Summer burns the city at the beginning of this year.
Temperatures are expected to reach over 90 on Saturday and Sunday – part of a heatwave that will hit the northeast and deep south. Typically, Central Park is around 72 in May, according to CNN.
But there’s no reason New Yorkers can’t handle the heat. In addition to drinking more water, wearing light colors and staying out of the midday sun, The Post recommends working up a sweat while grabbing a frozen cocktail to go, indulging in a decadent frozen treat or watching one of the hottest movies of the season in an air-conditioned theater.
Here are some of the coolest ways to avoid getting burned this weekend.
Freeze the day
The only good thing to come out of the pandemic: alcohol to go. Thirsty New Yorkers can now legally relax outdoors with a cocktail across the city. Sip a frozen margarita ($16) at Jibs on the West Side or Flatiron’s Hill Country, where the place’s classic margarita ($12) can be flavored with passion fruit, peach, strawberry or mango for $2 more. Sip an ice-cold Aperol spritz ($13) at Broken Land in Greenpoint. Meanwhile, in Astoria, Blend offers frozen sangria, margaritas, pina coladas and blue Hawaiians ($12).
Jibs, 350 11th Ave., JibsNY.com; Hill Country, 30 W. 26th St., HillCountry.com; Broken Land, 105 Franklin Street, BrokenLandBar.com; Blend, 37-17 30th Ave; 718-606-6383, BlendAstoria.com
beauty and bloom
At Hudson Yards’ Edge, cherry blossoms – a symbol of renewal – festoon an archway offering the chance to stop and smell the blossoms, and, of course, take a photo. Admission to view the exhibit, which is located indoors at the Edge on the 100th floor of 30 Hudson Yards, is included in the price of the Observation Deck: $38 if booked online in advance or $40 on the site. Two specialty cocktails ($19 each) and a glass of champagne ($21) can be purchased at the event, which runs until the end of May.
Book on HudsonYardsNewYork.com
Swimming pool package
The city’s outdoor pools are closed until June 28 and the beaches won’t open until May 28. (Swimming is not permitted on closed beaches.) But sunbathers can still make waves at Life Time Sky, a “luxury sports complex” in the west. Side. A one-day weekend membership ($100) includes access to the rooftop pool, SkyDeck, and other fitness amenities including equipment, classes, a basketball court and a dry sauna.
Life Time Sky, 605 W. 42nd St.; 212-564-1300, Life.Life
Donut Plant offers indulgence on top of indulgence. The beloved confectionery with locations in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn just launched the Wonder Wheel ice cream sandwich: a donut is split; filled with ice cream, which is homemade; then lightly coated in flavored milk, dark or white chocolate, depending on the store. Flavors include Coffee, Green Matcha, Tres Leches, Strawberry, Dark Chocolate, and Peanut Butter & Milk Chocolate. For other ice cream cravings, the Mister Dips truck is back in action this weekend with a range of floats, shakes and their boozy doozy alcohol sweet offerings.
For locations and to order online, go to DonutPlant.com; for Seaport and Brooklyn locations and times, go to MisterDips.com
Watch a cool movie
There’s always that movie everyone’s talking about. Currently, this film is “Everything Everywhere All At Once”. So, as temperatures soar, catch this movie or ‘The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent’ or ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’ at Nitehawk Cinema Prospect Park. The theater was renovated and reopened in 2018. The theater menu includes movie-themed specials, such as a tequila cocktail called “The Bar With No Doors,” a tribute to “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” . Bonus: Walk through Prospect Park before or after.
Nitehawk Cinema, 188 Prospect Park West; NitehawkCinema.com/ProspectPark
Walk on the side of the light
Bella Dea, a sustainable seafood restaurant, opened last week in the West Village. “It’s definitely a Mediterranean style of eating seafood,” chef and co-owner Brian Bornemann told The Post. The menu features seafood — oysters, sea bass, scallops, tuna — sourced from and around New York City, he said. “It’s hyper hyper local,” said co-owner Leena Culhane. Bornemann recommended the restaurant’s halibut crudo with a glass of sparkling wine. “This is one of our most refreshing dishes,” he noted. “It’s going to feel really good this weekend.”
Bella Dea, Wednesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., 27 Morton St.; BellaDeaNYC.com