The burb-cation staycation: Relive life in the suburbs in NYC

Remember those golden summers you spent as a kid in the ’burbs? This staycation will bring it all back with bike rides, outdoor pools and more!

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McCarren Park Pool

McCarren Park Pool Photograph: Marielle Solan


It was a time of innocence: frolicking in outdoor swimming pools and holding hands with your main squeeze while cycling during never-ending summers. You can’t turn back time and reclaim your youth, but you can reexperience those same thrills with our burb-cation staycation.

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Make a splash at McCarren Park Pool

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Cool off at the revamped McCarren Park Pool with the rest of the American Apparel–tank-suit-clad youth of Williamsburg. After renovations in 2012, the new 37,571-square-foot pool holds 1,500 people at a time; swimmers can also expect a sandy expanse for volleyball and a rec center with a gym, a weight room and a basketball court.

  1. Lorimer St, (between Bayard St and Driggs Ave)
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Watch movies at Rooftop Films summer series

Around mid-August you’ll be spending entire weekends escaping your sweat-soaked apartment at the air-conditioned cineplex, but right now it’s time to get reacquainted with the pleasures of the warm-weather months. For that, there’s no better place to socialize and watch movies outdoors than Rooftop Films (718-417-7362, rooftopfilms.com) events. This year’s ambitious summer series boasts more than 45 indie features, docs and short films hosted at unique open-air locations across the city. As a bonus, screenings are preceded by a musical performance and capped with a free-booze after-party. Dancing, writer/director appearances and Q&As round out the offerings (keep an eye out for a Cuban love-song balladeer serenading members of the audience after music doc Mateo later this summer). $13; Until Saturday August 16. 

Bike on Governors Island

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Big changes are in store for Governors Island, NYC’s military base turned summer fun spot, which is just about to open for the season. For starters, the island will be accessible seven days a week. Catch a daily ferry from the Battery Maritime Terminal, as well as from Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 on weekends and holidays. Rent a cycle from the Bike and Roll NYC stand (two hours $15, all day $25), or bring your own on the ferry—then spend the day pedaling through the 172-acre harbor oasis. While on the island, scope the crafts at the Better than Jam pop-up shop; hit a few rounds at the gratis Figment minigolf course; or just pass out in the grass with the sun on your face. (But be sure to return your rental before 5:30pm; last call for taking out a cycle is 4:30pm.)

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