The Best Things to Do This Summer in Flatiron & NoMad

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May 22, 2024

The sun’s out and the weather’s warm so now’s the time to plan your must-dos for this summer here in Flatiron & NoMad! We’ve rounded up the best local experiences to add to your NYC summer bucket list. From enjoying your first butterbeer to visiting world class museums, explore these fun ideas to have a memorable summer.

INTERACTIVE experiences

Center for Book Arts, 28 West 27th Street, (212) 481-0295, @centerforbookarts
At Center for Book Arts participate in book-making workshops from bookbinding, letterpress printing, and book sculpture. Explore and sign up for current workshops here.

Escape Room Madness, 38 West 32nd Street, 5th Floor, (212) 239-8800, @escaperoommadness
Solve a mystery challenge in one of the six rooms at Escape Room Madness. Also, use this deal to take 30% off when reserving your tickets on weekdays between 12 pm to 5 pm.

The FRIENDS™ Experience, 130 East 23rd Street, @friendstheexperience
Visit the two-floor immersive space and explore the world of the show, FRIENDS™. After you check out all 18 rooms, stop by the Central Perk cafe for themed treats and coffee and grab a souvenir at their store.

Gramercy Theatre, 127 East 23rd Street, (212) 614-6932, @gramercytheatre
Ready for some live music? Check out upcoming performances for this summer at local Gramercy Theatre.

Harry Potter New York, 935 Broadway, @harrypotterny
Immerse yourself in the wizarding world at Harry Potter New York where you can create your own wand, sip on butterbeer, shop merch, and go on a Hogwarts VR adventure.

Il Fiorista, 17 West 26th Street, (646) 490-8240, @ilfiorstanyc
The flower-focused restaurant doubles as a floral education center. Workshops are regularly offered at the space from designing floral arrangements to making sourdough bread. Check out current workshops here.

Ikebana Flower New York, 1133 Broadway, Suite 230, (212) 255-9769, @ikebananewyork
Learn the art of making Japanese floral arrangements at Ikebana Flower New York with private lessons from Ikebana Master, Junko Miura.

The Jazz Gallery, 1158 Broadway, 5th Floor, @thejazzgallery
Hear live jazz at the nonprofit music venue for emerging artists. Explore their upcoming lineup with shows  each week on Wednesday through Saturday.

Ms. Kim’s Lounge & Private Karaoke, 6 West 28th Street, 2nd Floor, (646) 870-0128,
Gather your friends and family for a night of karaoke fun. Sing your favorite songs, enjoy tasty food, and drinks. Reserve your karaoke room here.

Portal NYC, Flatiron South Plaza, @flatironny
Visit Portal, the groundbreaking public technological art sculpture connecting to Dublin, Ireland in real-time on the Flatiron South Plaza.

Premier Indoor Golf, 1 East 28th Street 3rd floor, (646) 657-0174, @premierindoorgolf
Whether you’re a pro or looking for a fun experience, head to Premier Indoor Golf to practice your swing or play a full round. Book your indoor tee time here.

SPIN New York, 48 East 23rd Street, (212) 982-8802, @wearespin
Challenge a date, loved one, or small group of friends to a ping-pong competition. Reserve one of SPIN’s 19 tables, enjoy a couple of games, and try their food and drink menu.

Swingers Crazy Golf, 35 West 29th Street, (646) 661-3509, @swingersus
Visit Swingers Crazy Golf for a round of mini golf in a theatrical space unlike any other. While you’re there, enjoy tasty street food and craft cocktails in a themed lush 1920s English golf clubhouse. Book your tickets here.

Togei Kyoshitsu of New York, 5 West 30th Street, 3rd Floor, (212) 268-1711, @nytogei
Founded in 1994, the Japanese pottery studio offers classes in both hand building and wheel throwing. Sign-up for a One Day Class or Multiweek Classes.

soak up the sun in public spaces

Flatiron Public Plazas, 23rd Street, Fifth Avenue & Broadway, (212) 741-2323, @flatironny
Located at the iconic intersection of 23rd Street, Fifth Avenue, & Broadway, the Flatiron Public Plazas are great spots to enjoy some sunshine and take in the hustle and bustle of the neighborhood. While you’re there, grab a bite to eat at one of the kiosks on the plazas such as Flat Iron Plate or Eataly.

Madison Square Park Conservancy, 11 Madison Avenue, (212) 520-7600, @madsqparknyc
Have a picnic in Madison Square Park! Enjoy this 6.2 acre green space featuring several lawns, public art, a dog run, and a playground. You can also grab a burger and fries at the original Shake Shack.

NoMad Piazza, Broadway between 25th – 27th Streets, (212) 741-2323, @flatironny
Enjoy public seating on the NoMad Piazza, a car-free stretch of Broadway. The NoMad Piazza is also home to a variety of outdoor dining options.


Fotografiska, 281 Park Ave South, (212) 433-3686, @fotografiska.newyork
Explore the world-renowned photography museum Fotografiska. View current exhibitions: PEOPLE: Celebrating 50 Years, Daniel Arsham: Phases, and Futuristic Ancestry. Buy tickets here. Also, check out the museum gift shop and upcoming events.

Museum of Sex, 233 Fifth Avenue, (212) 689-6337, @museumofsex
Discover the evolution of sexuality at this museum and check out their lobby gift shop. View current exhibitions, including Superfunland: Journey Into the Erotic Carnival. Purchase tickets here.

National Museum of Mathematics, 225 Fifth Avenue, (212) 542-0566, @momath1
The Museum of National Mathematics (MoMath) offers multiple interactive exhibits and activities for kids and families to learn about the fun world of math. Purchase tickets here.

Pen + Brush, 29 East 22nd Street, (212) 475-3669, @penandbrushnyc
The 130-year-old not-for-profit showcases the work of female artists and writers with the ultimate goal of effecting change within the marketplace. View the current exhibition: The Now: Fever Dreams. Admission is free.

Poster House, 119 West 23rd Street, (917) 722-2439, @posterhousenyc
Celebrating the art of the poster, stop by to see current exhibitions: Wonder City of the World: New York City Travel Posters, The Anatomy of a Movie Poster: The Work of Dawn Baille, We Tried to Warn You! Environmental Crisis Posters, 1970-2020, and No Escape: The Legacy of Attica Lives! Browse their gift shop and enjoy their in-house coffee shop! Buy your tickets here.


A.R.T. NoMad, 11 East 31st Street, (212) 951-1141, @artnomadnyc
Take in panoramic views of NYC at the A.R.T. NoMad, including the Empire State Building. Enjoy dynamic cocktails, bites, and a lively atmosphere at this rooftop part of the Arlo NoMad hotel.

Broken Shaker, 23 Lexington Avenue, (212) 475-1920, @brokenshaker
A tropical rooftop oasis, Broken Shaker sits atop the Freehand Hotel and offers great views of the city, handcrafted cocktails, and small plates.

Everdene, 1227 Broadway, (212) 213-0090, @everdenenyc
Located at Virgin Hotels NYC, Everdene is a lively, expansive indoor-outdoor dining and cocktail venue with great views of the Empire State Building.

Glass Ceiling NoMad, 1204 Broadway, (646) 590-3724, @glassceilingnomad
Featuring a retractable glass ceiling atop the skyline, Glass Ceiling NoMad is a fashionable rooftop lounge offering cocktails, appetizers, and brunch on weekends.

Nubeluz, 25 West 28th Street, (332) 249-8151, @nubeluzbyjose
Located on the 50th Floor of the Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad resides Nubeluz featuring a stylish interior and modern takes on classic cocktails with sweeping 270 degree views of the skyline.

Penthouse on Park at Royalton Park Avenue, 420 Park Avenue South, 20th Floor, (332) 345-9232, @penthouseonpark
Visit Penthouse on Park within Royalton Park Avenue and enjoy views out of floor-to-ceiling windows and a wraparound terrace with a cocktail in hand. Also, book a day pass and take a dip in the pool.

The Pool Club at Virgin Hotels NYC, 1227 Broadway, 4th Floor, (212) 213-0090, @virginhotelsnyc
Cool down in the summer sun with a swim at The Pool Club at Virgin Hotels NYC. Book a day pass to enjoy a pool lounger or reserve a cabana with friends. While there, order flavorful bites and drinks.

Roof at Park South Hotel, 125 East 27th Street, (212) 204-5222, @roofatparksouth
Situated above Park South Hotel, the rooftop offers stunning skyline views with craft cocktails and flavorful bites.

230 FIFTH, 230 Fifth Avenue, (212) 725-4300, @230fifthrooftop
The penthouse bar and restaurant offers a rooftop garden featuring a lounge atmosphere. Enjoy specialty cocktails and entrees as you take in sweeping views of Manhattan.

Header & Thumbnail Photo Credit: Broken Shaker via Eater New York

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