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5 Unmissable Adventures to Squeeze into Manhattan’s Last Days of Summer  

The clock is ticking on summer, but don’t let that stop you from making the most of the remaining days in the urban playground of Manhattan during your Nice Stay. With a whirlwind of activities to experience before the fall breeze sets in, we’ve handpicked five extraordinary adventures that promise to infuse your summer with unforgettable moments. From hidden gems to offbeat explorations, here’s your guide to savoring the last drops of summer magic in Manhattan.  

1. Secret Garden Dining  

While Manhattan is known for its bustling streets, there are hidden pockets of tranquility awaiting your discovery. Seek out the enchanting secret gardens tucked away within the city’s historic brownstone neighborhoods. Enjoy a sumptuous outdoor meal surrounded by lush greenery and a charming ambience. Unique hidden spots like “The Garden at St. Luke in the Fields” in the West Village offer a perfect picnic spot, while Jones Wood Foundry offers pub grub in a brick-enclosed outdoor garden.  

2. Flea Market Adventures  

Step into a world of vintage treasures, unique finds, and interactive experiences at Manhattan’s eclectic flea markets. Unearth a trove of antiques, art, clothing, and more at markets like the Upper West’s “Grand Bazaar NYC” where visitors can enjoy year-round shopping. The “Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market” on 116th offers colorful goods from a range of African nations including fabric, jewelry, home goods, clothing, and more.  

3. Gallery Crawl in Chelsea  

Act like an art-scene local and immerse yourself in Manhattan’s thriving art scene with a gallery crawl through the Chelsea neighborhood. Typically, Thursday nights are go-time in Chelsea with a wide range of galleries opening their doors (sometimes even with free wine and apps) to discover thought-provoking exhibits, interact with artists, and maybe even find that perfect piece to take home as a memento of your summer adventure.  

4. Get Your Tennis Motivation  

September in Queens means the world comes to Flushing, NY via the 7 line and LIRR.  Every year, the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center comes alive with the intensity and excitement of one of the most prestigious Grand Slam tournaments in the world. For those looking to refine their game, local businesses like Yorkville Tennis Club on the Upper East Side and Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club offer options for personal coaching lessons, free play, and more.  

5. Indulge in Fashion Week  

If you’re a fashion enthusiast, September is the time for New York Fashion Week. While some events are exclusive, you can still soak in the stylish atmosphere around the city. What better excuse for boutique shopping or a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s fashion institute exhibit? Their current exhibit “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” is open til early September.