As spring turns to summer on the June solstice, many New Yorkers will already be fleeing the city for nearby beaches. I am staying put because the weather is perfect for lingering outdoors in Inwood, the Manhattan neighborhood where I live. There are arts events where you can cool down indoors, parks with river views, and abundant al fresco dining options. In fact, you'll feel like you're escaping the city without ever leaving. Check out my roundup.
Immerse in uptown arts.
Popping up in June is Culture Hub, an events space focused on the visual arts, film, and theater produced by the nonprofit organization Inwood Art Works. The hub is open to the public all month in a former night club transformed into an arts venue. Events that look like fun are the Inwood Music Festival (June 9) and Paint n Sip (June 20).
In addition, the Uptown Arts Stroll includes open studios with local artists (June 9), a flamenco performance by Xianix Barrera in Inwood Hill Park (June 18), and Arts Strollstice, a day of music and dancing events (June 21).
Explore the gardens, parks, and marshes.
Watch a sunset from the Columbia University Boathouse and tune in to the Muscota Marsh Harmony (June 21). Have a picnic in Isham Park and admire its flowering gardens. Go to Fort Tryon Park and see the outdoor art exhibit, ARMORS, by Icelandic artist Steinunn Thorarinsdottir (through Sept. 13), and visit The Met Cloisters.
In addition, the Fort Tryon Park Trust offers free public programs such as walking tours, festivals, and fitness classes.
Dine al fresco.
Walk west on Dyckman Street in Inwood and you'll find one restaurant after another with outdoor seating. My favorite on this strip is MamaSushi, which serves Japanese sushi with Latin flair and appetizers like coconut-dusted shrimp with mango sauce (pictured above). Keep going on Dyckman to reach La Marina on the Hudson, an ideal restaurant for a meal with a view, or to attend a beach party (the next one is June 16). You’ll also find sidewalk seating at Guacamole Taqueria (for casual Mexican fare such as tacos) and Anchor Heights Osteria Italiana (for upscale Italian food). All are worthy options.