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How amNewYork celebrates Father's Day in NYC

Have you made your plans for Father's Day yet? In honor of our own dads, the staff at amNewYork is sharing our favorite dad-friendly activities. Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!

Double the fun

Father's Day this year falls on June 21,
Photo Credit: Caroline Linton

Father's Day this year falls on June 21, which is my father's birthday. Chris Pratt apparently has the same issue, something he called "pretty great," according to Just Jared. Well that's nice for him, but it's actually the worst. Even if my father's birthday doesn't fall exactly on Father's Day, we usually celebrate them together due to scheduling, which is twice the pressure! My father's number-one request is no back talk, which means it's a full day of biting your tongue--which he enjoys far, far too much.

My family and I all live in NYC, so there's a wealth of possibilities--which is also not a good thing. Think of the pressure! Especially because my dad is the cheerful type of dad who says things like "as long as I get to see my daughters, I'm happy." You probably think that sounds nice, but it does not making planning any easier. Last year my sister nailed it by coming up with the idea of going to Yankee Stadium, which was a lot of fun for all five of us. It might become a new tradition, if we can coordinate with the Yankees, that is! -- Caroline Linton, amny.com news editor

All things music

My dad is a multi-instrumental musician, and many
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My dad is a multi-instrumental musician, and many of our activities in the city are music-related, watching him rock out on bass on stage at the Feast of San Gennaro, sitting in on an Irish session at a pub, listening to live music in the West Village, looking at guitars in Williamsburg. Though most of the time we get to spend in the city are our rides back in when he generously offers to drive me and my siblings back from weekend visits on Long Island. It's a chance to catch up or just listen to music, followed by a quick bite to eat before he drives back. Thanks, Dad! -- Meredith Deliso, Features and Special Sections Editor

Suggestions needed!

I have never celebrated Father's Day in NYC
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I have never celebrated Father's Day in NYC but next year my husband will be a Dad and I am looking forward to it! What will we do to celebrate? I'm not sure. Dim Sum? Can 10 month olds eat soup dumplings? -- Georgia Kral, amny.com Features Manager

A tourist day

If my Dad dropped in from Australia for
Photo Credit: Nina Ruggiero

If my Dad dropped in from Australia for Father's Day, I think we'd go for a long wander through Central Park, before stopping by Tavern on the Green for a pint (or two) at the outdoor bar there. -- Keira Alexander, News Assistant

Favorite gift

Every Father's Day my family gets together for
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Every Father's Day my family gets together for dinner and give my dad his favorite gift: a huge bag of Kit Kat's. -- Alison Fox, reporter

Backstage

If your dad has to work on Father's
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If your dad has to work on Father's Day, like mine often does, see if you can go with him! In my opinion, watching firsthand what your dad does every day is one of the best ways to bond. Some of my favorite memories with mine have taken place on W. 45th Street, in and around the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater.

My dad is a stagehand who works on Broadway shows and concerts all over the city, and he spends a lot of his time at the Jacobs, where he is the flyman. Thanks to him I have seen countless shows from many different points of view-- including hanging from the ceiling.

But cooler than the play was always watching my dad make the magic happen. I've seen him whip up a tornado on the set of "The Wizard of Oz," and spent Christmases watching him make "A Christmas Carol" come to life. In between shows he always took me to meet the actors in their dressing rooms and treated me to the best lunches. (But remember, on Father's Day, lunch is on you!) -- Nina Ruggiero, Editor-in-Chief, amny.com

Celebrating family

Recently, I went to the Narrows Botanical Garden
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Recently, I went to the Narrows Botanical Garden overlooking the New York Harbor with my children, my wife and mother-in-law. We took a picnic with us, simple salads we had made at home, and sweet teas we had bought at the store. We laid out blankets, including a deep purple handwoven one from Mexico, and sat under the shade of a tree. We spent hours there, eating, playing with the children in the grass, laughing and enjoying the warm temperature. Just watching my children and spending time with them away from our over-busy lives, saturated with work and the buzz of our screens, was a joy. I can't think of a better way to spend Father's Day, either: not as a celebration of Dad, but of family. -- Cristian Salazar, amny.com news editor

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