Summer in New York City offers many special outdoors activities – from free concerts in the park to outdoors cinemas – as well as many music shows, film festivals and sports events, but NYC summer weather is far from being ideal. July and August in NYC are hot and humid and the streets and subways are steaming hot. In addition, the main streets and attractions are crowded and filled with tourists. Of course, it doesn’t mean you won’t be having a great time visiting New York in the summer. Here are some helpful survival tips for NY summertime:
1. Wear Sunscreen!
Since most of you visit you will be taking long walks in the streets of NYC, sunscreen and good sunglasses, as well as comfortable, closed toes sandals, are essential equipment. Additionally, light clothes from natural fabrics will absorb the sweat better than synthetic clothes. Don’t forget to pack a light sweater or a cardigan for indoor, air-conditioned places such as museums and restaurants.
2. Cool Hiding Places
If you need to take a break from the heat, you will find plenty of cool hiding places with freezing AC. One of them is the main branch of the NYC Public Library, The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on the Fifth Avenue, near 42 St. The famous landmark, where the two lion sculptures, Patience and Fortitude, welcome the visitors in the entrance stairs, boasts not only in a largest collection of rare books and manuscripts, but with a killer air conditioning and free wi-fi. Free guided tours in the impressive Beaux-Arts building are held daily at 11 AM and 14 PM (on Sundays, only at 14), and there are plenty of literature events and exhibitions worth visiting. Just a walking distance from NYPL, you can catch a breeze in many of the 5th Avenue mega stores.
3. Frozen Treats
One of the most delightful ways to beat the heat is a scoop of cold, sweet and creamy ice cream. From a classic sundae to exotic flavors (have you tried a lox ice cream?) to vegan gelato, the debate about the best ice cream in NYC is never ending, and we won’t dare to take sides. Having a frozen drink or an ice cold beer is another favorite way to cool down the melting body, and NYC restaurant and bars offer variety of frozen alcoholic and non-alcoholic froze drinks all along the summer.
If you can’t stand the heat, simply dive into the water. NYC’s most famous swimming pool might be the Central Park outdoors pool (at the northern side of the park, on 110th Street & Lenox Avenue), but the best free pool is available in Astoria Queens. Located in Astoria Park, the pool includes an Olympic outdoor swimming and diving pool and a wading pool for the kids. Long Island’s Splish Splash Water Park is a only short driving distance from Manhattan, offering many watery attractions for all ages and a green, natural park for lounging.
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