I know the Big Apple in summertime. I’m glad I do.
There’s always something interesting, smart, new to do there.
But let’s face another uncomfortable truth: some NYC summer days can be like hell! Air conditioning is no solution… it’s the cause.
Exactly one year ago I wrote as facebook status “if NYC bars and shops rose by two degrees the internal temperature, the world climate would be saved. And me too”.
But as a matter of fact Manhattan and the whole big Apple can’t resist the charm of pretended glaciation inside just to face the fire of hell outside.
So if you are in NYC in July and August, you need some place to go in order to feel in a fresh and happy place… so in order not to feel in New York.
Here we go with 4 solutions that were good for me.
1 – The Brooklin Botanic Garden.
The first place I want to recommend you is The Brooklin Botanic Garden.
When I first went there I had no idea of what if was and how good I would feel there.
An incredibly wide collection of plant species from all over the world, handled and preserved in a suitable environment. The perfect place for walking, learning more about world vegetation, contemplation and enjoyment of freshness.
You can walk there for hours and sit in the fresh shadow of climbing plants shelters, reading a book.
As you can see by this short clip… I had a good time with water too.
2 – City green roofs
There is a wide range of relaxing and interesting activities that you can do… on the city’s rooftops where you can catch the ocean wind, generally blocked by the high skyscrapers, making NYC look like a owen.
For example, on the roof of Alvin Ailey’s overlooking the Lincoln Center and the Hudson River, you can do yoga sessions for $ 9 (alvinailey.com).
At sunset, you can sip a cocktail and appetizers for $ 15 on the very indie and colorful roof of the fourteenth floor of 299 Madison Ave building, which houses a greenhouse on the terrace where you can have a sip of green.
It’s even possible to lend a hand in one of the many public gardens on the roofs, like over the rooft opfarms, in 44 Eagle St.
3 – Washington Square Park
Going to Washington Square Park and listen to the live jazz music is an experience you’ll enjoy no matter what are the weather conditions out of this park.
I must tell you that everything looks possible here, where Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan had their street jam sessions before becoming the “Jimi Hendrix” and “Bob Dylan” we all know.
Just have a look of this crazy parade that I assisted to… I suppose those people were all living a “Back to childhood” experience.
Well, here you’ll enjoy your back to childhood too.
Un video pubblicato da sabrina (@in_my_suitcase) in ffdata:
4 – Parks – not limited to Central Park
I know it’s the most cinematographic park, I know it is a part of our personal history even before we first visit it. But Central Park is far from being the best park in NYC. It’s not even the biggest, since Corona Park, in Queens, is bigger. The Pelham Bay park, Bronx, is the biggest of all, as I learned in a sightseeing tour, along with many other interesting New York City Facts.
Choose one of them and read or play with your mobile on the grass!
In summer there’s plenty of open air concerts and events!
Do you have any other tip or place to go, in NCY in hot summer days?