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 beat the heat in NYC and plan a trip with your roommate to cool down.
Visit one of NYC’s 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. While you might think that means it’s totally trashed, it’s actually quite clean. Just a heads up, there can be a wait on hot days. So grab an umbrella and get started relaxing early if you plan on showing up at midday.
For something a little different, try the floating pool at Barretto Point Park. A barge was repurposed to hold a pool and bring the cool to you. It’s a pretty neat experience, and definitely worth bragging to your friends over who are stuck with everyday holes-in-the-ground to swim in.
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. It’s followed by some light cardiovascular activity. It can be used to cool off, but is also used by athletes to recover from strenuous workouts more quickly. 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.
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.
New York in the summer can be a lot of fun, but let’s face it. With so many people packed into what amounts to a giant concrete oven blistering under the sun, local residents are excused if they get a bit cranky at times. 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 beat the heat in NYC instead. You and your roommate could be sipping frozen cocktails from stylish glasses sculpted out of pure ice before you know it.
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