July 3, 2021 | Stefanie DiMartino

By: Stefanie DiMartino

Things sure are heating up this summer! We’re already in July, summer is in full swing, and have you heard? NYC is back! If you’re looking for all the best things to do, the best art exhibits, and the best in dining, then look no further. These are my top picks of the best things to do in NYC July 5-11.

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The Top 7 Best Things to do in NYC July 5-11



Fridays, 4pm-8pm & Saturdays/Sundays, 12pm-8pm | $20

TWA Hotel, JFK Airport, One Idlewild Drive, New York, New York 11430

Have some fun in the sun at TWA Hotel’s outdoor skating Runway Rink Roll-A-Rama! Weather permitting, you can let loose and be transported back in time. 

“We welcome roller skaters to take a spin on the tarmac around the hotel’s 1958 Lockheed Constellation “Connie” airplane. It’s a wheel-y good time!” – Roll-A-Rama/TWA Hotel

Skate sessions are 50 minutes long and cost $20 per adult and $16 per child under 12. Skate rentals are included, but you can bring your own!


* Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis and cannot be purchased in advance. 

  • Tickets can only be purchased with a credit card.  
  • Skates are disinfected after each use.
  • Socks are required.
  • Masks are required for unvaccinated individuals 
NYC Roller Rink
Photo Courtesy: TWA Hotel


Every day | 6am – 1am | FREE!

Pier 55 at Hudson River Park Hudson River Greenway, New York, NY 10014

A visit to Little Island Park is the perfect NYC activity! There’s something for everyone of all ages. 

“Little Island is a public park that provides a one-of-a-kind relationship between nature and art—a break from urban life and a connection to spontaneity and joy.” – Little Island

Truly, a unique and one-of-a-kind park, it is definitely worth a visit!

Note: If visiting after 12pm, reservations are required for entry.


Now – August 18, 2021 | $31+

Monday-Thursday: 11am-8pm; Fri & Sat: 10:30am-9pm, Sun: 10:30am-8pm 

32 Mercer Street, New York, NY 10013

The Happy-Go-Lucky, HGL, exhibit in NYC is other-worldly! Take in various themed rooms – 8 to be exact – and immerse yourself in a fantastic, unforgettable, multi-sensory art environment! The exhibit is highly interactive and inspires people to radiate happiness, confidence and positive energy from the inside out.

Photo: Happy-Go-Lucky Exhibit


Saturdays, Sundays, Custom day/time | $57+ 

Tourism is finally picking up again in NYC! And, there’s no time like the present to book a SarahFunky NYC tour. You have quite a few tour options! You can book a custom designed private tour to fit your own personal interests with Sarah, Luis, Gary, or Marcus! Or, you can get the best of both worlds with food and sightseeing and join a newly redesigned food tour to include four epic spots and behind the scenes experiences and book a Best of New York Food Tour with Luis. Or, join A Secrets of New York Tour and visit hidden locations in lower Manhattan and learn secrets most New Yorkers don’t even know! They are all NYC experts and enjoy showing others around the city they love. Certainly, you do not want to miss any of these one-of-a-kind experiences!

And now, you can also get expert help with planning your dream NYC vacation with FunkyTours Concierge! You can make your NYC trip and experience more special with custom-designed vacation plans that fit your budget and your unique interests.



Now – September 5th | Thursday – Sunday, 11am-5pm | $12+

Neue Galerie New York, 1048 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028

Highlights from the museum’s extensive collection of Austrian art from the period 1890 to 1940 are on view, including major works by Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, Alfred Kubin, and Egon Schiele. 


Now – January 22, 2022 | 

The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

Calling all car lovers! The newest exhibition at the MoMA is Automania. This exhibit features everything about cars – actual cars, car parts, models, pictures, paintings, and more! It’s sure to be an interesting exhibit, especially for car enthusiasts, so be sure to check it out! 

Photo by Jalmar Tõnsau from Pexels



50 West 57th St, New York, NY 10019 | 422 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10017 | 22 West 23rd St, New York, NY 10010 | 

Mangia has a crafted menu of artisanal Italian fare, with 3 different locations for you to choose from in NYC! Each one is beautifully decorated with bright, stunning flower displays, perfect for capturing Instagram-worthy photos! Mangia offers fresh, farm-to-table ingredients, setting it apart from other eateries. Weekdays it’s the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Offering all day breakfast, a fresh juice bar, salad bowls, pizza, sandwiches, pastas, and desserts, there’s something for all taste buds.  

Mangia NYC
Photo: Mangia NYC

In conclusion, these are the top 7 best things to do in NYC July 5-11. Have fun and most importantly, stay safe!

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