Central Park

★★★★★
  • 830 5TH Ave

    New York, NY 10021

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  • 212-360-8236

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New York City doesn't have many outside venues for people who hate to stay in stuffy clubs and concert halls in the summer. If you want to enjoy a concert under the open sky, the best you can do is go the way out of town to Jones Beach. The Central Park Summerstage is a huge exception.

First off, you have to walk through the beautiful Central Park to get there. It's located not far from Strawberry Fields, and there's a beautiful lake nearby. On a good day, just getting there is half the fun.

The roster of musicians is usually top-notch, and the prices tend to be bearable. The sound suffers from all the same problems that plague any outdoor venue, but it's quite good considering that the place isn't even an amphitheater - it's just a field with a stage set up. Considering this fact, it's amazing how well the organizers and technicians manage to pull the concerts off.

Because the sun sets late in the Summer, it's usually still pretty light out at the beginning of the concert. But as the sun sets, the place has a great atmosphere of an overgrown camping trip, with most people sitting on the ground on blankets and a lot of communication between the audience and the performers.

PROS: Outdoors in a beautiful location, good prices
CONS: The same sound problems that any outdoor venue has

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★★★★★

New York City doesn't have many outside venues for people who hate to stay in stuffy clubs and concert halls in the summer. If you want to enjoy a concert under the open sky, the best you can do is go the way out of town to Jones Beach. The Central Park Summerstage is a huge exception.

First off, you have to walk through the beautiful Central Park to get there. It's located not far from Strawberry Fields, and there's a beautiful lake nearby. On a good day, just getting there is half the fun.

The roster of musicians is usually top-notch, and the prices tend to be bearable. The sound suffers from all the same problems that plague any outdoor venue, but it's quite good considering that the place isn't even an amphitheater - it's just a field with a stage set up. Considering this fact, it's amazing how well the organizers and technicians manage to pull the concerts off.

Because the sun sets late in the Summer, it's usually still pretty light out at the beginning of the concert. But as the sun sets, the place has a great atmosphere of an overgrown camping trip, with most people sitting on the ground on blankets and a lot of communication between the audience and the performers.

PROS: Outdoors in a beautiful location, good prices
CONS: The same sound problems that any outdoor venue has

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