Yes, all your friends have fled to the Hamptons, the weather is sticky, hot, humid, all the sidewalks radiate heat and it feels like there is no escape, it’s the worst of times, summer time in NYC. But fortunately the city that has everything also offers some adventurous and cool down options.
1. Get away from the crowd, but hardly any distance from Gotham at all. Yes, Gerristen Creek in Brooklyn, much damaged by storms, much unloved in the past is responding in spades to concentrated care and is now emerging fully and completely as the fascinating salt marsh eco-system that it is. Such a beautiful and serene spot, it’s a privelege to touch down there. It cools you down just to gaze upon it. But you can do more than that you can hire a paddleboard, a kayak or even a 2 or 4 seat paddle boat and get right out on the water. Brilliant. See Wheel Fun Rentals
2. Of course to cool down you can do an ice cream parlor crawl, secure in the knowledge that all that walking, subwaying or cabbing will land you at a destination at which you select an old favorite flavor or a new exciting one. Whichever, go for broke and get sprinkles on top too. Fortunately Lower Manhattan offers a concentration of fabulous ice cream parlors: Morgentsterns, Van Leevwin, Victory Garden and Big Gay Ice Cream. If you want to do your ice cream parlor crawl in Brooklyn you can wander from Jacques Torres, to Blue Market, to Davey’s Ice Cream and then Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain.
3. Tied up along various Hudson River piers are any number of boats to board, and once there you can drink and eat to your heart’s content and they even take you out for a sail around on the water. All of which is a great way to catch the breezes off the water and enjoy youself immensely in an altogether cooler environment. Here are some choices: The Water Table, board at Skyport Marina (FDR Drive and 23rd St) and sail along the Hudson too: North River Lobster company, board at Pier 81 at W 41st St and also offering trips up the Hudson along with lots of lobster of course. And finally Grand Banks, board at Pier 25 225 West St, Lower Manhattan also offering lots of seafood.
4. And finally the golden go-to for summer cooling off, hire a row boat and take yourself out on the Central Park Lake. Watch the video and imagine the bliss of it all, especially if you can get someone else to do the rowing, though it’s all good. Or if rowing is too tiring, just sit in Loeb’s Boathouse and watch others out there on the water and eat cool food, drink icy cold drinks and chill. Perfect.