A New York Escape from the Houston Heat


It’s a common conversation between Houston residents; discussing vacation destinations as a means of escaping the summer heat. Chronically dehydrated Houstonians, eager for the ability to step out of a building and avoid being instantly blinded by opaque humidity. To forget that soggy feeling of sweat collecting in every nook and cranny on a simple walk from your car into the grocery store.

New York has been on my domestic travel list for quite some time. I’ve visited many times as a child, but never as an adult. Most of those trips were to visit my grandmother in Long Island. They were filled with family time and occasionally a trip into the city, to the theater. Today, when I think of New York I first imagine a winterscape. Giant Christmas trees, ice skating rinks and snowy streets filled with bustling city dwellers, donning fabulous heavy coats, scarves and boots. While this is an adequate illustration for some of the year, New York also offers an enticing backdrop for some end of summer festivities.

I discovered a number of vacation-worthy events in reading a blog post from BusyBee Cleaning Service, a local New York City business. Though this article was written in 2015, the majority of events are still reoccurring annually.

Summerstage Festival takes place in Central Park with a wide variety of events all summer long. You can find numerous (free!) events scheduled from August 3rd, 2019 to September 24th, 2019.

image from Centralpark.com

Actually an entire month long, 2019 Harlem week runs from July 28th to August 24th. This year marks the 45th anniversary and is noted as one of the largest cultural events in the nation. Over 100 opportunities, many of them free, to celebrate the neighborhood’s rich African-American culture.

image from iloveny.com

A Brooklyn block party on the beach is more than a tongue twister! Sunday, August 25th, 2019 enjoy live music, a variety of food vendors, bargain shopping and lots of fun activities for children.

Every Saturday in July and August, MoMA hosts a wide range of musical guests inside the museum. Per MoMA’s website, “Warm Up seeks to elevate innovative and underrepresented voices: emerging and established, local and global, and across genres.”

image from moma.org

New York’s premier electronic music festival. “This year’s 10th annual New York edition, themed ‘The Big Ten’ will take place on August 31st - September 2nd at Randall’s Island Park.” You can purchase 1-3-day passes to see some of the biggest names in the electronic music scene.

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September 3rd-16th, 2019 score 2-for-1 tickets to an amazing Broadway show! Tickets go on sale starting August 14th. You can find more information on how to secure your seats here.

image from loving-newyork.com

Even more attractions included in BusyBee’s post, End of Summer Fun In NYC:

This year, my family and I will actually be taking a trip to one of the few places HOTTER than Houston in the summer, Florida. I hope those of you reading this find the opportunity for some relief by visiting New York before its dwellers will be looking for an escape from the blistering cold!

Thank you BusyBee, for reaching out to me and leading me to discover your article.