Places for sunbathing and sunshading

We break down the best sunny and shady spots in all five boroughs, for the Donatella Versace (or Robert Pattinson) in you.



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Sunbathing: Jelly NYC Pool Parties at East River Park (90 Kent Ave at North 9th St, Williamsburg;; 2--8pm, free)
Last year’s wildly popular McCarren Park Pool Parties free concert series has a new home and a killer summer lineup. This Sunday 2, the billings include sets by Dan Deacon and Deerhunter. “Kiddie pools replaced the Slip ’N Slides, but they were deemed too dangerous without a lifeguard on duty. So we just have a guy with a hose spraying people down,” says Jelly employee Chris Goldstein.
Postsun spot: Jelly hosts official after-parties at Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave at North 11th St; 718-963-3369,; 8pm). “They have couches, air-conditioning, and jalepeo poppers,” says Goldstein. “I think that pretty much sealed the deal.” Not to mention $3 beers and $12 pitchers, and DJs Gavin Royce and Stephen Pandolfi. And there’s always the bowling, too.

Sunshading: Empire--Fulton Ferry State Park (26 New Dock St at Water St, Dumbo; 718-858-4708)
Nestled between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, this nine-acre waterfront park along the East River boasts a magnificent view of lower Manhattan and passing ships. Stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge or riverfront boardwalk, or relax at a picnic table near the huge lawn.
Postshade spot: On Thursday nights at sunset through August 27, the adjacent Brooklyn Bridge Park ( screens its free Movies with a View series. See the Hitchcock classic To Catch a Thief on July 30, with some Thai coconut curry ($8) from Rice, sold on location.

Brooklyn alternatives

Sunbathing: Prospect Park (Prospect Park West at Union St, Park Slope; 718-965-8951,
Bring a blanket and lay out in the Long Meadow, or check out Nethermead if you’re looking for a quieter spot. In more of a hiking mood? Walk along the ravine’s trails.

Sunshading: Green-Wood Cemetery (500 25th St at Fifth Ave, Sunset Park; 718-768-7300,
Brush up on your NYC who’s who with a quiet stroll through this National Historic Landmark. With almost 600,000 graves, the cemetery houses Morse-code creator Samuel F.B. Morse, composer Leonard Bernstein, the infamously corrupt New York politician William “Boss” Tweed, New York Tribune founder Horace Greeley and more than 3,000 Civil War veterans.

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