5 Ways to Beat the Heat of a New York City Summer

The heat in the air feels like it is sticking to your skin, you can roll out your mat in the subway station for a session of hot yoga – Yes it’s officially summer in New York City.  There are many ways to keep cool and enjoy one of the greatest cities in the world.

  1. The Rockefeller Centre: This past April a new public art installation was unveiled at the Fifth Avenue entrance to the Rockefeller Centre. Titled Van Gogh’s Ear by Elmgreen & Dragset, this dual sided sculpture shows a different perspective depending on your viewpoint. On one side, it reflects the title of the project, on the other side stands a sideways 4.5 ton swimming pool with a slide included. While you can’t swim inside the sculpture, you can channel those cool feelings as you take in the views on the Top of the Rock.


  1. Take a trip to Broadway: If you really want a genuine taste of the New York City culture and to keep the temps down, one way is to see the coolest new shows on Broadway. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic hit CATs is back in its first New York revival, bringing new memories to town. On September 1, performances of Holiday Inn: The New Irving Berlin Musical will begin, as a part of Roundabout Theater Company’s 2016-2017 Season. The musical will feature over 20 classic songs from the Irving Berlin catalogue including “Steppin’ Out With My Baby”.


  1. Kayak and Jet Ski the Hudson River: If you want to stay cool and enjoy some of the finest views of New York City, then plan a trip to one of the seventeen Kayak, Canoe, Jet Ski, and sail boat rental spots along the Hudson River. With rental choices ranging from one to four hours, there are plenty of sites to see around the city from the Statue of Liberty, to the 1 World Trade Centre, Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, and of course the beautiful New York City Skyline.


  1. Minus5: In Summer you like your drinks nice and chilled, and one spot in particular can make sure this is always the case. Minus5 is a bar located in the Hilton Hotel in Midtown made entirely of ice. The bar is kept at -5 degrees Celsius and offer parkas and gloves for everyone who comes into the bar. Take a seat and chill with over 90 tons of ice while sipping on refreshing cocktails. This unique, one-of-a-kind ice experience is sure to create some fun and amazing memories for you and your friends.


  1. Chelsea Waterside Park: This public space by the New York City Parks Department is small but packed with a fun playground. A great destination for both kids and adults, the big draw to this playground is of course the water which streams throughout the play area and shoots from children sized spouts. Other fun features are an engaging and colorful Dr. Seuss-esque play area with three fountains spraying water straight into the air. Make sure to bring a bathing suit – the kids will get wet – there is no avoiding it.