• Diana Wollach

Bask in All the Outdoor Glory of NY, LA & SF

Climate change is real, and yeah, our bodies and closets are never really sure what to make of seasons anymore, but we think -- pauses to look around nervously -- it’s safe to say that summer is here. Knocks on wood.


Since June // July // August are prime months to take advantage of the outdoors, we’ve compiled a guide of some of our favorite open air spots in New York, LA & San Francisco. We raise our bubblies to you from our virtual rooftop and cheer to a summer full of great fun and ICBRKing connections!


New York


Stom King. Photo by hvmag.com

Storm King Art Center: Central Park is great, but if you have time to venture a little further North, we recommend Storm King’s incredible sculpture park. Take the train or rent a car in the morning and end with a casual afternoon tea or dinner in nearby Cornwall. Psst: if you miss it in the summer months, it’s arguably even more stunning in the Fall…


Warm Up at PS1: One of the most fun things you can do in New York in the summer, PS1’s Warm Up concert series is a must. The museum pairs heart-pumping live electronic music with staggering interactive art installations, and you can take a break from the intensity anytime by walking through the permanent galleries. This summer’s lineup includes Cashmere Cat, Omar-S and SOB x RBE.


Rooftops and barges in Brooklyn: There are so many rooftop bars we love in NYC, it’s hard to just pick one! We recommend starting your evening at Brooklyn’s Wythe Hotel rooftop bar for a sunset cocktail over the Manhattan skyline, grabbing some American pub fare and a beer at Brooklyn Barge and ending the night busting moves on The Roof of Output Williamsburg.


Honorable mentions: The MET Cloisters, SummerScreen, Hotel Hugo Rooftop Bar, Governors Island


Los Angeles


Hollywood Cemetery Movie Night. Photo by cinespia.org

Hollywood Forever Cemetery Outdoor Movies: There’s nothing quite like watching a classic movie outdoors. Add the fact that you’re in a cemetery and movie choice has never quite meant so much (Alien on the 16th anyone?). The vibe at these screenings is really infectious and we love their film selection too.


Hollywood Bowl Concerts: Catch a performance at the iconic Hollywood Bowl and choose from an amazing lineup to suit all tastes. Diana Ross, Bon Iver, multiple epic film scores in concert… The question is not which, but how many.

The Beach: Pick your fave or do all of them, from Venice to Malibu. Whether you’re paddleboarding, jogging or simply soaking up the sun, you’re getting major outdoor brownie points (and a good fix of Vitamin D).

Honorable mentions: Griffith Observatory, Echo Park Lake Swan Pedal Boats


San Francisco


Sausalito. Photo by www.sausalito.gov

Sausalito: Just a skip away from the breathtaking vistas of the Golden Gate Bridge is the cute town of Sausalito. Admire the panoramic views from the shoreline, wander through some of the 500 houseboats at the North end of town or catch one of their summer concert series every Friday until end of August.


Lands End: Catch views of the Golden Gate Bridge and enjoy stunning hikes in this gorgeous spot to the Northwest of the city. It’s a lot less crowded than SF’s more well-known parks and has a fascinating history, too. Take your outdoor wanderings to the next level by exploring the ruins of the Sutro Baths.


Lovers’ Lane: Stroll down one of the oldest foot trails in the Presidio National Park and take in the beauty of “Wood Line,” an outdoor art piece by British artist and environmentalist Andy Goldsworthy.


Honorable mention: Napa Valley, Dolores Park


All these are perfect to enjoy solo or with friends, especially those you’ve met through the ICBRKR app… available on iOS and Android.


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