In the busy world in which we live today, not all of us have time to truly “get away” this summer. Just because you can’t hop a plane to someplace foreign or exotic doesn’t mean that you can’t experience a memorable summer right here in the New York City area. No matter your taste or preference, there is something to do this summer that will make you forget, even if just for a moment, that you’re within walking or driving distance of home.
If summer just isn’t summer for you without a trip to the beach, make your way to Fort Tilden Beach. After a year and a half closure complements of Hurricane Sandy, this well-kept NYC secret is once again ready for visitors. If spending a day on Gilligan’s Island away from civilization sounds ideal, this isolated beach is perfect for you and will allow you to relax and enjoy the gorgeous landscape of sand, trees, and dunes. The best way to get to the beach is by bike, as it is difficult by subway or car. Pack a blanket, picnic basket, and some sunscreen, and escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a day.
For those that enjoy the water but not the sand, venture to the Astoria Pool. Built in in 1936, its original Art Deco feel makes it one of the most unique public pools in New York City. This free NYC Park facility is Olympic-sized with plenty of pool-side relaxation space. Take a dip, read a book, or just enjoy the sun. The pool is located between the Robert F. Kennedy and Hall Gate Bridges, featuring stunning views of the Upper East Side, and will remain open until September 1st.
So often the busy schedules of today allow no time for meal planning and cooking, so you’ve probably frequented every restaurant and bar in your local neighborhood numerous times already this year. Those who’ve grown tired of their local watering holes should give The Water Table a go this summer, The once Navy Yard Patrol Vessel currently launches out of the Skyport Marina in Manhattan. As you float along taking in the views of the New York Harbor, you’ll experience New England-style cuisine and cocktail menu full of the classics, such as Old Fashioneds and Manhattans. The great food, intimate setting, and stellar service are sure to leave you delighted.
Some need a full night away to feel as though they’ve taken a break from life. Fortunately there are a plethora of boutique hotels in the area that can let you do just that. A particular favorite is the James Soho at Thompson and Grand, rated one of the 25 top hotels in New York City according to Conde Nast Traveler, Reader’s Choice Award-Best in the World. The hotel is adorn with artwork by both local and international artists, creating eye-catching beauty everywhere you look. Beyond the artwork, you can enjoy a meal at the award-winning David Burke Kitchen or a crafted cocktail at Jimmy, the rooftop lounge with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding city.
Nothing screams vacation more than a massage that leaves you feeling like you haven’t a care in the world. For the ultimate massage experience, venture to Greenhouse Holistic in Williamsburg. Greenhouse’s signature massage is performed by proprietor David Greenhouse. It is a therapeutic combination of a deep tissue and hot stone massage, customized to your exact needs and specifications. You’ll leave feeling like years of tension have magically vanished. There is also a wide array of other services available, as well as yoga classes if you’d also like to find your inner zen.
There are so many ways to escape your daily life and create a “staycation” in New York City, it would be impossible to list them all. Once you get out and indulge in what the city offers outside of your local neighborhoods, you’ll fall even deeper in love with it. Whether you live in Williamsburg, Park Slope, TriBeCa, Greenwich Village or the Upper West Side, you’ll look forward to coming home and settling into your own apartment, condo, townhouse, or single-family residence after a short break from the norm. It really is no wonder why so many people choose to call the New York City area home.