Avoid jeans and other fitted clothing and go for breathable garments made from cotton and linen. T-shirts, sundresses, shorts, and khakis will keep you comfy, even on the steamiest days. Skip the pantyhose for work if you’re permitted, and you can sport longer skirts. Flip flops and sandals of all styles are the footwear of choice for many New Yorkers, so summer gives you an excuse to go shoe shopping or order another pair or two from your favorite online retailer.
Water is available at street carts all over the city, in restaurants, and stores, but if you’re traveling from other areas of the city or to the outer boroughs, you’ll always want to keep a bottle or two of water with you. Staying hydrated will keep you from feeling sluggish and your skin will thank you for it later.
Avoid the subway if possible
The subway platforms are easily 10 to 15 degrees warmer than the city itself, which is why some New Yorkers opt for buses, Citi Bike, and even walking during June, July, and August. Of course, depending on where you work, you might have no other option than to ride the subway. If that’s the case, then you should wait in the station if you can, then swipe your MetroCard and enter the platform at the last minute. Each subway station’s layout will vary, and you might not have this luxury. If you’re forced to wait on the steamy platform, try to stand near the turnstiles where you’ll feel a little more air circulation than you would deeper down the platform. And whatever you do, when you get on the train, do not enter an empty car. Usually, the air conditioning is working well on the packed cars but broken on the cars with few people.
Hang out by the water or take a dip
There’s always a breeze by the water, so head for one of the city’s outdoor cafes. Go early for happy hour, or later for the sunset. You could catch a nice breeze by the water. NYC offers many gorgeous pools to help you beat the heat from the beautiful new McCarren Pool Tips to Stay Cool in the Heat (though you might want to bring some pepper spray) to this pop-up pool and beach at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Use this balmy weather as an excuse to act like a kid again and frolic in some sprinklers! If you’re a member you can take a dip in the pool at the Brooklyn Sports Club.
Indulge In cool treats
This is the time of the year when you see the ice cream truck and you instantaneously want ice cream. You can make your own frosty treats in your own home? From scrumptious homemade popsicles in any flavor you like to organic lemon ice cream sandwiches.
Take a day trip
Day trips to other neighborhoods is one way to stay cool in NYC this summer. You can hop on a bus or train, or rent a car to escape the stifling heat of the city. You don’t have to travel far to appreciate the lower temperatures or get a change of scenery, either. Try spending a day in City Island, a charming section of the Bronx that feels like a New England fishing village rather than a borough of New York. You can even drive north to Cold Springs, a quaint town in Upstate New York.
Catch a flick
Movie theaters have long been a summer escape for good reasons – they’re nice and cool inside! You can sit and feel relaxed in the nice comfy seats in the movies.
Catch up on your reading
Those lions outside of the New York Public Library might be burning up, but inside its nice and cool. Stay out of the scorching sun and get your read on at the same time by visiting your Spring Creek library.
Spend a day at the museum
Beat the heat and catch up on your culture by visiting a great summer exhibit at one of NYC’s world-renowned museums. Need some suggestions? The Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream exhibition at MoMa PS1 explores new architectural possibilities for cities and suburbs in the aftermath of the recent foreclosure crisis. Another exhibit that sounds fascinating is Klara Lidén’s Bodies of Society at the New Museum, showcasing sculptural hideaways made of scavenged materials in unexpected places. These are some ways that you can beat the heat and keep yourself cool at the same time.