With Summer in full swing, it’s time for flip-flops, shorts, and sleep deprivation. If the sweltering heat is keeping you awake at night, rest easy knowing that relief is on the way. Take a look at three of the best ways to survive the summer in NYC and plan a trip with your roommate to cool down.
Spend the summer in NYC in the free pools
NYC has free pools in all five boroughs. The Astoria Pool is often reputed to be one of the absolute best. It’s pretty epic. At 350 square feet, it’s the largest swimming pool in America. Also, contrary to popular belief, it’s actually quite clean. Just a heads up, there can be a wait on hot days. Show up around midday and just relax. Just remember to grab an umbrella. It’s a lovely way to spend a summer afternoon in NYC.
But for something a little different, try the floating pool at Barretto Point Park. It’s a really fun experience that’ll stay with you. Moreover, you can also brag about it the next day to your friends who weren’t as lucky as you.
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Chill out in a cryosauna
If it’s hot enough, then being in temperatures that plunge down to -240 F doesn’t sound so crazy anymore. The company Kryolife has a cryosauna service that subjects your body to cryogenic temperatures for 2-3 minutes. You can follow it up with some light cardiovascular activity, if you’d like. You can use it as a way to cool off but athletes generally use it to recover from strenuous workouts. That’s because it releases toxins, replenishes oxygen, and renews your energy over a 48 hour period after you’ve done your imitation of a human popsicle. That’s just a joke, the liquid nitrogen used to control the temp never actually touches your skin. If you’ve got questions about how cryotherapy works, check out their FAQ section here. So, give this a shot the next time summer in NYC gets too much for you.
Go to the coolest bar in town.
The Minus 5 Ice Bar is made entirely of, you guessed it, ice. Like, the whole thing. Chandeliers. Seats. Even the glasses you drink out of. Ice sculptures are always on display and perpetually under revision, so you never know what you and your roommate will get the chance to see. The light show is built in to the frosty spectacle, and they’ve got music going, so it provides a warm ambience that compliments the frozen interior nicely. While there is more than one Minus 5, the New York location is inside the lobby of the New York Hilton Midtown in downtown Manhattan. So it is literally a dream come true for most of us trying to live through summer in NYC.
New York in the summer can be a lot of fun, but let’s face it, people can get a little cranky when it’s hot. Especially after they spent the whole day blistering under the sun. But if you find yourself asking work for a transfer to Antarctica, take a deep breath and try one of the three best ways to survive the summer in NYC instead. You and your roommate could be sipping frozen cocktails from stylish glasses sculpted out of pure ice.
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