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what to do in NYC when it’s 96 degrees

The past few days have been brutal here in New York, especially in my un-air conditioned apartment. Taking the subway to work in 90+ degree weather = arriving at my office with my make-up melted off and frizzy hair. Even just sitting still in my apartment is sweat-inducing, so here are six great (?) things to do in NYC when it’s too hot to move.

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1. Sit in Starbucks for three hours “working.”

2. Eat ice cream.

3. Make new playlists on Spotify.

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4. Go to the movies.

5. Spend $100 at H&M online.

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6. Try to hang out with someone who has AC.

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beachy keen

This past weekend, I made the trip to Rockaway Park, Queens with some friends. It took a while to get there on the subway, but when we stepped off the train I no longer felt like I was in New York City. There were lots of little shops and places to eat (we had amazing pizza), and the smell of the sea was refreshing–Manhattan isn’t the loveliest smelling place in the summertime. 

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We went to Fort Tilden, a beachfront state park near Breezy Point, since some friends were playing in a rugby tournament. We missed the game, but had great company to enjoy the sand and sunshine. The beach was absolutely beautiful and clean, though it was a little too breezy to go swimming.

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Places like these are why I absolutely love New York. The city has so many wonderful spots, and it’s just amazing to me that such a beautiful beach can be found in the city. As someone who grew up down the street from the ocean, New York can feel claustrophobic at times. Of course I love the hustle and bustle of city life, but every once in a while its wonderful to go someplace where I can breathe.

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central parking

One of the best parts of New York (in my humble opinion) is Central Park. I think it’s so wonderful that such a large part of Manhattan has been devoted to green space, especially in the summertime. It’s the perfect place to go for a stroll, though it’s especially crowded with tourists this time of year. There are tons of food vendors, street performers, and people offering pedicab and hansom cab rides, as well as bikes available to rent.

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The other day, my friends and I went to enjoy a late breakfast in the park, sunning ourselves on the grass. We had Starbucks in one hand and tiny treats from Baked by Melissa in the other, making for a perfect, sweet snack. Since it was a Sunday, the park was especially busy, and for our enjoyment, we had a view of little kids stumbling up boulders, young couples jogging together, and tourists speaking in all languages frantically taking photographs.

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There is something truly magical about this place, and every time I go to Central Park I stumble upon something new. My latest ambition is to go for a bike ride around the park before the summer ends, perhaps this weekend if the weather cooperates.

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brooklyn, brooklyn

Something that made me truly fall in love with Brooklyn was my first visit to Brooklyn Flea, a market every weekend in Fort Greene and Williamsburg. I immediately loved this less-glamorized borough of NYC; especially in these two neighborhoods, there is an influx of young people, unique shops, and independent eateries, and it is overall much quieter than Manhattan.

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The flea market operates in conjunction with Smorgasbord, a small food festival, so there are numerous places offering food you never even dreamed of. On my most recent trip, I tried asiadog, a stand that serves varieties of hot dogs with various Asian-inspired toppings. Summertime always brings out a craving for hot dogs, something not easily fulfilled since I no longer eat meat. Thankfully, they had a veggie dog offering, and I elected to have it served with mango salsa, Sriracha, and crushed peanuts. I kid you not, I was dreaming about that hot dog all day.

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Brooklyn Flea attracts an interesting crowd of people; small children run around eating organic popsicles, artists sell their goods, and people with money to burn look for one-of-a-kind decor. I can’t really afford anything besides snacks on a college student budget, but I love strolling through the stalls and browsing the offerings.

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a question of home

After spending two short weeks in my childhood home of Newburyport, Massachusetts, I am thrilled to be back in my favorite city. Don’t get me wrong, I love being home, but Newburyport is an extremely small town and I become bored very quickly and easily. It is a quintessential New England town, complete with brick sidewalks, a sailboat-filled waterfront, and cute coffee shops. It was the perfect place to grow up, and when the weather cooperates, it is a wonderful vacation spot.

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sunset over the newburyport waterfront

A lot of people were surprised when I made the jump to go to college in New York. Many of my high school peers went to local schools, and my friends who went further away were still at small-town colleges. Some family friends and teachers were confused by my decision, shocked that I could feel as at home in the city as I do. My dad grew up in the Bronx and since my family made countless weekend trips to NYC while I was growing up, it didn’t really feel outside of my comfort zone. A part of me had always known I would end up in New York, one way or another.

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excited to be living in close proximity to central park

Regardless, for the next month, I will be in the city which has stolen my heart. I took advantage of Fordham’s other campus at Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side, where I am taking summer classes and simply enjoying life in the heart of the city.

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the view from my summer apartment

 

“One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs as much in five minutes as in five years.”

– Tom Wolfe

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