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10 ways to take advantage of this week's summery weather in NYC

By Tolly Wright
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Yeah, we know you might be dying for some fall foliage already, but with temperatures in the 80s on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, we need to take advantage of that heat while we can. Here are a few things you should do before that brisk autumn chill kicks in. 

1.Take that apple cider and pumpkin pie on a picnic

There will be plenty of time for curling up with your fall favorites under a blanket come November; right now it's time to find the perfect shady spot in a city park to indulge in those tasty treats.

2. Schedule a date night on a boat   

Remember those crazy crowds when you tried to enjoy happy hour at North River Lobster and Frying Pan back in August? Well, those places are still open for the season (though not for long) and less popular now that everyone is out searching for the best Oktoberfest brews.

3. Wear a spooky Hawaiian-themed costume to a haunted house

Surfers aren't scary, unless they're zombie surfers looking to hang ten and eat some brains.

4. Go ice skating at the Rink at Rockefeller Center in your shorts

If the heat starts to get to be too much, why not face-plant right into an outdoor rink in front of dozens of tourists?

5. Tan until you're as orange as a pumpkin

New York has plenty of amazing sunbathing spots across the city's parks and beaches—just remember to bring the sunscreen. 

6. Escape to Coney Island

Okay, it's not quite warm enough to be frolicking in the ocean, but the rides at Luna Park are still calling your name and maybe all that sun on the Boardwalk will warm you up enough to dip your toes while you collect seashells.  

7. Wake up early and rush a Broadway show

Trust us, it's a whole lot better waiting for hours at the crack of dawn when the weather is warm than bundling up in your coat come winter.

8. Indulge in some amazing ice cream and iced coffee 

Come on, you know you want to.

9. Rent a paddleboat or rowboat and look at the changing leaves

Break out those flip-flops and casual dresses—no sweaters necessary. If things take a turn for the worst a la Bridget Jones, you won't freeze to death, either.

10. Drink that pumpkin ale on a rooftop bar

We promise you that spicy, sweet alcoholic goodness will taste just as good with the breeze in your hair as it does in a cozy lounge by an unlit fireplace. 

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