Summer in the City


Discovering Hidden Treasures: Works by Brooklyn's Young Writers
by Brooklyn Teen Writers
In this e-book anthology, discover some of the best poetry and prose writing by some of Brooklyn's teens who entered BPL's 2013 Teen Writing contest.
Broadway Lights
by Jen Calonita
Hollywood teen starlet Katilin Burke moves to New York for the summer to appear in a Broadway show, all the while worrying about her boyfriend back in Los Angeles, her handsome new co-star, and the offstage drama going on around her.

Summer Vol. 2
by Mark Crilley
Since Miki Yoshida gained Hiro Sakurai's confidence, she is resolved to keep his trust as he reveals more about his secret mission.

Blood fever : a James Bond adventure
by Charlie Higson
During a summer holiday in Italy, the teen-age James Bond tangles with an underground empire of criminals as he attempts the rescue of a kidnapped young girl.

Harlem Summer
by Walter Dean Myers
In 1920s Harlem, sixteen-year-old Mark Purvis, an aspiring jazz saxophonist, gets a summer job as an errand boy for the publishers of the groundbreaking African American magazine, "The Crisis," but soon finds himself on the enemy list of mobster Dutch Shultz.
The Summer of No Regrets
by Katherine Grace Bond
Birgitta's best friend is convinced that Brigitta's new crush, Luke, is actually egotistical teen heartthrob Trent Yves, hiding from his fans in their tiny town, but as the two spend the summer together raising orphaned cougar cubs, Brigitta still cannot be sure of his true identity.
Rules of Summer
by Joanna Philbin
Spending the summer working as an errand girl for the Rule family in the Hamptons, seventeen-year-old Rory befriends the family's teenaged daughter and develops feelings for their older son, but she finds that societal rules can be hard to break.


NYC Summer Reading 2013
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Teen Ink
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Free Summer Meals
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers free summer meals to kids The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers free summer meals to kids and teens up to 18 years old across New York City.

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Free Concerts
Met Opera Summer Recital Series
Jul. 16-Aug. 1 - Experience the music of The Metropolitan Opera for free in City parks. The series features shows in all five boroughs.

Trampled by Turtles at Prospect Park Bandshell
July 26. Bluegrass is back, and the Minnesotans in Trampled by Turtles bring an indie-rock energy. For more info, visit

Shaggy at Prospect Park Bandshell
Aug. 9. For more info, visit

Afro-Punk Festival at Commodore Barry Park
Aug. 24-25. The free annual festival, which has in the past featured the likes of Erykah Badu, Gym Class Heroes, Spank Rock, Reggie Watts, among others. For more info, visit

Some Recreational Parks Around NYC

Maloof Skate Plaza
Skateboarders in particular will also enjoy this venue that was built in 2010 to host the Maloof Money Cup pro-am skateboarding competition and is now permanent and open to the public.

Free Movies
Watch movies like The Hunger Games during Coney Island's Flicks on the Beach events or enjoy other movies at HBO's Bryant Park Summer Film Festival throughout the summer. For a fulllist of movies and dates visit

Free Museums
Check out different cultures and experiences at a variety of free museums, including those listed below:

Brooklyn Flea
Spend the nice weather outside rifling through tables and tables of cool art, furniture, vintage clothing and more.