Surviving NYC Heat Waves

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Gotham, AKA New York City, is notoriously roasting during the summer months. July and August tend to be the worst with temperatures ranging from the upper 70s to the upper 90s. And that's not even taking into account how hot the subways get. When the heat waves hit, here's what you can do to avoid melting into the sidewalk.

  1. Kick off your shoes. The Barefoot Ball might not sound appealing but when the sun starts beating down on you, you'll realize how badly you want to take your shoes off. Dance on the lawn in Bryant Park with your pals and hundreds of strangers in their bare feet. We hope you don't have a thing against other people's feet. The Ball takes place on July 26th from 7PM-11PM.

  2. Sip from the clouds. It might seem counterintuitive but this next one requires you to head to Times Square. The famed Knickerbocker Hotel is home to one of the best local-loved bars in the city, St. Cloud Social. Head right to the top to one of three Sky Pods overlooking the madness of Times Square. Sip something seasonal as you watch the tourists grappling with the heat.

  3. Drink the heat away. There's nothing more quenching on a hot summer day than an ice cold beer. Treat yourself to a few at the first International Beer & Food Festival in Queens. Munch on international snacks while sipping on international beers. There's no better way to escape the heat.

  4. I scream, you scream. When the weather gets to be this hot, it's not worth it to go running for the ice cream truck, no matter how sweaty you feel. Instead of expending the energy, try one of New York's many ice cream shops like the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, Superiority Burger, and Ice and Vice. They don't move and you won't have to run after them down the street.

  5. Embrace the cold. Take avoiding heat to the extreme by heading to a bar made entirely of ice. Step in to Minus5, don your gloves and coat, and grab a drink. It's a true escape from the heat. You might even start to get too cold and head for the outdoors!

New York in the summer is an oven. Stay safe and hydrated when out and about, and stay out of the sun as much as possible.

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