True New Yorkers know that once the temperature soars past a certain point, there’s nothing to do but melt — and head to the water.
Sure, we can crank our air-conditioners and fans up, but I, for one, have already spent too much time in my apartment this year. So if I’m going to be sweating everywhere, I’d prefer to be at the beach.
When I’m craving a true beach day, I usually head to Rockaway Beach in South Queens (Ramones fans will be familiar). Ideally, I like to hop on the ferry (there’s one stop in Lower Manhattan and another in Sunset Park, Brooklyn) so I can bask in the breeze on the top deck, but when I’m feeling less opulent, the subway is perfectly fine.
The A train to Far Rockaway goes toward the northern end of the beach, while the shuttle to Rockaway Park hits more of the city’s surf beaches. (The Black Surfing Association offers skateboarding and surfing lessons every weekend.)
If you’re feeling especially motivated, you can take the 2 or 5 trains to Flatbush Avenue before hopping on the Q35 or Q22 bus, both of which stop at Jacob Riis Park, a family-friendly spot that offers long, deep beaches — and a thriving queer scene.
Manhattan Beach, Brighton Beach and Coney Island also are perfect places to swim and tan if the South Brooklyn subway lines are more your speed. Manhattan and Brighton are notably less chaotic, but Coney Island is perfect for people-watching and entertaining children.
If you’re looking for a ballgame, a ticket for a Brooklyn Cyclones game is only $10 on Wednesdays. (“Weenie Wednesday” also means that Nathan’s hot dogs are buy one, get one free at the stadium on those nights.)
A few more ideas:
Free fun: The New York City Poetry Festival is this Saturday and Sunday on Governors Island.
In Brooklyn: Watch Bo Burnham’s “Inside” on the big screen at the Alamo Drafthouse on Thursday, Friday or Saturday.
In the Bronx: Watch the 2020 Pixar release “Onward,” which our critic called “a brightly rendered, sentimental ode to adolescence that hits all the right emotional buttons,” in Starlight Park on Friday at 8 p.m.
For date night: The Sun Ra Arkestra is playing alongside Sistazz of the Nitty Gritty in Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield on Saturday. Two short films (presented by Rooftop Films) start at 6 p.m. and the performances start at 7 p.m.
With friends: D.J. Nico DiMarco will be taking over The Green at Lincoln Center on Saturday for a Disability Pride Month Silent Disco. (Tickets are free and distributed through a lottery.)
Solo fun: The Market Line (on the Lower East Side) is reopening on Thursday with old and new vendors. Try a new ice cream flavor at Ample Hills, eat some dim sum from Nom Wah, or get pierogi at Veselka.
Vote for a goat: Visit five of the 24 grazing goats that were released into Riverside Park this month to combat invasive plants. Buckles, Chalupa, Mallemar, Ms. Bo Peep and Skittles will all be there through the end of August.
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