There is no shortage of things to do in New York City during the summer, but if you’re not willing to make some hard choices, you could end up stuck in Times Square getting your photo taken with a guy in a ratty Cookie Monster costume. You don’t want that. You want to go H.A.M., and to do that you’re going to need to blaze your own path. Whether you cut that path on the back of a surfboard in the Atlantic or on the shoulders of a friend while dancing under the hot sun, the important thing to know is: those who make hard choices in life are always rewarded in the end.