Summer isn’t over until you’ve been able to strike one item off of your bucket list. Luckily, you’re in the city that never sleeps and can get a few of these in while you’re staying just a weekend or a week. From watching a silver screen movie on a rooftop, to visiting a memorial that will stay in the hearts of Americans for centuries, all of these activities will leave an impression!
1. Rooftop Cinema Club
One of the most magnificent things about New York City is the skyscrapers. This beautiful city has some of the best architecture in the world. There’s simply no better way to experience it than to be on a rooftop. Sure, you can grab a drink and relax with friends, but wouldn’t it be neat to watch a movie on a rooftop?
— Rooftop Film Club (@rooftopfilmclub) August 14, 2016
Those at the Rooftop Cinema Club though so! Known as the “kings of outdoor cinema,” according to Time Out, this “club” is one you need to join, if only for one night! Movies are shown on rooftops across the city. Currently the two places they take place regularly at YOTEL, Manhattan and Bushwick, Brooklyn. Popular classics like Rocky, Roman Holiday, and Casablanca are shown. There are also newer movies shown that have received great ratings.
So, what does a night out with Rooftop Cinema Club look like? You’ll purchase tickets online for the movie of your choice. Included in your ticket is entrance to the movie, bubbles, and popcorn! Each ticket is $33 and can be purchased online. You’ll receive a set of individual wireless headphones to adjust the sound to your liking. At YOTEL you can order food from Green Fig, their urban eatery. In Brooklyn, there is no restaurant on the premises. You can bring your own alcohol as well as order food directly to the venue to enjoy.
— Rooftop Film Club (@rooftopfilmclub) August 13, 2016
2. Thunderbolt Roller Coaster On Coney Island
You know Coney Island is popular stop for tourists to ride the carousel and eat hot dogs. Did you know there is now a new roller coaster in the historic park? The Thunderbolt was opened in 2014 and has been welcomed greatly by New Yorkers. Along with the coasters like the Soaring Eagle and the Cyclone, this coaster is situated in Luna Park.
The Thunderbolt has many interesting facts about it. According to NYCEDC, “The massive steel parts were fabricated in Italy at Zamperla Company, the Italian amusement ride designer and manufacturer. The ride was later assembled on site at Coney Island.” This coaster is one of the longest and skinniest coasters in the world! It also reaches 55 miles per hour and has five inversions.
— Luna Park NYC (@LunaParkNYC) August 14, 2016
Phil, a rider, puts it like this, “This is awesome! A brand new roller coaster as you would find at Great Adventure and it does not disappoint. Full of high speed thrills, rolling hills, inverted loops, and really fast. The initial 90 degree ascent up the first hill to the starting point is crazy! You almost feel as if you are going to slip out of your seat! People were screaming from start to finish. I almost lost that Nathan’s hot dog I ate after the second loop!”
— La Loca (@ItsLaLoca) July 22, 2016
If you’d like to be brave and ride Thunderbolt, get tickets online or at Luna Park. To ride the coaster once you’ll pay $10. You can also invest in a platinum wristband for $70. This allows you to ride all rides unlimited for four hours.
3. 9/11 Memorial
Do you remember where you were on September 11th 2001? Chances are, you do. While in New York, you can visit the site of the World Trade Center towers. Whether you knew someone who passed away in the terrorist attacks or simply mourn with those who did, this is a special opportunity to pay your respects. The memorial is free of charge and is open every day from 7:30am until 9:00pm to the public. Designed by Michael Arad, the memorial is of a large green space filled with trees. In the center are two large square pools that are located where the two towers stood.
Popular things to see at the memorial include the Survivor Tree and the 9/11 Museum. The Survivor Tree is a Callery pear tree which was on site when the terrorist attacks occurred. Years later, the tree was returned to Ground Zero healthier and rehabilitated. It stands in the park now.
— 9/11 Memorial (@Sept11Memorial) August 10, 2016
The museum is dedicated to the events on September 11th 2001. This isn’t a free cultural institution but is a wonderful place to learn more about the unfortunate tragedy. If you’d like to locate a name on the memorial, you can do so by visiting the memorial website. This site has the pictures of victims and information about where their names are located.
— 9/11 Memorial (@Sept11Memorial) August 5, 2016
4. Attend The U.S. Open
If you have always wanted to go to the U.S. Open, you may be able to if you’re in New York from August 29th to September 11th this year. Held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in Flushings Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, this tennis tournament is the place to be! Players have not yet been announced and neither has a schedule. The schedule will be officially published on August 22nd.
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 10, 2016
Tickets can be purchased on the U.S. Open website. Tickets for the the US Open Day Session begin at $68 each and go up to about $800. Keep checking the organization’s social media and website for more updated information.