Even the dog days of sum­mer have a cer­tain ap­peal in NYC.

Where New York - - August - By Nancy J. Brandwein

No need to go in­side with all this great en­ter­tain­ment out­doors!

WHEN THE MER­CURY edges past 90 de­grees and the side­walk seems to liq­uefy, some New York­ers flee to in­door oases for culi­nary, cul­tural and other fun ac­tiv­i­ties, while oth­ers, who re­ally do “like it hot,” find plenty to do al­fresco.


Why go to the mul­ti­plex when you can have your movie stars with ce­les­tial stars and sprin­klings of fire­flies, too? The NYC Parks Depart­ment’s Free Sum­mer Movies pro­gram of­fers show­ings on piers and in parks all over the city. Au­gust se­lec­tions in­clude “The Black Pan­ther” (Aug. 1, Flushing Mead­ows Corona Park, Queens) and “The Jackie Robin­son Story (Aug. 3, Jackie Robin­son Park, Man­hat­tan).

Just sit­ting out­doors to peo­ple-watch at the Lin­coln Cen­ter arts com­plex is an ex­pe­ri­ence: Try perch­ing on the Josie Robert­son Plaza steps, lit with glass- en­cased LED lights that say "wel­come” in mul­ti­ple lan­guages, with the el­e­gant Rev­son Foun­tain be­hind you. This sum­mer ( just like ev­ery sum­mer since 1971), you also get three weeks of world- class mu­sic, dance, film and more at Lin­coln Cen­ter Out of Doors, which ends Aug. 12. This year’s ros­ter in­cludes mu­sic and con­ver­sa­tion with pop star Carly Rae Jepsen, per­for­mances by the Dance The­atre of Har­lem, a Sun­day Her­itage Dance Party, “West Side Story Reimag­ined,” plus lots more. Most events are held at the cen­ter’s Dam­rosch Park.

Step off ce­ment plazas and into lush Green-Wood Cemetery, where a host of ac­tiv­i­ties threaten to wake the dead at this 19th- cen­tury na­tional his­toric land­mark, fa­mous for its plethora of bright green monk para­keets. The month of Au­gust brings ev­ery­thing from Jazz at Twi­light to His­toric Trol­ley Tours to peace­ful bird­ing tours led by bird­ing ex­pert Rob Jetts. On Aug. 26, there’s an any­thing-but-peace­ful reen­act­ment of the Bat­tle of Brook­lyn, the first bat­tle of the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War, com­plete with can­non fire, pa­rades, sol­diers, horses, mu­sic and food.


Iconic pic­tures of New York City sum­mers show chil­dren whoop­ing it up in fire hy­drants’ spray. At Teardrop Park in Lower Man­hat­tan (win­ner of the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of Land­scape Ar­chi­tects Honor Award), chil­dren en­joy wa­ter play in a rocky set­ting re­sem­bling a Catskill Moun­tains clear­ing, and the 14-foot stain­less steel slide is a draw as well. An adults- only hid­den play space is The Beach at Dream Down­town ho­tel, where sun wor­ship­pers can buy a day pass to dip in the small, serene glass­bot­tom pool, belly up to the full-ser­vice bar for sea­sonal cock­tails or laze on comfy white chaise lounges and nau­ti­cal blue cush­ions, well away from the bois­ter­ous Chelsea neighborhood.

This sum­mer, at the Wil­liam Vale ho­tel, in Wil­liams­burg, Brook­lyn, you can also pur­chase a day pass for the sparkling new 60-foot pool, where you can rent a per­gola, daybed and ca­bana and pur­chase light fare and cock­tails, all served pool­side.

Mix with hip­sters and the hoi pol­loi at re­ha­bil­i­tated Olympic-size McCar­ren Park Public Pool, which strad­dles the neigh­bor­hoods of Green­point and WiIliams­burg, in Brook­lyn. The pool, which orig­i­nally opened in 1936, re­tains its his­toric arch and bath­house build­ing and con­tains lap swim­ming lanes and beach vol­ley­ball.


Rather sweat than swim? Salute the sun and down­ward dog on even the steami­est days at Bryant Park Yoga, which pro­vides mats, with in­struc­tors from some of the top yoga stu­dios around the citiy. Other out­door venues for yoga in­clude Brook­lyn Bridge Park in DUMBO, Brook­lyn; Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Is­land City, Queens (with sweep­ing views of Man­hat­tan); Sunken Meadow Pic­nic Area on Ran­dall’s Is­land (where you can watch the sun­set over the East River); Cen­tral Park; Union Square Park (spon­sored by nearby Paragon Sports store); and Brook­lyn Grange (a rooftop farm in Brook­lyn).

Fi­nally, Shape Up NYC, a pro­gram spon­sored by the NYC Depart­ment of Parks and Recre­ation, of­fers a va­ri­ety of out­door sum­mer classes (in­clud­ing yoga). Why go in­side at all, when you’ve got so much to choose from in the great out­doors?

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