19 Things to Do When It’s Too Hot to Function in NYC
Bye, heat wave
Guys, it’s sweltering out there. But instead of hiding inside your air-conditioned apartment for the rest of the week, you can stay cool and be social at these ice-cold spots all over the city. You might even want to bring a sweater (seriously).
1. Grab a black sesame and wasabi ice cream cone from Sundaes and Cones…just make sure to eat it really fast if you take it outside.
2. Take a surfing lesson at Locals Surf School on Rockaway Beach--it’s the only beach in NYC that lets you hang ten.
3. Chill out in the New York Public Library’s main branch, aka the Stephen A. Schwarzman building. It’s gorgeous, huge and always ice cold.
4. Order the eponymous drink at Williamsburg bar the Commodore. It’s a glorious piña colada that will give you serious vacation vibes.
5. Take advantage of the slow season on Broadway and catch the shows you’ve been meaning to see. We love The Color Purple, The Humans and Waitress. (And Hamilton, but that’s probably not gonna happen, sorry.)
6. When life gives you 90-degree weather, make frosé (aka frozen rosé). These amazing slushy cocktails are made with sugar, water, lemon juice and, of course, a bottle of rosé.
7. See a movie at Nitehawk Cinema, the (super comfy and air conditioned) Williamsburg movie theater where you can order food and drinks during the movie. (Trainwreck is playing August 13 and 14, BTW.)
8. While everyone else is out in the Hamptons, it’s a great time to check out usually crowded museums like the American Museum of Natural History, the Whitney and the Met. (Or the Museum of Ice Cream, but good luck nabbing a ticket.)
9. Set sail on the most delicious cruise ever. North River Lobster Company takes you on a trip down the Hudson while you munch lobster rolls.
10. Or, if you’re more outdoorsy, ditch the lobster roll and try kayaking on the Hudson with the Manhattan Kayak Company. You’ll get a workout and maybe even a nice breeze--just don’t forget the sunscreen.
12. Go bowling in style at Frames, a hidden spot below Port Authority. Instead of third-grade-birthday-party vibes, it has Champagne and truffle flatbread.
13. Take a daytrip to Jacob Riis Park and hit the beach. It’s accessible by public transportation and way less crowded than nearby Coney Island.
14. Get a day pass at Le Parker Meridien and splash in the giant indoor pool.
15. Can’t cool down? Plunge into the 46-degree ice pool at Aire Ancient Baths. Repeat as necessary until summer is over.
16. Go ice-skating at the Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers. Four afternoons a week, you can free skate at the spacious twin rink.
17. Jump into the ice cage at Mehanata Bulgarian Bar and take a shot of vodka. OK, it’s totally touristy, but we guarantee you’ll emerge a few degrees cooler.
18. Use aloe ice cubes to cool down your skin and soothe sunburns. Ahh, we feel cooler just thinking about it.
19. When all else fails, get the hell outta Dodge--um, NYC--and spend the rest of the summer at Split Rock Falls in Elizabethtown, NY. See you guys in September.