Summer in New York City can be a joy or a disaster! Depending on heat, humidity and all other factors combined, New York City is still a city worth seeing and visiting in the summer! Regardless of weather, this writer always has on comfortable shoes, lightweight clothing, sunglasses, an umbrella and most importantly, water...the bigger the bottle and colder, the better. Step inside stores for a quick heat break or grab an iced coffee or soda and rest a bit. The heat reflecting off the buildings and streets can make the temperature 5 to 10 degrees warmer! So take it easy and relax. Subways are air-conditioned in New York City! Take them or walk on the shady side of the street! Get out early and take it easy during the hot afternoons. Check out the Yoko Ono exhibit at MOMA. With a variety of her artworks on display, there is something for everyone. From artist's books, performance to collaborations with John Cage and even some interactive performative pieces, it's a great span of her life and works. Another fun exhibit at MOMA is the Gilbert and George exhibit showcasing their start and work throughout their careers. Included are interviews, installation and performance work. Also, check out the Jacob Lawrence panels of "The Great Migration", the movement of blacks from the South to the industrialized North between 1910-1970 at MOMA. Great stuff! Another great afternoon can be spent at The Met, the new Whitney downtown in Chelsea or the Guggenheim. All have exhibits for the summer that can be enjoyed on a hot summer afternoon. If in Chelsea, the galleries are winding down their exhibit schedule so they may only be open during the week or by appointment. Check their website for times and exhibits...but the Pace Gallery has Lucas Samaras and the Paul Kasmin Gallery has a curated exhibit on the word and the book. Of course, the High Line is always fun and great to be on and seen on during the day or early evening hours. Another great way to spend time in the city is checking out some great Broadway shows. Our favorites for this summer include "An American in Paris" and "Finding Neverland". Both have ticket availability for matinees and evening performances. Sitting in a sidewalk cafe, or strolling or sitting in Central Park is another favorite summer past time of ours. It's never boring and it's always free! So, go ahead grab your most comfortable shoes, your sunglasses, hat and water bottle and get some culture! New York City is at its finest and truly is hot, hot, hot!
Maryann J. Riker, owner of JUSTARIP Press is a mixed-media artist who delights in designing and creating artist's books and creating collaborative book art projects as well as viewing other book artists' work. She definitely enjoys the process!