Survival of Serena, by Carole Fuerman
Survival of Serena, by Carole Fuerman. On display in Petrosino Square

The Heat Wave of summer 2012 came to New York along with gazillions of tourists. As it happens, I am one of them. There’s plenty to do all around me, of course, but it takes a bit of planning to make the most of a cityscape under such relentless warmth. Here are two ideas for summer in New York City that have worked pretty well for me so far.

Get wet

Enjoying the fountain at Washington SquareIn summer, New Yorkers decamp in their thousands to the Hamptons, Coney Island and other beach destinations. However, there are options not involving sand and salt.

There are more than 50 swimming pools in New York City, including one in Astoria Park, said to be the largest and nicest in the city system.

For impromptu lazing about, which is more to my taste, there are fountains, like the one in Washington Square Park. On a sunny July Sunday, I was thankful for a fountain that delivers its refreshing spray with a side of jazz.

A less conventional dousing is available to audience participants in a production of Fuerza Bruta, at the Daryl Roth Theater. An hour of full-on acrobatics by the dancers of this scrum-as-theater experience is punctuated by watery dances overhead, and at the end, industrial fans and a cooling spray for the audience.

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Fuerza Bruta
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Fuerza Bruta

Take a boat ride

Catamaran taxis, ferries on the East and Hudson rivers, the Staten Island Ferry, a Circle Line dinner cruise—take your pick. Any of these water-borne modes of transport reward passengers with cooling city views. For getting from point A to point B, boats can also be a cooling alternative to the subway, with its sauna-like station platforms and construction delays.

Last Saturday, I thrilled to cloud-strewn skies and views of Manhattan from the East River, en route to Smorgasburg, a summer-long food-tasting event in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood. Getting there was indeed half the fun!

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East River, NYC
Jazz, Washington Square Park
Washington Square Park
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Strawberry & mango coolers
East River, NYC
La Serena

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For help in organizing forays here, I have found Teri Tyne’s wonderful website, Walking Off the Big Apple to be very useful. WOTBA is an excellent place to figure out the logistics for say, hopping a ferry and enjoying a day on the water.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. As a native New Yorker, you made me realize that I need to take advantage of all of the things the city has to offer during the summer instead of longing to get to the beach. Thank you for the inspiration!

  2. Wow! lovely pictures and great tips! I can almost ‘feel’ the atmosphere : )… wish I was there… Good reasons to plan a trip sooner rather than later.
    Keep cool! M

  3. Liz, Marian–It’s been a treat to be here, and enjoy all the goings on outdoors. So different from other seasons, and so diverse!

  4. I feel cooler already! Glad we met at blogher12 this past weekend and look forward to future posts! I agree with you about Union City, great location at a fraction of cost if you want to visit nyc and so many good places to eat. Next time you’re in area, try John’s Fried chicken, one of my fav Caribbean spots, although I don’t believe they make fried chicken 🙂 but their rotisserie is amazing.

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