leisure 07.18.11

The Guest List:
89 Things To Do With Visitors This Summer

It's that time of year – people showing up in town and asking you what to do. We've given you 89 suggestions, in random order, so you can make a good short list for your particular visitors. And before they ask about your pull-out sofa, send them this list of Hotels Under $200.

1) Fountains of Wayne at Bowery Ballroom on August 3rd
2) Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs 1983-1993 at Asia Society
3) Weekend browsing at the Brooklyn Flea
4) Tour the Mast Brothers chocolate factory
5) Alexander McQueen show at the Met, thru 8/7
6) Superheroes and wannabes can stock up at Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.
7) Probably the most transporting lunch in town: Eleven Madison Park
8) Cocktails? PDT. Reserve
9) Take a trolley tour of Green-Wood Cemetery and see the final resting place of many NY notables
10) Top of the Rock
11) Keigwin + Company dances at Summerstage on 7/23
12) Governors Island: Concerts, the 1st Annual NYC Poetry Festival (7/30-7/31), Mark di Suvero sculpture, and tons more
13) A Sunday afternoon chamber music concert at Bargemusic
14) The High Line — bigger, longer, and uncut (well, nicely trimmed)
15) A Night at the Museum Sleepovers
16) For kids, an Everest climb, in a way, at the Rubin, 7/23-7/24
17) Yes, take them to The Dutchbrunch, if not dinner
18) Books of Wonder for kids
19) Wonder for adults: the Noguchi Museum
20) A Cyclones game
21) Mapping the Cityscape at AIA
22) Hang out with the Broadway community on their night off at Jim Caruso's Cast Party
23) The Strand
24) Hook your guests up with a lobster dinner
25) Dinner at Momofuku and that must include pork buns
26) Harlem gospel tour and brunch
27) Richard Serra Drawing at the Met
28) Walk over Brooklyn Bridge
29) Clothes shopping at Century 21
30) One of the storytelling evenings at The Moth
31) B & H Photo
32) Lunch at City Bakery
33) The Cory Arcangel show at the Whitney
34) Related: Talk to Me at MoMA, opening 7/24
35) The 9/11 Memorial opens to the public on September 12th. Visitors can pay their respects, meanwhile, at these sites
36) Unforgettable images by Elliott Erwitt at ICP
37) Croon and swoon at Feinstein's thanks to Todd Murray
38) Shop for unusual beauty and personal care products at New London
39) Pompeii The Exhibit
40) Dinner at Sorella — sit in the front room
41) Visit one of the remaining specialist shops: buttons, feathers, model trains and more
42) Show them that New York is green: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, NY Botanical Garden, or Wave Hill
43) Theater: Book of Mormon, War Horse, Follies
44) And Shakespeare
45) They won't see this one coming: shipwreck scuba diving
46) A Monday night movie on the lawn of Bryant Park
47) The Neue Gallerie + Cafe Sabarsky
48) Writers, musicians, actors, comics tell stories about particular songs in The Soundtrack Series at Le Poisson Rouge
49) A visit to the Ukrainian Museum
50) Day trip to Dia:Beacon
51) Coney Island fun
52) Too hot for anything but water? Try one of these water theme parks near the city
53) Need fountains and sprinklers closer to home? Here
54) Foodie friends who want a straight-out-of-a-food-mag experience: The Fat Radish
55) Bring them to MoMA design store for a stylish take-home
56) Some big concerts at Williamsburg Waterfront coming up, including Stone Temple Pilots and Death Cab for Cutie.
57) Miami, Schmiami: we've got 14 miles of beaches
58) Order some lively Greek food to take out from Kefi, then picnic in Central Park
59) The Frick
60) Zarkana at Radio City
61) Bowling at Brooklyn's The Gutter
62) The very fine jazz singer Jane Monheit is at the Blue Note, 8/9-8/14
63) While we don't think climbing up to the Statue of Liberty crown is worth the effort, your guests may dig it
64) Wine bar-hopping: Terroir to In Vino to 'inoteca
65) Or head east for a Long Island wine tour
66) Where they'll want to go: Carnegie Deli
67) Where they should go: Barney Greengrass
68) Comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade
69) An afternoon on Sheep Meadow
70) Lee Ufan at the Gugg.
71) How we roll: soft-serve from the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck
72) See a documentary in the Master Class series at Maysles Cinema
73) Tell them to take a hike
74) A midnight movie at IFC
75) A cold one at Birreria, Eataly's rooftop resto/brewery
76) For some reason, they will want to go shopping at Woodbury Common Outlets
77) Head up to The Cloisters for its many pleasures
78) Brave the wait and taste the goods at Almondine before a walk around endlessly photogenic DUMBO
79) Confounding magic at Off Broadway's The Quantum Eye
80) Tour the U.N.
81) Pizza at either location of Motorino
82) Free kayaking on the Hudson
83) The Morgan Library
84) If you snag a reservation, and that's a big if, dinner at Chef's Table will be a trip highlight
85) For the grande dame of your family, lunch in Barbetta's garden
86) An afternoon at Liberty Science Center
87) Movie buffs will be happy at the newly renovated Museum of the Moving Image
88) A souvenir they'll love: a fragrance from Bond No. 9
89) Let them shop the Union Square market and, ahem, cook dinner

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[Follies photo (detail): Ken Sanders
Brooklyn Botanic waterfall photo (detail): Rebecca Bullene
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