The weather in NYC this past year has been crazy to say the least. One day it’s snowing and you’re afraid your fingers will freeze off, the next day it’s hot and humid like a tropical rainforest. As we reach the peak of the summer season, so is the heat. The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for New York this week, but don’t let that give you the summertime blues! Here’s a list of five ways to keep cool in the city:
1. Museums, Museums, Museums
Museums always seem to be the go-to place for any occasion. Whether you’re stoked for a new exhibit or trying to get your mind off something, taking a visiting friend or going for some alone time, escaping the brutal cold or the blistering heat, museums provide the perfect temperate environment to chill. Even the perpetual storm inside MoMA’s Rain Room won’t get you wet, so you can enjoy the sensation of a cool summer storm without the broken umbrellas and the soggy shoes. With so many different museums to choose from, why not explore one you’ve never been to? If you’re worried about breaking the bank, don’t sweat it! Check out this list of free NYC museums.
2. Summer Blockbusters
There’s a reason so many good movies come out during the summer, and I think it’s because a dark, air conditioned movie theater is the perfect place to hide from the hot sun. Movie theaters are a bit pricier in the city than in other parts of the country, but it’s a definitely more economical than running up my electric bill by sitting in front of my A/C unit at my apartment. Plus, The New School’s Office of Student Development and Activities sells discounted movie tickets to New School Students!!
3. Take a Dip
With more than 60 public swimming pools scattered throughout the city, you’re sure to find a place to watering hole to dip your feet. Timeout New York compiled a list of the city’s best swimming pools, and the best part: most of these pools are free!! So grab your bathing suit, a towel, and some sunscreen and you’re set to get wet!
4. Surf and Sand
Sure, NYC isn’t known for having the most pristine urban beaches like Los Angeles or Miami, but don’t be too quick to count out the city’s shores. There’s more than 14 miles of beaches in New York, providing the perfect destinations for swimming, sunbathing, fishing, boating, and even surfing! Of course, there’s the historic Coney Island and the neighboring Brighton Beach in South Brooklyn. Looking for the country’s largest stretch of urban beach? Hit up Rockaway Beach in Queens! Although parts of the beach were damaged during hurricane Sandy, much of it has since been renovated and reopened.
5. FROZEN TREATS
Easily my favorite part about summer weather. Whether it’s Salty Pimp cones from the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, fresh fruit ice pops from La Newyorkina, Coffee milkshakes from Shake Shack, or build-your-own fro-yo at Sixteen Handles, there’s never a lack of decadent, refreshing, icy desserts to keep your tongue cool and taste buds happy.
Stay cool y’all!