Beat the heat by getting in the water – The New York Times | Gmx Pharm

Well, it’s officially Sticky Season.

The first heatwave of summer swept across our beautiful city last month, bringing suffocating humidity, puddles of sweat, hydration warnings and — for me, at least — a barrage of desperate group chat messages asking if anyone had any ideas for relief.

My suggestion: Get in the water.

As stagnant the air can feel during a New York summer, the rivers, bays, and oceans that surround the islands that make up most of New York City offer a cool breeze that offers respite from a 90-degree day can offer. The water is also generally much cleaner than it used to be.

If you prefer smaller splashes, the Boathouse downtown Offers free kayaking on the Hudson River near Pier 26 in Manhattan. Kayaks and life jackets are provided on weekends from 10:00am to 4:30pm and Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30pm to 7:00pm, subject to availability. Volunteers watch out and make sure kayakers don’t get caught in more dangerous waters, and the program offers a different look at the city’s shoreline.

There are similar programs in Brooklyn, including one performed by the Red Hook Boaters at Louis Valentino Jr. Pier Park on Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Maximize your waterfront experience by taking the ferry there, ideally on the upper deck, wind in your hair. When you’re done kayaking, stop by the Waterfront Museum, a vintage barge that floats in Red Hook Harbor, where you can learn about the city’s maritime history. (It’s sturdy.)

On the subject ferries, if you haven’t taken the hour-long drive from Wall Street to the Rockaway Peninsula, it offers one of the best views of the city and moves fast enough that you’ll feel a constant breeze. (Wear a hat with caution — I whipped two into the water from sudden gusts.)

Once you get there, the ferry system offers a shuttle that can take you to one of the many surf schools on the beaches of Rockaway. I recommend arriving early, especially on weekends when the beaches get crowded. If you’re looking for a subway-accessible option, Locals Surf School — owned and operated by two Rockaway natives — is near the Beach 67th Street station on the A train. (The couple also runs a coffee shop in nearby, Locals Collective, where I’ve bought quite a few smoothies.)

Looking for something with more action? jet skiing around the waterways of New York became incredibly popular during the pandemic when people were dying to get outside. Rockaway Jet Ski offers a tour of Coney Island that takes you out to sea for sweeping views of the iconic Cyclone roller coaster and Wonder Wheel. And unlike folks who ride these famous amusements in the summer heat, you’re guaranteed to feel a touch of relief as you slide across the waves.

Don’t forget that you can also find water in more controlled environments. The City Baths are open for general swimming, although classes and some annual programs have been canceled due to a lifeguard shortage. Just familiarize yourself with the rules before you head out: you need a lock to secure your belongings, only plain white shirts are allowed, and both groceries and newspapers must be left at home.

As temperatures rise, it’s only natural that we head towards the water in search of beach breezes and sand. Luckily, staying in or near New York City means having access to several waterfront restaurants — or, with a little planning, the ability to create your own waterfront dining experience.

A weekend afternoon trip to island of the city in the Bronx for seafood is a must in the summer. It will be busy and parking will be hard to find, but it’s worth it. (The BX29 bus gets you to the island from the mainland Bronx, although driving is quicker.) I love the no-frills, raw vibe of Sammy’s Fish Box at the end of City Island Avenue because the menu plays the hits: fried Seafood platters, lobster rolls, and a good crab cake (high praise from someone who grew up in Maryland). But I recommend taking a stroll along the main street to do some people-watching and see which of the many restaurant menus speaks to you.

A great place to watch the sunset overlooking the water is Brooklyn Crab in red hook on its terrace overlooking the East River. Bring a crew so you can start with the raw bar tower of oysters and chilled lobster, then order seared shrimp or calamari and crab legs and treat it like a crab cookout.

On the other side of Manhattan, one of Patio’s best-kept secrets is the (relatively) new Barbuto location, where you can enjoy chef Jonathan Waxman’s rustic Italian fare while enjoying great views of Hoboken and the Hudson River. Bring some shade if you’re there for sunset and order the famous chicken with salsa verde.

For dinner across the river in New Jersey, I recommend taking an overnight ferry ride from Midtown or Brookfield Place to Jersey City for a beautiful view of the Manhattan skyline. My ideal chilled night: Enjoy fried chicken and fries at the Bobwhite Counter, then find a spot in Liberty State Park to watch the sunset reflect off the skyscrapers. Or grab a pizza at Razza Pizza Artigianale and watch the sunset. Afterwards, cap off your evening with a visit to Liberty After Dark, an adults-only bar and food pop-up at the Liberty Science Center, where you can explore the exhibits with a drink in hand. It is open every first and third Thursday of the month; The next event will be on August 4th and will include a Prince-themed laser show.

Finally if you are heading for a beach day rockaways, Be sure to make a stop at Caracas Arepas on the boardwalk for plantain and mozzarella arepa, fries, and a frozen sangria. There is also live music on the weekends, adding to the feeling that you are escaping the city for a while.

Whether you’re looking for jewellery, fashion, art or food, the Queens Craft Brigade has locally made goods for sale one day a month through December.

Beat the heat with a breeze on one of Circle Line’s guided tours of New York’s most famous landmarks.

Hester Street Fair brings the party to Pier 17 on Saturday with its Jamaican Independence Day celebration featuring items like authentic Jamaican jerk and Harlem-trimmed fashion accessories.

Combine the magic of the big screen with the majesty of the Queens Botanical Garden and you have Movie Nights at the Garden, now showing family hits at weekends throughout the summer.

Patrick Hays contributed to the coverage.

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