5 Steps to Beating the New York City Summer Heat

By Go City Expert

Summer is well and truly upon us, at once awesome and yet unbearable in its glory. There’s still a few months of sun left (fingers crossed) to explore all the wondrous delights that New York has on offer. But it’s also hot. Very, very hot. All those tall, glass, sky-scraping behemoths and streets paved with tarmac mean that NYC scorches like no other. Still, you’ll want to make the most of the sunshine before it skedaddles for another half year, so here are some of the best ways beat the heat in NYC this summer. 1. Stay Hydrated Water is brilliant, isn’t it? Not only does it make up 70-odd percent of your body, it’s also pretty neat to drink too. You should be drinking 2-3 liters a day, and that’s never truer than when the sun’s beating down. Your best bet is to carry a reusable bottle around with you. Not only can you fill it up and one of the many water fountains around, but you’ll also be super environmentally friendly. Of course, if you’re already out with no water bottle of your own, you can pick one up from any number of shops and stands around town. Remember to stay hydrated on the subway too. Not all of them are air-conditioned, and the ones that aren’t can become a humid kind of hell. 2. Dress Light Dare to get those legs out in a sundress or a pair of shorts. Freedom is key – anything tight or heavy is only going to make you sweat buckets. That’s not pleasant for you. Or for anyone else who might be within smell-shot of you. Are you brave enough to don a pair of sandals or flip flops too? O’ courageous one, we salute you. 3. Hide in Air Conditioning

Inside Metropolitan Museum of Art
Of course, if it all gets a bit much and you want to seek the safety of a beautifully air-conditioned building, there’s plenty of inside hilarity to be had too. Fancy a little culture to go with the cold air? There’s museums aplenty. Looking for a little summer spending spree? Try the innumerable shops. Or if you’re starving, stop by a local restaurant and pray they have air-con. 4. Enjoy some Fro-Yo
Ice Cream. Photo via Epoch Times
As if you needed an excuse. What better way to beat the heat in NYC this summer than with the ice-cold, sugary delights of ice cream? You’re sure to find ice cream vans on most street corners, so go exploring. Vegan’s can even have their chilly taste buds sated at one of the renowned Van Leeuwen shops around town. 5. Take a Cruise
Shearwater Classic Schooner. Photo via Manhattan by Sail
Miss all of the hustle, bustle and blazing microclimate of the city by backflipping on to a boat. Sweet moves. If you’ve never seen the city by sea, then you haven’t even lived. There’s plenty of options too. Take a Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise, and catch a glimpse of NYC’s iconic skyline with the glorious breeze running over you. Close your eyes and imagine it. Excellent. Or go say hi to Lady Liberty on the retro Shearwater Classic Schooner. Either way, you’re bound to beat the heat in style. Them’s just some of the ways to beat the heat in NYC this summer. Any hot takes we missed? Let us know down below. Bonus Tip
Chinese Folding Fan
Stop by Canal Street in Chinatown and pick up one of these lovely, lightweight, handheld refreshing companions. These Chinese Hand Fans are all over Chinatown and can seriously reduce the temperature of your face, thus making you more comfortable.

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Valentine’s Day Itinerary

February 5, 2020 Ah, Valentine’s Day. The holiday actually began as a Western Christian Feast Day in honor of two saints named Valentinus. It became associated with romantic love in the 14th century—although no one is really sure where that association came from, or why. Today, there's a lot of pressure surrounding the holiday. It needs to be perfect! Or at least, very, very good. It needs to be incredibly romantic! Yet, effortlessly casual. It needs to be quintessentially New York! Well, that part we can help with. We’ve got the Valentine’s Day itinerary that ticks all the boxes. The romance part of it is up to you. Tartine Start off your day with a lovely breakfast/brunch. The West Village has all the right vibes, and many places there actually serve breakfast, as opposed to brunch, where patrons often can't actually eat until around the time the rest of would call lunch.. You might consider heading to Tartine (their website says they thrive on love, so there you go.) Go traditional, with Eggs Benedict, or maybe French toast with homemade brioche and smoked bacon. The more adventurous might want to try the Tunisian breakfast, with poached eggs, wilted spinach, chickpeas and Sriracha, or perhaps just a latte and croissant. Mais oui! Top of the Rock After that, why not a stroll uptown? (OK, it’s February, so perhaps a very brisk stroll.) The Top of the Rock Observation Deck is the perfect place to take in New York from on high. They have indoor and outdoor viewing decks and unbelievable views of the city. On a clear day, you can see, you know. It's quintessntially New York, and a perfect part of your Valentine's Day itinerary. The Rink at Brookfield Place From there, take advantage of one of New York’s great outdoor winter activities--ice skating! (It is winter, after all.) Head to the Rink at Brookfield Place, with plenty of public skating sessions and spectacular city (and Jersey) views. Plus it’s small-ish (and thus cozy.) You can also dip inside Brookfield Place itself for refueling. Maybe Blue Ribbon Sushi? Or the For Five Café—the coffee is from a micro-roasting facility in Queens. Yes, Queens. For more of a scene, check out the rink at the Winter Village at Bryant Park. It’s louder, more crowded, and quite fun, plus you can always run into the glorious main branch of the Public Library on Fifth Avenue if you get cold. Photo courtesy The Rink at Brookfield Place Museum of Sex If you’re feeling frisky, perhaps head to the Museum of Sex as part of your Valentine's Day itinerary? The museum actually presents a wide array of exhibitions designed to look at the history, evolution, and culture of human sexuality, such as a current interactive exhibit that charts the history of the carnival. Courtesy of Museum of Sex Central Park Zoo If it’s not too cold, you can head to the Central Park Zoo. There’s nothing more romantic that gazing at a red panda. (No, seriously, there’s a high aww factor.) Make sure to watch one of the animal feedings, and pose for some pics with your faves. It’s a beautiful spot in its own right, with more than six acres and a panorama of the city spread out around it. Did you know that the zoo's precursor was first open in 1864, and was the first public zoo in New York City? It’s also appeared in countless books and films, like Madagascar. Just some trivia in case a quiet moment stretches on too long. Central Park Carousel As long as you’re in the park, why not head to the carousel? No matter your age, it’s hard not to be charmed by this iconic landmark, which has been around for almost 150 years. Four carousels have been on the site since 1871; this one was built by a Brooklyn firm in 1908. It too has appeared in literature and films, like the classic Catcher in the Rye. And at $3 (yes, $3) a ride, it’s arguably one of the city’s best deals. Romantic and thrifty—a winning combination. One if by Land, Two if By Sea If you’re lagging, and the day is waning, it’s time to briefly part and reunite for dinner. You can go old school at One if By Land, Two if By Sea, a beautiful restaurant as well known for proposals as it is for the food and the ambience. It’s got the ambience and the candlelight and the classic white tablecloths, and it's supposedly haunted by the ghost of former owner Aaron Burr. (Yes, that Aaron Burr.) They have a special Valentine’s Day menu (both lunch and dinner), with such choices as lobster gnocchi, pan-seared scallops, and Beef Wellington. We told you it was old school. Looking for something less traditional? Try the incredibly cool Llama San, known for its mix of Peruvian and Japanese food known as Nikkei. (The menu is so minimalist that it basically contains no information at all.) The food combinations are often unusual and unexpected—think aged duck over cilantro rice, with a banana slice and nasturtium leaf. Yes, that is an actual dish. And finally, wind down your evening with a nightcap. Depending on where you are, you might check out the underground speakeasy-style Little Branch in the West Village. It's too cool for a website, but you can’t go wrong with the classics, or you can try a winter-perfect Penicillin, with scotch, ginger, honey, and lemon. It’s a drink and a cough drop! Photo courtesy One if by Land, Two if by Sea With this array of choices, your Valentine’s Day itinerary has a lot going for it. And if it doesn’t work out the way you planned, well, as the ballplayers say, there’s always next year.
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Thanksgiving Hours at New York Pass

Sonic the Hedgehog at the Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2013 Thanksgiving is almost here and while it's common for stores to be open and services to be available during holidays in New York City, there will be some closures and reduced hours. Our main office at 36 W 44th St. will be closed on November 24th and 25th. Our doors will open again on Monday, November 28th at 8am. To collect or purchase your New York Passes, or to ask questions or express concerns, please visit any of the Big Bus locations, which operate on weekends. On Thanksgiving Day, the Big Bus locations will be open during the following hours: Welcome Center: 8am to 6pm Madame Tussauds: 8am to 5pm Luggage Source: Closed Due to the Macy's Day Parade, there will be some changes on the bus routes as well: Uptown, Midtown and Downtown will begin at 11am (after parade) Brooklyn Tour will operate the same Night Tour will operate the same To see which attractions will be open on Thanksgiving Day, please see the list on our website or mobile app. The attractions that will be open are marked with a turkey icon. Holidays in New York City are magical, as the city shines with glittering lights and the streets exude a gleeful atmosphere. Unsurprisingly, Thanksgiving and Christmas time are some of the most popular times to visit. Please be prepared for increased crowds and longer lines at the popular attractions. Happy Thanksgiving from the New York Pass! Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
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This Photograph of New York City is Better Than Real Life

[caption id="attachment_928" align="alignright" width="1680"] 20 Gigapixel Panorama of New York City, Uptown view[/caption] [spacer height="20px"] Photographed Jeffrey Martin from 360 cities is the one responsible for the most incredible shot of New York City every taken. This panoramic, dynamic photograph captures all of New York City, as seen from the top of the Empire State Building in unbelievable detail. The 20 gigapixel image has a resolution of 203,200 x 101,600, making it the largest photograph of New York ever taken. You can See the whole image in dynamic view, zooming in on thousands of buildings in New York City. You cannot get clarity this incredible, even if you stood on top of the Empire State Building on the clearest day observing the surroundings with a naked eye. [spacer height="20px"] [caption id="attachment_929" align="alignright" width="1680"] Detail of the Flatiron Building[/caption] [spacer height="20px"] If you are debating whether or not to visit the Empire State Building and deal with the crowds at New York's most popular observation deck, take a look at this image for a preview of what you are going to experience. While viewing the image, you can toggle a full screen view and drag the image for a full 360° panorama of New York City. On the bottom left, you can zoom in or out for incredible detail. [spacer height="20px"] [caption id="attachment_931" align="alignright" width="1680"] 20 Gigapixel Panorama of New York City, Downtown view[/caption]
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