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And so begins US Open Tennis, in the beautiful city of Flushing, New York! The time has come that we all know everyone’s been waiting for. Yet, whether you’re sitting on the sidelines, intently studying the moves of each player, or lying on the grassy hills of Manhattan’s Central Park; New York has a little bit for everyone—and Arthur Ashe Stadium is only the first peak of fun! For all those who traveled far and wide, unsure of what New York really has in store, you’ve landed in just the right place for fun, food, laughter, and shows. We’ve got everything down, including all the best tickets, and want to share with you! Now, let’s take a look to see what New York has in store for you this week.
Tuesday, August 28
It’s 85 degrees today with only a 20% chance of rain, do you want to be indoors or outdoors? The choice is yours…
- First, check out the US Open Session 4 – Men’s/Women’s 1st Round starting at 7pm. Both No. 2 Novak Djokovic and No. 4 Serena Williams will be playing matches at Arthur Ashe this evening.
- Take the Metro 7 to Time Sq and 42nd; walk to 42nd and Port and take the downtown Metro A,C or E to Penn Station; and grab your tickets for American Idols Live at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ at 7pm.
- Take the Metro 7 from Flushing to Time Sq and 42nd, walk up to 5th and 5th Ave, find the Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall. Cool off with an Iced Vanilla Latte unlike anything you’ve ever tried at the Bouchon Bakery.
- Walk down 5th and 6th Avenue and get some shopping done! You’re going to need some new gear for the up and coming New York adventures!
- You must be starving! Grab a bite at the Gyro Cart on the South East corner of 40th and 7th, trust me you wont be disappointed!
- You already have your tickets for Book of Mormon right? It will be showing at the Eugene O’Neil Theatre on 49th between 7th and 8th Ave at 7pm.
- End the night in Time Square, for magical lights, music, laughter and company! Try the Cheesecake at Juniors Cheesecake on 44th and 7th Ave.
Wednesday, August 29
- Can’t miss Wednesday’s US Open Tennis Session 5 – Men’s 1st/Women’s 2nd Round at Arthur Ashe Stadium starting at 11am. Session 6 – Men’s/Women’s 2nd Round starts at 7pm. Visit the official US Open Tennis Web site to view the day’s schedule of play.
- The Blue Jays play the Yankees in the afternoon. Head over to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx to catch the game starting at 1:05pm. CC Sabathia (13-3) is scheduled to start for the Yankees, who lead the AL East.
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- At Yankee Stadium try: Brother Jimmy’s BBQ or Carl’s Steaks, with some Garlic Fries!
- Next, on to the Botanical Garden.
- Take the Metro 4 uptown towards Woodlawn and exit at Fordham Rd; take the bus towards Bay Plaza for three stops. Don’t forget that the Monet Tribute is only going on until October 21st, and The Botanical Garden is only open until 6pm!
Thursday, August 30
Missing the US Open Tennis already? Session 7 – Men’s/Women’s 2nd Round is served up at 11am, followed by the Session 8 – Men’s/Women’s 2nd Round night cap at 7pm.
Need an active outdoor day in the summer sun? Head out to Jones Beach.
Take the Metro 7 to Time Sq and 42nd – 6 stops; at 74 St and Broadway walk to Jackson Heights; take the Metro E towards Jamaica Center – 4 stops.
Take Train 18 towards Babylon – 4 stops; Bus N88 to Jones Beach – 5 stops.
What will it be? Maybe you need some time to think with mini golf, or fishing (don’t forget you need a permit). Beach volleyball? Who doesn’t love taking a bike ride on the Boardwalk? Whatever the case may be, Jones Beach is the perfect place to spend the day in the sun before the Jimmy Buffett concert! Buffett will be performing at 8pm.
Spend the day at the Brooklyn Bridge Park, featuring a viewers choice SYFY Movie Presentation (at Harbor View Lawn: Pier 1). The final movie of the summer selected by public vote shows at 6pm.
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Then, take a free trip on the Stanton Island Ferry: Off the State Ferry Metro 1. Open 24/7.
The breathtaking view of the New York skyline will truly be a memorable experience. Take a moment to just enjoy the view, think of nothing other than the moment you’re in–we don’t get many like it.
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Friday, August 31
You’ve had a long week, and I’m sure you’re exhausted! Well don’t worry, we still have a week of fun ahead, and you’ll have plenty of time to rest sooner or later (mostly later).
If you’re an early riser, Good Morning America GMA presents their Summer Concert Series, featuring the Backstreet Boys performing at Rumsey Playfield at 7am.
After GMA, head to Flushing to enjoy Friday’s US Open Tennis matches at Arthur Ashe. Session 9 – Men’s 2nd/Women’s 3rd Round starts at 11am; Session 10 – Men’s 2nd/Women’s 3rd Round at 7pm.
Not going to Flushing on Friday? Take the Metro 1 towards South Ferry – 3 stops: Say “hello” to Bryant Park!
Frank Owens – Pianist, Conductor, Composer, Musical Director, will be performing at the Upper Terrace from 12:30pm – 2:30pm.
Don’t forget about a trip to the Museum of Modern Art (or MOMA).
But first, you must be famished! Try the Halal Food Cart on 53rd and 6th Ave and then experience all that MOMA has to offer! Free admission from 4pm to 8pm every Friday. Be sure to pick up your free film tickets too! Not available in advance.
Saturday, September 1
Let’s get out of the city, shall we? Rock the Bells Music Festival, New Jersey: Next stop, 34th and Penn Station. Here you will find the NJ Transit: tickets are easily purchased from New York to New Jersey.
Rock the Bells Festival Features: Salt N Pepa, Big Sean, Bas, J Cole, Common, Wu Block, and Prodigy, at the PNC Bank Arts Center starting at 11am.
And guess who’s in town? None other than comedian, Louis CK
Head over to the Trump Taj Mahal – Mark G. Etess Arena (Atlantic City, NJ) for some laughs at 7pm or 10pm.
Those staying in the city will enjoy weekend US Open Tennis in Flushing, starting with Session 11 – Men’s/Women’s 3rd Round at 11am. In the evening, catch Session 12 – Men’s/Women’s 3rd Round at 7pm.
Now, head home after a fun-filled, enjoyable evening. Become nostalgic over all of the wonders New York has offered you. Breathe in the summer nights. Close your eyes, and dream of the adventures tomorrow holds. I promise, there will be many.