SOME LIKE IT HOT
Even the dog days of summer have a certain appeal in NYC.
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.
MOVIES, MUSIC AND MOONLIGHT
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.
GO FOR THE OM
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?