Your Itinerary for Spending a Ridiculously Hot Day in Williamburg
You know those days when even venturing to the bodega for iced coffee feels like a journey across the Sahara? Yeah, we're not a fan, either. This day-long itinerary in the hippest area of Brooklyn will help you keep your cool until the sun finally, mercifully goes down.
9:00-ish a.m.: Hop on the Ferry
Steamy subway ride on a 100-degree day? Yeah, no thanks. Instead, opt for a breezy ride on the East River Ferry—the wind in your face is a much better wakeup call than being stuffed into a steamy L car. Download the app to look up routes to South or North Williamsburg and nab your tickets.
10:00 a.m.: Fuel Up
When your hair is sticking to your back by breakfast (thanks, humidity), the usual pancakes or shakshuka can feel a bit heavy. Instead, hit up neighborhood juicer, Summers Brooklyn, for an ultra-refreshing green smoothie or an icy, house-made granola-topped acai bowl.
155 S. Fourth St., Brooklyn; 347-987-3558 or summersbrooklyn.com
11 a.m.: Chill Poolside
Yes, we know taking a dip isn’t exactly a novel concept, but when the vibes are this good, who are we to argue? The highly Instagrammable pool deck at the McCarren Hotel has everything you need for an appropriately lazy afternoon (day passes start at $55). You’ll have complimentary Wi-Fi, towel service and access to an outdoor shower, and when you do get hungry (for something more substantial than rosé), you can wander over to the retro in-house eatery, Oleanders.
160 N. 12th St., Brooklyn; 718-218-7500 or mccarrenhotel.com
4 p.m.: Pamper Your Nails (Without the Chemicals)
Escaping to an air-conditioned nail salon is a tried-and-true heat-evasion move, but how many of them also offer eco-friendly and non-toxic treatments? At pH7, you can choose from three- and five-free nail polish. So while you’re escaping the heat, you can also escape the formaldehyde.
227 Grand St., Brooklyn; 718-218-8586 or ph7nailcouture.com
5 p.m.: Get In on the Oyster Happy Hour Action
Next up: A cocktail den replete with all the old-school café vibes (including an absinthe list). If it’s cool enough, try to nab a shady seat in the lush outdoor garden and order up an ice cold Pimm’s cup while you try to make sense of the fact that you’re in Brooklyn, not New Orleans. Happy hour (weekdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends 11a.m. to 1 p.m.) means $1 oysters from a robust menu. So get your fill.
298 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg; 347-335-0446 or maisonpremiere.com
7 p.m.: Feast on Pizza
Let’s be honest: A million oysters couldn’t fill us up. So now that we’re slightly buzzed, it’s time to carbo-load. (Hey, we’ve sweat a lot today.) On slightly cooler days, Fornino’s Pier 6 location is an ideal place to down a pie alfresco. On sweltering days, however, we’re grateful for the new Williamsburg offshoot, which has a spacious (and blissfully temperature-controlled) dining room, so we can enjoy our wood-fired, asparagus-and-prosciutto-topped pizza in comfort.
291 Kent Ave., Brooklyn; 718-304-6004 or fornino.com
9 p.m.: Remedy That Sweet Tooth
What’s cooler than being cool? Ice cream that's been flash-frozen with liquid nitrogen at -321 Ice Cream. Feast on flavors like camp fire (chocolate ice cream with toasted marshmallows and graham crackers) or matcha, complete with green tea Kit Kats.
288 Grand St., Brooklyn; 929-228-9008 or 321icecreamshop.com