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WDYG’s Summer Guide to New York

Jun 25, 2012 by miaj  | 

Last week 2 of our three winners, Lily (Change Sculpture) and Michael (Grocery Store tags), plus Michael’s wife Elizabeth, came to New York to celebrate their national design competition wins, and to join Where Do You Give? and over 90 guests (!) for Giving by Design: Celebrating New Tools for Inspired Philanthropy Wednesday evening at 92YTribeca (more to come on that later). They soaked up summer in the city, enjoying delicious vegan fare at Peacefood Cafe on the Upper West Side (an AJWS fave!), strolling through Central Park, and more!

Want to get an inside peak into what our winners did on their NY-vacation? Check out Where Do You Give?‘s (WDYG) Guide to New York below, and share with us inspiration you find for your summer!

WDYG’s Summer guide to New York


Bryant Park
Situated behind the New York Public Library is Bryant Park, a well-cultivated retreat that hosts a dizzying schedule of free entertainment during the summer, including the popular Monday night outdoor movies. In the winter, look for an ice skating rink and pop-up shops for the holidays. The park also boasts free wireless access.

The High Line
Opened in 2009, this highly anticipated outdoor park sits on the elevated infrastructure built on Manhattan’s West Side in the 1930s. Today, sumptuous gardens and outdoor sculpture adorn this magnificent walkway, which is also an excellent place to enjoy a view of the Hudson River.
Washington St at Gansevoort St, Meatpacking District. Take A, C, E lines to 14th St (Eighth Ave); L to Eighth Ave (14th St)
thehighline.org, Daily 7am–10pm

Brooklyn Botanic Garden 
This 52-acre park is home to the climate-controlled Steinhardt Conservatory (which houses plant life from three different temperate zones), as well as gardens devoted to fragrances and plants mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays. If you want some fauna to go with your flora, check out the ducks in the picturesque Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden. Youngsters can make a beeline for the Discovery Garden, frolic in the meadow, hike a nature trail or make friends with a giant faux spider.
990 Washington Ave at President St, Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Take 2, 3 lines to Eastern Pkwy–Brooklyn Museum; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Franklin Ave
bbg.org; Tue–Fri 8am–6pm; Sat, Sun 10am–6pm; $10

Other Fun Things

Metropolitan Museum of Art (free!): 1000 Fifth Ave at E 82nd St. Take 4, 5, 6 lines to 86th St

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA): 11 W 53rd St, (between Fifth and Sixth Aves). Take B, D, F, M lines to 47–50th Sts–Rockefeller Ctr or Take E and M lines to Fifth Ave–53rd St

Museum of Arts and Design: 2 Columbus Circle at Broadway. Take the A, C, B, D and 1 Lines to 59th St–Columbus Circle

Central Park:  Main Entrance at Central Park West and 79th St. (See directions above for Natual History Museum)
– Conservancy Garden: 5th Ave at E 82nd St. Take the 6 line to 103rd St. Take the A, C, J, Z, 1/2/3, 4/5 lines to Fulton St
– Central Park Zoo: Southeast corner of Central Park,, (enter at Fifth Ave at 64th St), Central Park. Take the N, R lines to Fifth Ave—59th St

American Museum of Natural History: Central Park West at W 79th St., Upper West Side. Take B and C lines to 81st St–Museum of Natural History or 1 Line to 79th St

Grand Central Terminal, Main Concourse: 42nd St to 44th St, (between Vanderbilt and Lexington Aves), Midtown East. Take the 4/5/, 7 or S lines to Grand Central

Museum of Jewish Heritage: 36 Battery Place at 1st St., Financial District. Take the 4/5 lines to Bowling Green or the 1 line to South Ferry

Rock Star Karaoke
This quintet (with three backup singers) pounds out sets twice a week. Stadium-rock staples by Creedence, Black Sabbath and—of course—Journey are all on the group’s playlist, but in keeping with the joint’s honky-tonk vibe, we suggest choosing the Stones’ “Dead Flowers” or Johnny Cash’s “Cocaine Blues.” Sign up from 9 to 9:30pm to avoid a wait of up to ten songs. While it’s totally free to belt out a tune, tips for the band are encouraged.
181 Lexington Ave at 31st St, Murray Hill. Take the 6 line to 33rd St (Park Ave South) brotherjimmys.com Mon–Thu 11:30am–midnight; Fri 11:30am–1am; Sat 11am–1am; Sun 11am–midnight
Battery Park, Staten Island Ferry and Elis Island: South St, (at Whitehall St), Battery Park. Take the 1 line downtown to South Ferry

South Street Seaport: 19 Fulton St, (at Front St), Financial District. Take the A, C, J, Z, 1/2/3, 4/5 lines to Fulton St

And since you have to eat….

Restaurants by Neighborhood

Upper West Side :
• Sol Y Sombra (Spanish, $30 and under)—462 Amsterdam Ave at 82nd St.
• Kefi (Greek, Avg. $14)—505 Columbus Ave. at 84th St.
• Sushi Yasaka ($30 and under)—251 W 72nd Street, (between Broadway and West End Ave)
• Rosa Mexicano (Mexican, avg. $20-30)—61 Columbus Ave at 62nd St.
• TJ O’Brian (Irish Pub, avg. $6 —461 Columbus Ave, (at 82nd St)
• Gray’s Papaya (Hot Dogs, Fast Food, Avg. $7)
• Magnolia Bakery (Bakery, Avg. $5)—200 Columbus Ave. at 69th St.
• Big Nick’s (Burgers and Pizza, Under $10)—2175 Broadway at 77th St.
• Celeste (Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian, Avg. $10-20)—502 Amsterdam Ave. between 84th and 85th
• Zabar’s (Deli, Sandwhiches, Café, Bakery, under $10)—2245 Broadway between 80th and 81st

• Ladino Kosher Spanish Tapas (Spanish, Kosher Meat, Avg. $16)—940 8th Avenue between 55th and 56th sts. Take N, Q, R lines to 57th St- 7th Ave. or A, B, C, D, and 1 lines to 59th St- Columbus Circle
• Prosperity Dumpling (Chinese, Avg $6)—46 Eldridge St
• Haru (Sushi, Avg. $35)—205 W 43rd St at 7th Ave.
• Carnegie Deli (Jewish Deli)—854 7th Ave. at 55th St.

Enjoy your summer!

Descriptions via TimeOut New York; Photo via littlewomanlittlehome


I'm Mia! I'm the Where Do You Give? Intern at AJWS for Summer 2012. I'm orginally from Northern New Jersey, and I'll be a senior at the University of Pittsburgh, where I'm studying Communication and Religious Studies with a minor in French. I love to cook, sing, travel, and try new foods!

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