Ultimate Summer Guide 2012: Beat the heat by sticking around NYC this summer

And if you can stand the humidity, there are so many things to do in new York City during the dog days of summer and fewer people doing them.

Those with means have fled to their country homes in Connecticut or their beach houses in the Hamptons, and some tourists would rather sweat it out in an actual jungle than this concrete jungle.

That means there just might be shorter lines for Shake Shack, available tickets for “The Book of Mormon” and last-minute reservations at Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare.

okay, even if new York’s most popular attractions are still, well, popular, the summer months offer a unique opportunity to bond with a city that suddenly feels more like a personal playground.

especially if you’re a music lover in search of summer concerts.

On June 23 and 24, musical acts like Passion Pit, Modest Mouse and Beck will rock the Governors Ball Music Festival on Randall’s Island, which only costs $15 for a ticket and boasts no overlapping sets.

not feeling the large crowds at a music festival? Check out the diverse group of musicians, ranging from Foster the People to Norah Jones to Old Crow Medicine Show, performing on the more intimate SummerStage in Central Park.

And nobody does eclectic quite like the Lincoln Center Festival (July 5- Aug. 5), which will feature the National Theatre of Scotland performing “Macbeth” with Alan Cumming, the Paris Opera Ballet dancing in America for the first time in 15 years and the work of choreographer Tao Ye.

Ultimate Summer Guide 2012: Beat the heat by sticking around NYC this summer

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