4 Things To Do In NYC During A Heat Wave

When the sun, humidity and smell of hot garbage becomes too much to stand, here are a few ideas on how to keep cool....
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We’ve been lucky enough to have a moderate summer so far (thanks Oba… El Nino). That doesn’t mean it isn’t hot as balls out there. When the sun, humidity and smell of hot garbage becomes too much to stand, here are a few ideas on how to keep cool.

Ride The Staten Island Ferry

Photo Credit: Nicki Mannix

Photo Credit: Nicki Mannix

First, it’s free so that’s a huge plus. Second, standing outside gives you fantastic views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, New Jersey and, of course, Staten Island. If you’ve ever been on a luxury cruise, the ferry has their own version of gourmet food that’s highly questionable. Bonus perk is the ability to explore the Staten Island oceanfront once you get to the other side which is really nice.

Free* Museums

Photo Credit: Ed Schipul

Photo Credit: Ed Schipul

New York City has a vast expanse of cultural offerings that tourists know more about than residents. Not only are these large buildings air-conditioned, they’re also sparse of crowds so you can enjoy the majority of the cool air to yourself. You can also brag about going to your friends after and try to convince them you’re cultured.

*While most are actually free that doesn’t mean they’ll try to get you to make a donation.

Exploratory Subway Ride

Photo Credit: MTA

Photo Credit: MTA

The NYC Subway is xx miles long and you’ve probably only ever used a fraction of that. Most subway cars are air-conditioned (ironically, older cars seem to be colder but smell worse than newer ones, so it’s a trade off) and if you can plan your travel right, you should be able to enjoy a long, cool ride to someplace exotic like Far Rockaway (they have beaches there).

The Beach

Photo Credit: Kai Brinker

Photo Credit: Kai Brinker

This seems obvious but in New York City it’s not. We have lots of beaches and depending on your preference, there’s many styles to choose from. If you prefer broadwalks with games and rides, Coney Island. If you prefer convenient but secluded, Far Rockaway. If you prefer inconvenient but really secluded there’s Gateway Park in Staten Island. Lots of options to choose from. If you’d rather go on a journey to New Jersey where the beaches are maintained and cleaner, they’re typically one-seat rides from Penn Station.

Have any more ideas? Let us know in the comments!

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