Best of Inhabitat: 9 Summery Green Ways to Beat the Heat in NYC

Storm King New York

New York City is one of the hottest (both literally and figuratively) summer vacation spots, but whether you're visiting the Big Apple or if you live here, there are tons of "cool" destinations and activities to keep you occupied. Check out Inhabitat's 10 summery things to do and places to go to beat the heat in NYC.1. Need to escape the urban heat island effect? Take a day trip to the surreal Storm King Art Center in the Hudson Valley. This sprawling outdoor museum boasts over 100 contemporary sculptures on rolling (and significantly cooler) green hills.

2. Who says pools need to be on solid ground? Cool off sans air conditioning by taking a dip in the Floating Pool Lady, a barge that has been transformed into a floating swimming pool in The Bronx.

3. Get some wind in your hair without using a fan by cruising around on one of Bike and Roll's new 'hop on, hop off' bikes. They're conveniently available for rent at Tavern on the Green in Central Park.

4. Catch some summer sun and run through the sprinklers at the Interboro Partners' new Holding Pattern installation at the courtyard of MoMa PS1. Not only is there a shady outdoor "room" filled with trees, there are also ping pong and foosball tables so you can show off your mad tablesports skills.

5. The subway is great but it's not the best form of transportation in the sweltering heat. Luckily, the new East River Ferry service just opened, transporting commuters between East 34th Street and Pier 11 in Manhattan to Long Island City in Queens and to Greenpoint, Williamsburg and DUMBO in Brooklyn.

6. What better way to rise above the high temperatures than to take a stroll along the newly opened elevated High Line Section 2 Park? Not only will you benefit from the cool winds coming from the Hudson River, you'll also have some truly unforgettable views.

7. Nothing says summer like the beach and volleyball and the newly opened expansion of the Brooklyn Bridge Park on Pier 6 has both! Check out the park's additional 1.8 acres of sand volleyball courts, lighted pathways, and two 15,000-square-foot lawns with native plants and trees.

8. Get out of the blazing sun and pop into the new Omonia Cafe in Astoria, Queens! This sustainably-built sweet spot is the perfect place to have a quick iced coffee before heading back out to see the sights.

9. There's no more eco-friendly way to lower your body temperature than just simply finding some shade and what better place to do that than in a treehouse? Benjamin Jones' TreeHouse on Governor's Island is open to the public and he's even having a party to paint it this weekend, so check it out here!

—written by Yuka Yoneda

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