The Best Ways to Beat the Summer Heat in NYC

It’s not Africa and it’s not the California desert, but New York City residents experience sultry summers just the same. Between stuffy air in the underground subway stations to stagnant stenches lurking near doorways and alleys, cooling off and feeling fresh are top priorities for NYC dwellers. The good news is you can beat the summer heat right here in town.

Hit the Ice

Love to ice skate but can’t stand the lines at famous favorites such as Wollman Rink or Rock Center? Try cooling off at year-round rinks conveniently located throughout the city, without waiting for hours. If you haven’t been to Chelsea Piers, now is the time. The Sky Rink also overlooks the Hudson River and even offers lessons. Remember that the Rink is closed over the summer on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Looking for an outer borough skating experience? Check out Aviator Sports and Recreation in Brooklyn, and World Ice Arena in Queens. All three venues have a lot to offer outside of skating, including swimming, climbing, euro bungee, and plenty of food to help you refuel.

Grab a Drink

Don’t let your body wilt in the heat — stay hydrated instead. Make a habit of keeping a water bottle with you all the time. Don’t like NYC’s famously delicious water, or worry that you’re losing valuable electrolytes as you’re sweating on the subway? Look for infused waters, including hard-to-find brands, from a New York City delivery service like and have your favorite spring or mineral water brought right to your door.

Rise to the Top

The number one New York City nightlife rule is to find an amazing rooftop bar, and make it your go-to destination. Try perennial Meatpacking favorite the Gansevoort, luxury midtown hotel The Viceroy, or the must-see Delancey on the Lower East Side. Prefer water views? Head over to Battery Park, where you can enjoy a riverside stroll and an outdoor table. If you’re on the east side, head over to Queens, where Water’s Edge has earned a well-deserved reputation for the best skyline views in the city as well as outstanding food and an unforgettable romantic ambiance.

Sand and Surf

Don’t forget — NYC is on the beach, and getting there from your four-story walk-up is easy. Take the A train out to the Rockaways for the day, or head over to Brooklyn’s Coney Island for the quintessential beach day experience. If you want to get out of the city, that’s easy, too. Head over to Penn Station and choose between destinations such as Long Beach (perfect for the day) and Montauk or Greenport (perfect for the weekend). If you’re looking for a sophisticated beach town, you can’t do better than the Hamptons. Consider taking the Jitney, which runs regular coach buses, or go with the train instead. There’s also bus service to Jones Beach, where you can catch a waterside concert at Nikon’s Jones Beach Theater.

No matter what you choose to do this summer in NYC, make sure you stay cool!

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