopen this year on July 4th, and you can book your tickets now through Statue Cruises. Be sure to specify whether or not you’d like a ticket that includes access to the statue’s pedestal or crown.

My first three years in New York City I spent living in Marble Hill—a small neighborhood located in the Bronx, right across the Hudson River from Manhattan’s northernmost neighborhood, Inwood. Similar to both Inwood and the other northern Manhattan neighborhood, Washington Heights, a large portion of Marble Hill’s residents are Dominican.

Take a cruise right here on New York City’s Hudson River with World Yacht, conveniently located on Pier 81 in Midtown Manhattan. The company’s four vessels carry you through the water for dinner cruises, private parties and events, like the upcoming Fireworks Cruise for July 4th.

On the first Wednesday of every month, art enthusiasts board the Bronx Culture Trolley and ride to various galleries and museums in the borough. This past month, I headed to Longwood Art Gallery at Hostos Community College, where a replica trolley car sat awaiting riders.

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