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Phil in the Park

Even though I had been traveling a lot lately, I made sure to be back in the city in time for my birthday. As an early celebration, I headed to Central Park for New York Philharmonic‘s free summer concert series. Turns out “Phil in the Park,” as we call it, was also celebrating its birthday. For the last 50 years, the Philharmonic has been performing in parks across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island.

The concert wasn’t until 8pm, but because the park gets crowded quickly, we headed over right after work. Or at least I did. My friends Robert and Anja had been there most of the day staking out a spot. Thanks guys!

New York Philharmonic in Central Park - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

New York Philharmonic in Central Park - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

New York Philharmonic in Central Park - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

New York Philharmonic in Central Park - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

New York Philharmonic in Central Park - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

New York Philharmonic in Central Park - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

The best part is that you can bring a picnic to enjoy while you wait for the music to start. It can be as casual…

New York Philharmonic in Central Park - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

…or as fancy as you would like!

New York Philharmonic in Central Park - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Alcohol, however, is “strictly prohibited.” There may or may not be an NYPD tradition of not enforcing the liquor laws (because, as one friend put it, “old rich people” attend these concerts), but you didn’t hear it from me!

Because we would never disregard liquor laws, I took this picture of another group’s cooler. Definitely not ours.

New York Philharmonic in Central Park - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

I kept my meal simple with a tuna and cucumber sandwich.

New York Philharmonic in Central Park - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

And the most delicious cheesecake! After all it was my birthday!

New York Philharmonic in Central Park - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Everything was going well until…

New York Philharmonic in Central Park - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

RAIN! Luckily Chris had an umbrella big enough to cover half the park!

New York Philharmonic in Central Park - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

It kept raining off and on, which meant that the concert started late, was paused halfway through, and finally concluded with the Philharmonic only playing a total of three songs.

New York Philharmonic in Central Park - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

That’s ok though, it was still a fun night, even with the limited music.

New York Philharmonic in Central Park - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

New York Philharmonic in Central Park - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Plus, Phil in the Park always concludes with fireworks, which means that the night ended with a bang (get it? I crack myself up…)

I was overly excited about this, because I got a new camera over Christmas and could finally use the fireworks setting! I know, I’m such a blog nerd! But look how amazing the pictures turned out:

New York Philharmonic in Central Park - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

New York Philharmonic in Central Park - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

I use a Canon PowerShot G7 X, in case you want your own amazing fireworks setting too!

New York Philharmonic in Central Park - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

New York Philharmonic in Central Park - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

New York Philharmonic in Central Park - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

New York Philharmonic in Central Park - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Fireworks and friends are a perfect way to start a birthday, don’t you agree?

To keep updated on the next Phil in the Park event, click here.

Here’s to 28!

~A

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